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Sometimes, prospective tenants may come to you and tell you that they are going to be roommates and will be moving in together. Roommate issues are common and require special attention. As a landlord, you need to explain to your tenants all these different problems that can arise while they live together in your unit.
1. What are common shared accommodation problems that tenants need to be aware of?
2. What major issues should roommates discuss among themselves before moving in?
3. What does "jointly and severally" liable mean?
4. Is it possible for a co-tenant to evict another co-tenant?
5. If a co-tenant moves out, will he or she be released from all of the obligations and responsibilities under the lease?
Let's talk about the first of these 5 questions. What are common shared accommodation problems that tenants need to be aware of?
If prospective tenants want to be co-tenants (people who sign the same lease and share the same responsibilities stated in the lease), they need to be aware that the actions (even those that are unintentional) of a co-tenant may affect others.
Here are some problems that can arise:
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