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Shared and subletting

Sharing a home with other people can be great fun, but it’s important to choose carefully who you live with, and to check that you understand your rights.

Your rights will also be affected by the type of tenancy you have. See the sections on council tenancies, housing association tenancies and private tenancies for more information.

Choosing who to live with

Do you want to live on your own, in a house or flat-share, with your girlfriend or boyfriend, or with a friend? Weigh up the pros and cons before you decide

Whose name the agreement is in

Thinking of moving in with someone? You’ll need to decide whether to have separate tenancies, a joint tenancy, or a tenancy in only one person’s name

Things to agree in advance

Whoever you decide to live with, it helps if everyone agrees on some ground rules before moving in together. If everything’s clear from the start, it could save major rows later on


A lodger is someone who rents a room in her/his landlord’s home and who shares living space with her/him


Subtenants rent from an intermediary tenant rather than the owner of the property

Problems with housemates

Problems with housemates can be hard to resolve. What you can do usually depends on what the problem is and whose name the agreement is in

Houses in multiple occupation

Some houses or flats that are occupied by more than one household are classed as houses in multiple occupation (or HMO)

We are sorry that we cannot provide this information in Welsh, however if you would like to speak to an adviser in Welsh please contact 08000 495 495.

This page was last updated on: May 29, 2017

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