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I have a question regarding a rented property. What rights

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Hi, I have a question regarding a rented property. What rights do I have if my co-tenant is refusing to pay rent?
JA: Where are you? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: London, UK
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: I have asked for the money, and extended the time period during which they can pay me, however I don't believe that they will
JA: Is there anything else the Lawyer should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: I am usually the person which pays the full rent for the month ahead, and they pay me back every 2 weeks.

Hi, I’m Lea and I will be assisting you with your query today.

You say 'co-tenant', is this a joint tenancy with both of you named as tenants on one tenancy agreement, or do you both have individual tenancies?

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Customer: replied 14 days ago.
It's a joint tenancy on one agreement. It may also be useful to note that I pay rent upfront each month and they pay me back bi-weekly, however this was only agreed on orally and not in
written form.

If the tenancy is joint you are both jointly and severally liable for the rent, which means that if one of you doesn't pay it, the other has to - and vice versa. The point being is that if you stopped paying that person's part of the rent, the landlord will go after both of you equally as there is just the one tenancy agreement.

If your joint tenant is refusing to pay rent and you cannot afford to pay it yourself, then you might need to ask the landlord to terminate the tenancy so that you don't end up in huge rent arrears.

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