Shared Accommodation 101: What types of shared accommodation are out there?
You on the verge of becoming an independent person and wish to live on your own; you just got your first job outside your hometown; these are the reason that introduce you to the world of renting homes. But where to start? What to look for? We want to start off this blog with a little introduction for shared accommodation. What types are out there? What to look for? How to choose the right one for you?
Types of Shared Accommodation
These are some of the types of shared accommodation available:
Type 1: Flat/ Home
Flat / house share
Many people decide to join forces and rent a flat or a house together. This does not necessarily mean that the group of people renting the home know each other, actually in most cases, the group is consisted of strangers, a topic that we will talk about in the future [choosing the right flatmate].
When becoming sharers under a joint tenancy, you will officially be jointly and severally liable which means that you will be responsible for the rent payments and other obligations. We suggest when signing the tenant contract, all shares should put their signature on it, so that everyone can have equal responsibilities.
Another thing that we want to address is when one of the tenants wants to leave. It is normally for the person who leaves to give a notice and, if following the unwritten rule of shared accommodation, to find his replacement himself. Landlords usually tend to resign the contracts with the new tenant involved so this will not mean any trouble for anyone.
Type 2: Rooms to let (no landlord)
You will find this type in the ads described as “ROOM TO LET”. This is the way if you want total independence and privacy in your place. Each tenant gets his own room, and the number of tenants
is set by the number of rooms the home has.
There are couple pro and cons that come in the package. Having your own room is an advantage. You will also sign a contract regarding yours and yours alone room. What the other tenants do in their rooms will not mind you.
A major disadvantage is that you as a tenant have no vote in choosing the other tenants. However, most landlords will choose decent people that are responsible in any way, so it might be safe to assume that this will not be a problem. However, the landlord will not care if your flatmate don’t have the same interests as you.
Type 3: Rooms to let (with landlord)
Many families have bigger houses in which they have spare room. It is common, for example an older couple, to rent a room or two to tenants. Of course major disadvantage in this type of rental is that you live with the landlord. This might result in feeling uncomfortable doing things that you might have done living alone, having bigger responsibility not just towards your room but the whole house as well.
A Few Last Words…
To sum up, there are other types of shared accommodations, ones that might not be legal or not permitted without agreement with the landlord [such as “Sublet” where two people rent a three room apartment and then rent the third room for their own profit]. However, overall, these are the types of rentals you might come across when searching one for yourself.