Who is liable for damage will be dependent on whether there is one tenancy agreement signed by everyone or if each of the tenants sign separate tenancy agreements. If you're yet to move in you should contact your agent/landlord to find out which one of these will be relevant to your tenancy.

Joint tenancy agreements

If you sign a joint tenancy agreement with other people, you're all liable for each other's actions during that tenancy. The contract is signed by everyone and the deposit is for the tenancy as a whole. For example, if one tenant doesn't pay their month's rent or damages something, the other tenants will be responsible for what is owed.

This can sometimes mean that there are deductions from the deposit which not all tenants agree to. If the landlord wants to keep some or all of the deposit for the actions of one particular tenant, we recommend that tenants try to resolve this between themselves (for example, asking the tenant responsible to pay separately from the deposit, so the other tenants aren't out of pocket). Communication between yourselves as tenants is key. In these circumstances as tenants are jointly and severally liable, SafeDeposits isn't able to get involved in disagreements between tenants.

Separate tenancy agreements

If you live in shared accommodation but sign a tenancy agreement individually, you're only responsible for your own living space and paying your rent which will be outlined in your tenancy agreement. Your deposit should be held in its own deposit account on our system with only your name listed against it. If you're not sure what type of contract you have for your tenancy, you should check your agreement.

We always advise thoroughly reading your tenancy agreement to ensure you are fully aware of your responsibilities as a tenant.