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What is a house?
A house is a self contained unit that usually does not share any space or facilitites with any neighbouring property.
There are basically three types of house -
If you rent a house you will almost certainly have to sign a tenancy agreement for a minimum period of 6 months. If you intend to stay in the same location for less than 6 months, or if you want the freedom to move around during your stay, renting a house could be the wrong choice. A better choice might be to rent a room.
If you rent a house you will normally not only have to pay rent, but also utility bills such as gas, electricity, telephone, internet and council tax. When you calculate your monthly expenditure you should take thse additional expenses into account. A cheaper choice would be to rent a flat, to rent a studio or to rent a room.
There are however major advantages to renting a house as compared with the other alternative types of accomodation.
But before deciding to rent a house you must ask yourself, "Can I afford to pay the rent and utility bills by myself?" If not, you might consider sharing with friends and sharing the cost. It is possible for two or more people to jointly sign the tenancy agreement, in which case you are all jointly responsible for paying the rent and complying with the conditions of the tenancy agreement. For this reason it is strongly advised that you only share with friends who you know well and trust. Remember, if one of your housemates "disappears" for whatever reason, before the end of the tenancy, you alone will become responsible for paying all monies owed. This would include rent, bills and the cost of any damages or losses incurred during the tenancy.
If you have found a house but you feel that you are unable to afford the cost of the rent plus utilities by yourself, there is another solution to this problem. You, alone could sign the tenancy agreement and then informally ask one or more friends to share the house with you. You are then free to make an arrangement with your friends to ensure that they contribute to the costs. For example, you could ask your friends to pay a weekly or monthly "rent" for the use of one bedroom each, plus the shared use of the lounge, kitchen, bathroom/shower room, etc. You could also ask your friends to contribute to the cost of utility bill.
But there are severe disadvantages to using this method. There will not be a legally binding agreement between you and your housemates. For this reason if one of your housemates falls behind with his payments, or worse, refuses to pay for whatever reason, you are in a weak position. Futhermore, renting out individual rooms to your friends could be classed as "taking in paying guests" or "taking in lodgers". There may well be a clause in your tenancy agreement prohibiting this practice. So you, as the only person to sign the tenancy agreement, will be breaking your contract with the landlord of the property.
So you can now see that for many reasons it is very advisable that you only share with friends who you know well and trust.
If you cannot find any friends to share with and you plan to advertise on the Internet, or elsewhere, to find housemates, take extreme care. This practice can be extremely risky so I recommend that you read the section, Advertising for Housemates", before you start.
If you think that renting a house would be the right choice for you,
If you think that renting a house would be the wrong choice for you,
WHAT IS A HOUSE?
IS A HOUSE THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR ME?
SHARING A HOUSE