Ban Group Tenancies for Properties with Over 4 People

I believe a ban should be placed on group tenancies for properties with over 4 people.

 

The idea is given birth from a situation I experienced as a student renting for the first time at university. In order to find accommodation at a reasonable price and in time for the following year, myself and three friends rented a 10 person house with a few unknowns and another group that we were briefly acquainted with.

Much to our surprise when it came time to signing the tenancy contract (by now it was too late to find alternate accommodation) we realised that the contract was worded for a single tenant and that simply by placing the names of all tenants on this one contract, we became treated as a single entity by law. We confirmed that this was common practise so thought nothing of it.

Later I left university during the middle of the year. Following my contractual agreement continuing to pay rent for the entire year and I paid off any outstanding and statutory bills out of good will to other housemates.

It turned out that a housemate had failed to pay rent and bills for many months and that several thousands of pounds were now being asked for from the other tenants, including myself, by the estate agent that managed the property.

Why is this idea important?

I believe a ban should be placed on group tenancies for properties with over 4 people.

 

The idea is given birth from a situation I experienced as a student renting for the first time at university. In order to find accommodation at a reasonable price and in time for the following year, myself and three friends rented a 10 person house with a few unknowns and another group that we were briefly acquainted with.

Much to our surprise when it came time to signing the tenancy contract (by now it was too late to find alternate accommodation) we realised that the contract was worded for a single tenant and that simply by placing the names of all tenants on this one contract, we became treated as a single entity by law. We confirmed that this was common practise so thought nothing of it.

Later I left university during the middle of the year. Following my contractual agreement continuing to pay rent for the entire year and I paid off any outstanding and statutory bills out of good will to other housemates.

It turned out that a housemate had failed to pay rent and bills for many months and that several thousands of pounds were now being asked for from the other tenants, including myself, by the estate agent that managed the property.

De-classify and legally regulate Cannabis

Legalise Cannabis, regulate it in a similar manner to Alcohol and Cigarettes. Even go as far as giving it 'unit's to help people understand and regulate their intake.

Misconceptions:

No evidence has yet been provided to show that cannabis is any more dangerous than existing consumable drugs and chemicals (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine etc). It is known to trigger mental illness in a very select few individuals, however, this is often taken out of context. ANY drug can trigger an illness or reaction and does so to a similar extent. People may be allergic to alcohol, nuts, sunlight, aspartame, the list goes on.

The situation is also exaggerated by the introduction of 'Skunk' and other cannabis derivatives. These substances are effectively a different product but are currently classed the same and used in judging the safety of cannabis. These products contain unknown and dangerous elements and known dangerous elements. By not allowing legalisation of cannabis, we've allowed these proven dangerous drugs to enter our country under the guise of cannabis, and without legal regulation, the buyer does not know what it is that they are paying for.

Why is this idea important?

Legalise Cannabis, regulate it in a similar manner to Alcohol and Cigarettes. Even go as far as giving it 'unit's to help people understand and regulate their intake.

Misconceptions:

No evidence has yet been provided to show that cannabis is any more dangerous than existing consumable drugs and chemicals (alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine etc). It is known to trigger mental illness in a very select few individuals, however, this is often taken out of context. ANY drug can trigger an illness or reaction and does so to a similar extent. People may be allergic to alcohol, nuts, sunlight, aspartame, the list goes on.

The situation is also exaggerated by the introduction of 'Skunk' and other cannabis derivatives. These substances are effectively a different product but are currently classed the same and used in judging the safety of cannabis. These products contain unknown and dangerous elements and known dangerous elements. By not allowing legalisation of cannabis, we've allowed these proven dangerous drugs to enter our country under the guise of cannabis, and without legal regulation, the buyer does not know what it is that they are paying for.