Tenants are jointly and severally liable for both the rent and the maintenance of the property; Responsibilities are shared between tenants (as in the case of a single tenancy agreement where the primary tenants are liable, as stipulated in the tenancy agreement). For example, if one tenant does not pay rent, the other tenants must cover the deficit. As a general rule, the remaining tenants are also responsible for finding either tenant when a room becomes available. Most landlords prefer a separate lease with each tenant. Landlords can sign an individual contract with each tenant or sign a joint lease with the group. The lease should mention what is the case. .