Please can you advise on a tenancy agreement signed by my nephew which I believe may be exploitative. He moved in to a shared house let by a Cardiff letting agency. The agreement states “Where there is more than one tenant, all obligations, including those for rent and repairs can be enforced against all of the tenants jointly and against each individually.” Within a few months, his three housemates moved out for different reasons (e.g. one of them turned out to be a drug dealer who left without paying some of his bills). Now the agency are pressuring my nephew, who is only 21 and a student living for the first time away from home, to pay all of the rent. The contract runs until June. It’s not my nephew’s fault that his housemates left and he had no power to prevent them. He did not realise that this clause would be used to try and force him to pay the full rent for the whole house, which is completely beyond his means. Why isn’t it up to the landlord to find new tenants, or forego profiting from their own property?