Moving in with a partner

What Couples Need to Know before Moving In Together

If you are currently renting and talk between you and your partner has turned to living together, there are a few practical things you should know first.

Here at Pennington, we pride ourselves on being as helpful as possible, but this isn’t about relationship advice but rather to do with what you need to know before moving in together. So based on insights we’ve gained over the years from helping many couples set up home together, you may need to consider the following – 

Speak to your landlord

One option when moving in together is to start afresh in a new rental property. However, if you plan to move into your partner’s rented place or for them to join you, then you need to discuss this with the landlord. Be aware that you’ll need to get the landlord’s permission first, and they’ll most likely have to run a reference check. 

Budget and bills

The good thing about living with someone is you can share the financial burden of renting. But you’ll need to have a frank conversation at the start to discuss how much you can afford to pay in rent and how you’ll split the bills.

Jointly liable

It’s worth understanding that when the two of you sign a tenancy agreement, you are both ‘jointly and severally liable’. This means that if, for example, your partner loses their job and can’t pay the rent, you could be liable to pay their share. The same goes for the upkeep and maintenance of the property. You’re both equally responsible. 


If you both already have your own homes, decide what furniture you’ll each take to your new property. It’s unlikely that you will need to have everything you both own, so you may need to give away or sell some big-ticket items. At this point, you may also get the home-making bug, in which case, it may be time to put your relationship to the test by taking a trip to Ikea – so good luck!

If you’re looking for a new rental property, contact us today.

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