There is no specific law that says who has to pay incidental fees or how utilities should be distributed among tenants. It is up to you, as a landlord, to address crystal clear expectations to your tenants before signing a lease. Verbally communicating these expectations is one approach. However, adding a clause to the lease offers the greatest protection and consistency. Now let`s look at the pros and cons of a rental agreement: if you have a common lease, all tenants have exactly the same rights. You are all responsible for paying the rent and complying with the terms of your agreement. In the case of rental agreements with joint rental agreement, all tenants are also liable for damages, regardless of the case of fault. The same applies to incidental costs and general maintenance of the property.