"either keep this place clean or all of you are getting 30 days notice. I'll be back to check on Sunday."
I don't rent to college students but I would think there should be a "joint and several liability" clause that makes everyone 100% responsible for the entire property and the entire rent amount. Otherwise Johnny could be totally trashing his room and nobody would even care to report it because they have no responsibility.
Yes, and what of the common areas? If everyone is only responsible for their own rooms, then no one is held accountable for the common areas. Is that "Joint and several liability" something on legal rental form documents?
Recently got out of the student rental business but yes lease did have a joint liability clause for common area wear and damage. All renters got dirtygrams from landlord when common areas were found in less than desirable condition. In the end i never had to jointly charge anyone for damages as one always admitted to the damage and we charged only that person. We did keep careful watch over the houses though. A lot less work doing regular rentals as we are only doing that now. No interest in going back