vexxxboy: this answers a few questions
Thanks mate, that made it very clear and re-enforced what everyone else has said.
nate:ChevronX: My brother rented with a couple, in I think it was a 3 bedroom house for a few weeks until the landlord found out, apparently he was unaware my brother was staying there and kicked him out, I guess some people are partial to how many and what kind of people are allowed. I guess if you are upfront to the land lord in the first place it helps your cause, although I do agree they should not raise the rent it is best to check first.
It's on your rental agreement how many people can stay in the house. You can have people visit and stay but not for long periods of time.
If in doubt, it always pays to chat with your landlord. My folks are landlords, and have been since I can remember - if you're reasonable, most are happy to be a accommodating.
The worst thing to do is keep your landlord in the dark as it will end badly.
Yeah, I dont want to keep them in the dark, which is why I'm going about enquiring and making sure I know what I'm doing first :)
If they raise the rent, it kind of defeats the purpose having someone else move in, but we'll wait and see what the agency comes back and says.
Its no skin off my nose either way. Everyone's got somewhere to live at the end of the day, so if they raise the rent I'll just flag it and keep on with our current setup.