Once I got my own one bedroom apt in college, that summer, a friend said she needed a place to live. Rent was cheap, but even cheaper divided in half!
She had no furniture, but I had a pull-out bed for her, and complete furnishings, so she lacked for nothing.
Except, she fussed about my full bookcase. She was paying half rent, so she should get use of HALF of ALL the furniture. She did have half the closet, and we had our own food, I supplied ALL the kitchenware, but...it was all my furniture, so I did not clear the bookcase.
Maybe I was wrong on that. But what she owned fit into a hatchback car. I had a u-haul amount of stuff that she used.
OP-whatever they finalize, get it in hard cold writing, and all three sign.
Are all three girls named on the lease?
landlord only cares if payment is made or not made, not by whom. But, the names(s) on the lease are the ones that count.
Oh--that reminds me-- that next summer, another girl happily paid half the rent to share a fully finished apartment with me. Her name was not on the lease, but she said she would take it over when I moved out-of-state.
But, she did not tell the landlord.
I cleaned all my stuff out, had a good-bye dance party (something about a face in a cake!) u-haul was loaded, turned in my key, and realized that second girl was jsut hanging around, fully expecting the gods of real estate to bestow this place upon her.
The landlord drove over right quick after I called to ask what I should do, and had her pay a security deposit and sign a lease, while I happily drove away.
Teens and 20 somethings still have a few things to learn. It is theirs to learn, though, so good for not helicoptering.