Is there a problem with two people lighting from a chanukiah that has two Shamashes and 16 candles? Say, Shamash, 8 candles, Shamash, 8 candles, all on one structure?


See Kitzur Shulchan Oruch 139 (6)

וצריכין ליזהר שיתן כל אחד ואחד נרותיו במקום מיוחד, כדי שיהיה היכר כמה נרות מדליקין

or as Ohr Someach expresses the halacha:

If a number of people are lighting in one household they should make a slight separation between their menorahs so that there is no confusion to the observer as to the number of candles.

So there is a problem with two people lighting from a double chanukiah.

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    No, quite opposite. The KSA only requires separation between groups of candles, not candelabras. – Adám Dec 26 '14 at 15:10

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