Referencing and Right to Rent
When we have agreement to proceed with a tenancy, we will take up appropriate references with a professional referencing company. This referencing takes the form of a right to rent check; a credit check; employer’s reference and previous landlord reference, if applicable. If a
tenant is self employed appropriate searches are undertaken.
Since 2016 landlords and letting agents working on their behalf have to check the ID of all prospective adult tenants to ensure they have the Right to Rent in England. Substantial fines can be imposed on landlords who let their property to tenants who do not have this right. Our comprehensive referencing process includes this check and where a prospective tenant has a time-limited right to remain we will arrange for follow up checks to be made if required.
We confirm each tenant’s identity by checking and copying two forms of identification. One of which needs to be a photo ID i.e. a passport or driving licence, the other a proof of address i.e. a utility bill etc.
When references are received and are found to be satisfactory we will liaise with you and recommend that a Tenancy be formally granted.
In certain circumstances, e.g. when a tenant is employed but still within their probationary period, we will ask them to provide a guarantor who can pay the rent if they are unable to do so. This guarantor will also be identified and referenced and they will be named on the tenancy
agreement as well as signing a separate guarantor agreement.
Please note that when we proceed, we will be doing so without any responsibility for the accuracy of these references or the information contained in them, unless it is due to our negligence or breach of contract. We will not be warranting the tenant as suitable.