16:57 PM, 11th August 2015, About 6 years ago
I used to own a group of Care Homes and this issue has lived with us for years. The real responsibility comes when you accept a tenant and they move into the property. At Lettingsupermarket.com, we outsource all of our references through an ultimate nationwide scheme which ensures that measures are undertaken to stop a landlord accepting any illegal immigrant.
There is, however, a problem with this. When there is insufficient information to prove legal residency the referencing agent will, very likely, submit a rejection and “bounce it back” to the agent. Now dependent on the agent he will either advise you as he should, to reject the applicant, or if the property is slow to move, maybe take a risk on your behalf and accept them and hope that everything is Ok (after all, most of them are, aren’t they?).
The third risk is the letting agent who self-references, you know the sort, £50 – £75 charge to the applicant and do the best you can, and finally, the landlord who self references, good or bad, how much do you want to rent out!
As many of you are patently aware, most agents hold the tenants details close to their chests until the deed is done. Lettingsupermarket.com has an answer to this. Prior to the acceptance of any tenancy we undertake to submit to you, proof that the applicant is legally entitled to be in this country. If you are not happy, advise us and we will either seek further proof or dismiss them from the application process.
This does not mean to say that we won’t reference them, we will, if only to minimise a void, but a void has little value from the back of a prison cell.
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