Prospective Tenants not happy for visit – Should this ring alarm bells?

by Readers Question

10:33 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Prospective Tenants not happy for visit – Should this ring alarm bells?

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Prospective Tenants not happy for visit – Should this ring alarm bells?

We have a nice big modern rental property and from taking on board a thread on here I asked my agent to ask my new prospective tenants if I could visit them in their home.

My agent was absolutely shocked and said this had never happened before but would ask the ‘tenant’. She got back to my saying they had refused as they think it’s intrusive.

This property is the best available in the area and we’ve already turned two people down as their credit wasn’t great.

We now need to let this asap but would the above information set alarm bells with any of you?

Many thanks

GillianHome



Comments

Simon Topple

10:40 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Hmmm "alarm bells are ringing, winston".

May not be the case, but a large property is absolutely perfect for running a cannnabis factory. If tenants refuse access even before you've let it, it should raise a red flag.

Jamie M

11:09 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Give the 24 hours notice and then go and see how well the plants are growing. Alarm bells yes!

Jamie M

11:13 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

OOPs! misunderstood your message, you want to visit them at their current home. If they don't agree, then don't let to them! Intrusive is one of those words people use to keep away the unwanted! its like offensive! Don't look at me> always be sceptical as a landlord or it may land you in thousands or 10's of thousands of debt.

Elizabeth Arnold

11:14 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

It may not indicate a problem but I would ask myself why they are reluctant and are they going to refuse entry if they become tenants. We have recently started asking to see people in their homes and have met no resistance, though the agents were surprised.

Perfect Tenant

11:20 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Can I just say that as a tenant with nothing to hide and excellent references I have never had a problem with a prospective landlord/agent visiting me at my present address. In fact, I would have thought it an excellent way of assessing the tenant. After all, how they have looked after their previous property is a vital indication of how they will look after their future property. A few bad tenants give the many good ones a bad name so if you are a good tenant what have you got to hide?
By the way, what a brilliant site this is. Habitual reading for both landlords and tenants alike!

Jamie M

11:24 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Reply to the comment left by "Perfect Tenant" at "24/07/2014 - 11:20":

Exactly!

Jill Coyne

11:29 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Was going to comment but realized you meant visit their home not your property

Neil Woodhead

11:33 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

Many Tenants go through an Agency because they do not wish to have any relationship whatsoever with the Landlord.

Look at it from the Tenants perspective, you employ an Agent to find and check tenants but want to do your own "personal" reference in their home......will you be popping round for a cup of tea and making sure their curtains are open will be going through their mind.

If you are only getting applicants who have credit issues does that reflect the proposed rent or condition of property?

Brian Phillips

11:41 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

As an agent I have often visited prospective tenants in their current home prior to letting one of my client's flats/houses to them

Refusal to allow you to do so should ring huge alarm bells. Don't let to them. If you do, you have a very high possibility of very expensive repairs/legal action or something similar

Romain Garcin

11:48 AM, 24th July 2014
About 4 years ago

What would you do if prospective tenants asked to visit you in your home?

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