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About 2 weeks ago 36
I’ve discovered that a tenant I’m currently trying to remove is already registered on a ‘bad tenant’ database.
I’ve done a quick straw-poll with some of my regular agents and discovered that none of them routinely check if prospective tenants are on any of the various databases available. Does anyone know why these databases seem so unpopular with professional agents?
I rent a couple of properties, so only need to find new tenants maybe once a year. This makes it un-economic for me to subscribe to all of the half dozen or so ‘bad tenant’ databases I’ve encountered. I’d have thought that if a letting agent is vetting hundreds of tenants a year then it would make sense for them to subscribe to all of them.
BTW, I did ask this question of my agents, but didn’t really get much of answer, they just mumbled a bit and made a few half-hearted excuses. (this includes some of the larger, national agencies as well as the smaller local ones)
The possible reasons I can think of are either a) the letting agent doesn’t really care, and is just looking to claim his fee b) there are too many databases to choose from and the agent doesn’t know which one to use or c) the agent knows the databases aren’t very good.
Or is there something else I’m missing?
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