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    There are many non UK resident tenants out there. My question is how do landlords reference them and get RGI for them ? Do landlords only accept guarantors for them ? In order to pass a UK tenancy reference you need to be at least resident for 3 years in the UK. One potential tenant told me they had a company letter but that's no good to me if they ran back to their country in arrears.
    I personally would be nervous to grant them a tenancy without a guarantor.

    #2
    I find it very difficult to reference such tenants but have taken employers ref and bank ref from S. Africa once - it was all OK. I try to avoid these situations.



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      #3
      Just ask for 6 months rent up front if you're worried.
      To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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        #4
        More than half of my tenants have been non-UK nationals. I make sure I only take professional people with very good jobs and too much to lose by behaving badly and take a reference from their employer, whether theyve started work there or not. It establishes a link in everyones minds between me and the company they are trying to impress. Through a good face to face interview you can get a good feel for people and there are still checks you can do - bank statements etc.

        I recognise that things can still go wrong but in London such people have formed a strong proportion of the workforce so cant be ignored and also happen to be amongst the best tenants. Luckily Ive never had a bad tenant in 11 years.

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          #5
          My best ever tenants were not really reference-able or credit check-able. I took them as a neighbour who I'd known for a year or two said "Mr Artful they very nice people". They were.

          RGI? Never used it, never wasted money on it.
          I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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            #6
            Originally posted by anoxicblaze View Post
            In order to pass a UK tenancy reference you need to be at least resident for 3 years in the UK.
            Try another referencing and RGI agency. Mine doesn't have that criteria.

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