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    Worried about background check.

    Around 2 years ago I moved out of my parents house and into a flat, I paid the rent on time and got my deposit back.

    However there is one bad event that happened that makes me think I won't get a good reference.

    I went to the strip club with my friend and got absolutely smashed in the most dive place you can imagine. Me, two random guys, and a stripper brought speed at 5 in the morning and went back to my place.

    For those of you who don't know speed makes you really paranoid and talkative. I had to kick the two random guys out because they were making too much noise.

    One of them, who had presumably been up for a few days rang the police saying I had kidnapped a stripper and was raping her.

    The police raided my flat, I had to speak to the receptionists whilst high and drunk barely wearing any clothes. Then I asked one of the receptionists if she wanted to have sex. The police reported that they found white crushed up powder next to a credit card.

    I really need to move out soon. Yes, I fucked up. I admit. But I don't do drugs anymore, not even weed. I had a lot of personal trauma which is why I was drinking so much.

    I fully take responsibility for my actions, and I'm aware what I did was idiotic.

    I have no criminal convictions and paid my rent on time. Would this event bar me from finding a new place to live.

    I am fully sober, I focus on marital arts now.

    #2
    How would anyone find out about that?
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Social media. I check out prospective tenants & property purchasers thus.
      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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        #4
        Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
        Social media. I check out prospective tenants & property purchasers thus.
        I've deleted all social media.

        I only have one Facebook account which I use to follow my friends from various gyms. I have about 40 friends, no profile picture, and everything is on private.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
          How would anyone find out about that?
          Because if they rang up my and asked for a reference from my old flat?

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            #6
            Originally posted by Lornmowercat View Post
            Because if they rang up my and asked for a reference from my old flat?
            You don't have a criminal record, were you cautioned or arrested?
            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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              #7
              Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
              You don't have a criminal record, were you cautioned or arrested?
              Why would I be?

              They just questioned the girl, asked her if she wanted a lift home. She said she would rather stay with me. Then they left.

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                #8
                By the way I have been arrested when I was a teenager, but it never went to court. Will this come up on background checks. I was 19.

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                  #9
                  You'd have to have received a formal police caution to have a criminal record. I'm not sure how long it takes for those to be "spent", but it is probably not long.

                  If there is any realistic chance of anything negative coming up, it is better you reveal it up front than have it found out.

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                    #10
                    How did the landlord find out about the incident?

                    Where did the "receptionists" come from?

                    If the police found white powder next to a credit card and didn't even caution you, I feel somewhat disappointed in them.
                    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                      #11
                      The receptionist in the block of flats.

                      Why would you feel disappointed in the police not giving me a caution for a small amount of drugs in the flat. "Drugs ruin your life, so we are going to give you a criminal record which will hurt your future job prospects and chances of moving house forever".

                      Wow, a personal amount of drugs I deserve a criminal penalty. You know alcohol kills more people every year than every illegal drug combined?

                      I just said that the drugs belonged to someone else and I kicked them out because they were doing drugs, they believed me.

                      I don't think it seemed worth the effort for them to do anything considering only residue was left. And the fact that they were only in my flat based on false information probably had something to do with it.


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                        #12
                        Originally posted by Lornmowercat View Post
                        Why would you feel disappointed in the police not giving me a caution for a small amount of drugs in the flat. "Drugs ruin your life, so we are going to give you a criminal record which will hurt your future job prospects and chances of moving house forever".

                        Wow, a personal amount of drugs I deserve a criminal penalty. You know alcohol kills more people every year than every illegal drug combined
                        The police have a job to do and I'd prefer that they did it.

                        I've taken my fair share of illegal drugs and a lot of speed in my time (although not for many decades) so I know what it can do and, on reflection, yes I think you deserved at least a caution.
                        The harm done by drugs isn't limited to the users, who are making a personal choice (like a user of alcohol).
                        Because, for some reason, society has decided that some substances can't be used by individuals, supplying them to individuals requires a vast criminal enterprise.
                        And the real harm is done in order to deliver the drugs to you to use and in laundering the proceeds and competing for customers and suppliers.

                        Drugs don't always ruin the user's life, they ruin and end the lives of lots of other people.

                        But thank you for sharing your indignation.

                        I still don't see how anyone who could be asked for a reference would know what had happened and how they could possibly use it in a reference with any confidence that what they were saying was true.

                        And which blocks of flats have receptionists?
                        When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                        Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                          #13
                          jpkeates,

                          Your whole argument falls apart because if drugs were legal then there wouldn't be a criminal enterprise behind the manufacturing of the drugs, it would be done by legatimate companies, also drugs such as magic mushrooms, mescaline and weed can be grown by the user themselves cutting out any possible criminal interaction. However, it is still illegal to grow and produce your own drugs for personal consumption.

                          Yes, I'm well of aware that weed has lots of organised crime, exploatation, and human slavery but its a bit hypocritical when most people wear clothes made by child labour in China barely being paid enough and being overworked. If you are going into morals of what you should be allowed to buy based on the ethics of how it gets to the end user (which isn't their responsibility) at least be consistent.

                          ​Anyway I don't do drugs any more but thanks for your help.

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