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    Advice to other LL's

    I'm in the process of renting out a property, and the amount of calls I've had from prospective T's has been a lot, but the quality of them very very low, the latest one said that they did not want to do a viewing if i was going to do any checks on them. So would advice all LL's better to have a property sitting empty then to provide to a T who will default on their obligations as soon as they move in if you don't do a pre-screening of the T's and then follow through with reference and credit checks otherwise expect the situation to become a nightmare when they move in.

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    Hasn't that always been the case - some people will disrespect you if you let them.

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      #3
      Very old saying: A void is better than a bad tenant....
      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
        Hi Ash, agreed at the very minimum I conduct a tenant reference check and as a general rule will not accept anyone with a CCJ or bad credit history. Some others may be more accepting.

        I do always listen to the explanation and am especially careful to be understanding if the person has health issues (mental or physical) as people can always get themselves into a bad spot.

        I find some applicants are accepting of that position whereas others can get quite verbal at which point it confirms my decision anyway.

        In short if something goes wrong within a tenancy then so be it and we have to work together to find the best way forward but starting out on the wrong foot nearly always nearly ends in disaster. In short I'd agree with having a void unless they at least pass some basic checks to give yourself a fighting chance moving forwards.

        All the best Stew

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          #5
          Originally posted by theartfullodger View Post
          Very old saying: A void is better than a bad tenant....
          This...... if i have any doubt in regards any prospective tenants then my properties would stay empty, if you are not 100% sure then employ an agent on a tenant find basis and also interview them yourselves when they have witted them down. There are good tenants out there but you have to search through a lot of rubbish to find them.

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