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    New Tenant Application form - help please

    Hi everyone,

    I have some viewings lined up today for a property I have just put up on the market, this is the first time renting a property without using an Agent so I am lacking necessary paperwork... can anybody recommend a suitable application form I should take along? What kind of personal information am I entitled to request?

    Would you suggest using a company to carry out referencing (employers/landlord/credit checks) or is it simple enough to do by myself?

    Any help is appreciated.

    Many thanks.

    #2
    Originally posted by HDPM View Post
    I have some viewings lined up today for a property I have just put up on the market...
    I am lacking necessary paperwork
    I give up.

    You're about to consider letting a property worth a huge amount of money to some strangers and you haven't bothered to think about what you need to do to try and make sure your asset is as safe as you can be?

    How do the people viewing the property know what your selection criteria will be so they don't waste everyone's time?
    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
      Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
      I give up.

      You're about to consider letting a property worth a huge amount of money to some strangers and you haven't bothered to think about what you need to do to try and make sure your asset is as safe as you can be?

      How do the people viewing the property know what your selection criteria will be so they don't waste everyone's time?
      I am simply asking for a 'good' application form template - there are so many available, I wondered if one that someone on here had used before could be suggested. I'm well aware that you need employment details, current and previous landlord details and to run a credit check - I haven't done this myself before, only used Agencies, so I wondered how simple people had found doing it themselves. I have already stipulated criteria to potential viewers and have lined up only suitable appointments.

      I am conscious of Data Protection etc and just want to make sure I AM asking the right questions.

      I have considered everything, I am just asking for some advice from others in the field without having to spend a fortune with an Agent, as I have suffered with them in the past! Thank you.

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        #4
        Originally posted by HDPM View Post
        I am simply asking for a 'good' application form template - there are so many available,
        Have you looked at the checklists in the "Documents" section of this website?

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          #5
          I think jpkeates makes valid points. The application form and referencing issues should perhaps have been considered by you earlier, as should the law surrounding data protection and how to carry out credit checks.

          The PRS is a different business to that of 12 months ago and I think we are all mindful that mistakes at the early stage will cost a landlord thousands.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Jon66 View Post
            The PRS is a different business to that of 12 months ago and I think we are all mindful that mistakes at the early stage will cost a landlord thousands.
            How true this is.........naive or first time LL's are easy prey to tenants who may know more about the PRS than the Landlord themselves, like animals crossing the zambezi river !!!! Watch out for the Crocs.

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              #7
              So you've read all of this lot but found it unsatisfactory in the documents section on landlordzone???
              https://www.landlordzone.co.uk/documents/

              Pre-Tenancy Interview Checklist
              Pre-Letting Checklist - takes into account new regulations
              Quick Checklist - Renting Legal Requirements
              Right-to-Rent Declaration
              Identification Certificate
              Basic Tenancy Application
              Comprehensive Tenancy Application <== Note this one especially ....
              Comprehensive Guarantor Application
              International Tenancy Application
              International Guarantor Application
              Lodger Application
              Company / Firm Application
              Company / Firm International Application
              Character Reference Request
              Landlords-Guide to Preventing Tenant Fraud
              Student Landlord Guide to Guarantors
              Previous Landlord Reference

              PS and in your other post I was most amused by the remark
              I have considered everything,
              ??

              I'm 100% confident that even after 20+ years of being a landlord there's bound to be something that I haven't considered: Well over 100 Acts and regulations govern this game, think we can all be confident there's some little wrinkle we don't fully understand: Probably double 100 as I also rent out in Scotland, different set of laws. But then I bow to your superior knowledge.

              Artful: Still learning: Still making mistakes.
              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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                #8
                Never bothered with a form. I can vet most people on the phone before they get as far as a viewing just asking about jobs and personal history. If they get as far as a viewing I'll ask them to bring or email 3 months bank statement plus ID and if I'm still not sure of them I might ask for more references or credit check after I've met them.

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                  #9
                  This is the scariest time to be a landlord right now - even a very experienced one - with people losing jobs and zero chance of repossession in the foreseeable future. Its hard enough to get right when you know what you're doing, but why would you add to the risk of getting things wrong and kiss goodbye to Ā£000s or write off your valuable asset to save a few quid? Very very unwise in my view.

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                    #10
                    I have used Tenant Verify in the past - I find their application form scares off some would be tenants!
                    Unshackled by the chains of idle vanity, A modest manatee, that's me

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