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    Referencing a corporate tenant

    Hi all,

    My current tenancy came to an end. I have decided to try and let the property directly without using an estate agent. I have received an offer from a prospective tenant. They are missionaries sponsored by a church and the church will be paying their rent.

    My question is how do I reference the church. I assume it will be registered as a charity with the Charity Commission and may even be a company limited by Guarantee.

    The process as I understand is that I need to ask for a holding deposit in order to start the referencing process and I am not sure who I am referencing and how.

    Any input will be very much appreciated

    Thanks in advance

    Ash


    #2
    Will tenants be humans or a corporate body (eg "missionaries for the saviour of England"), please.

    No deposit of any nature is required before referencing.

    Assuming this is a corporate entity then it cannot be (may not be, legally impossible to be) an AST. Suggest you get a personal guarantee from one of the trustees of the charity (listed on charity commission website) having 1st credit checked that person.

    btw my 2nd worst tenant was a man of the cloth, a pastor. Nice people but... never again. They became so short of money that lights were almost alway off, all windows and ventilation shut, coats and hats worn indoors, terrible condensation/mould. The lord did provide, but nothing I welcomed.
    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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      #3
      So "Heretic" made one post in 2018 with no follow-up

      Now "Heretic" has a potential Religious tenant - slight conflict of views me thinks - what could go wrong.


      My views are my own - you may not agree with them. I tend say things as I see them and I don't do "political correctness". Just because we may not agree you can still buy me a pint lol

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        #4
        I think it would depend which church it is - if it's someone who is sending missionaries to the UK, they're probably not UK based.

        It won't be an AST unless you rent to the missionaries personally (you don't really need to know who's actually paying the rent), so you'll need a commercial tenancy agreement (for a company let, not one for a commercial property).
        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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          #5
          theartfullodger tenants will be individuals; not sure which 'church' it is waiting to hear back before deciding what to do. I will look at their income and expenses account and BS before making a decision.

          landlord-man

          jpkeates Noted, thanks.

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            #6
            Originally posted by hereticV View Post
            theartfullodger tenants will be individuals; not sure which 'church' it is waiting to hear back before deciding what to do. I will look at their income and expenses account and BS before making a decision.

            .....
            So no corporate tenant then. Have you done on training in landlord/tenant law, please?
            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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