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    References for non-UK resident seeking AST

    We have a tenant who is interested in renting a house, they have only been in the country for a few weeks - do not have UK references or a UK bank account (although they say they are about to open one)

    they have supplied a USA landlord's reference and their parents, who have lived in the UK for a number fo years will be Guarantor - of who we have 2 professional and bank references.

    The issue is that the tenant wishes to take the house, paying rent by cheque each month (instead of by standing order mandate which is standard practice). We have refused this but we have offered to allow the tenants parents to pay the rent each month by standing order, as a third party, bacuase we have satisfactory UK references for them.

    The potential tenant has now come back and said that they have spoken to their solicitor and the fact that they have provided a US landlord and US bank reference, there is no need for their parents to be responsible for the rent.

    Would a solicitor advise this? Any advice greatly recieved

    #2
    Two types of people look honest: honest ones and effective crooks.
    Insist on:
    a. standing order (as they say that they'll have a UK £ bank account); and
    b. guarantors.
    If they refuse, dump 'em.
    JEFFREY SHAW, solicitor [and Topic Expert], Nether Edge Law*
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      #3
      I would insist on all rent for the fixed period being paid up front, and I would definitely insist on a guarantor. They might be spinning you a yarn about the advice from their solicitor and it's to be ignored under the circumstances. It's important to start as you mean to go on - i.e. stay in control, and don't let the tenant control you.
      The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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        #4
        yes good advice as usual from the experts here.

        I have had very honest foreign students who have no problem paying in advance for what they commit to. I do hope they have never been ripped off by an unscrupulous landlord as they do pay 6 or 12 months in advance.

        Have to say following the threads here that many problems re late payment, no payment, false stories etc seem remote.

        I do have parental guarantors too but to be honest as they pay up front I am not sure what they are guaranteeing.

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          #5
          They are guaranteeing fulfillment of the contract so it's not just the rent.
          The advice I give should not be construed as a definitive answer, and is without prejudice or liability. You are advised to consult a specialist solicitor or other person of equal legal standing.

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