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    I am a searching for a new lodger and have found a nice girl who seems to fit in with my requirements (friendly, down to earth etc) but I have a couple of reservations.

    She has just arrived from Australia and so currently has no job. She said she wants to sort out accommodation first before sorting a job out. She is a project manager and says she has saved up enough money to cover her whilst she looks for a job.

    I ask for rent weekly and she has agreed to pay 2 weeks in advance plus a months deposit. She has just given me 2 references - one from a previous employer back in Oz and one from an estate agents in Oz about her previous tenancy.

    I have already been very inquisitive and warey about her and asked a lot of questions and have delayed committing to a final answer.

    On the bottom of both her references she has hand written (in some sort of legal jargon) that I can not contact her referees unless I get her consent first. Does that really hold? Id like to call them up to make sure they are legitimate. But do I really have to ask her first?

    Are there any other precautions you think I should take? Do you think I should steer clear of her? She seems nice enough and trustworthy!

    I know many people like to stay clear of tenants who cant prove their income but is it easier for me to get rid of someone since I am a live-in landlord? Do different laws apply?

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