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    My letting agent is arranging a tenancy with three overseas students. They are paying a deposit and 3 months rent up front. However, I'm concerned about obtaining satisfactory references on them - all the agent has produced so far is a copy of a passport for one of the students. There is also no UK guarantor.

    I would really appreciate some advice on what type of visa/references I should accept before allowing them to become my tenants. Clearly if they were UK residents I could obtain employer and landlord references and credit searches. How do I get the equivalent for overseas tenants?

    Many thanks for any help.

    If your agent doesn't know how to do this then I suggest changing your agent before you go any further!

    Homelet offer an overseas referencing service but it really depends on what type of students they are; are they on a recognised course through a reputable educational/training establishment? will the establishment stand guarantor - I suspect not but its worth asking the question.
    My advice is not based on formal legal training but experience gained in 20+ years in the letting industry.


      They should either be paying the whole term upfront, have a UK guarantor or possibly have a government sponsor from overseas, these are the only acceptable options. In your situation they either pay up front or don't move in at all.
      <a href="http://www.manchesterpropertygroup.co.uk/" target="_blank">Manchester letting agents</a>


        I would suggest a deposit of at least 4 months but only the normal 1 months rent in advance. My thinking being that you could get them out under s8 before the deposit is used up on unpaid rent.


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