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    "Pre-viewing" questions

    Started advertising the house this afternoon on a local FB "private rent" page. Have had about 20 people contact me interested in viewing.

    I'm now ever-so-slightly overwhelmed! I knew it would let well (because that's why we bought it) but didn't think I'd be turning notifications off on my phone because the vibrate is driving me insane!

    I'm thinking of sending people "pre-viewing" questions so I can narrow the viewings down a bit.

    Can anyone think of anything to add to (or remove from) the following list?

    1. Who will be living in the property?

    2. Do you have children? If so, how many and how old are they?

    3. Do you have pets? If so, what type, how many and how old are they?

    4. Why are you looking to move?

    5. When are you looking to move?

    6. Are you currently working? If so, is it full or part time? How long have you worked there?

    7. Do you claim any benefits? If so, which ones?

    #2
    Sounds like your advert is quite vague if you want to ask those questions. Do you want to allow pets/children/non working people?
    "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

    What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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      #3
      Don't allow pets:

      http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/forums...ull-of-dog-poo

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        #4
        Yeah, ad was probably a bit vague. Didn't even think of the pets thing until someone asked if I take them (answer was Not big dogs, other pets considered on payment of extra pet deposit. Apparently a husky isn't a "big dog" )

        Just want to be able to narrow down the 20-odd to about half a dozen or so to view. If someone says they've got 3 kids, it's a no, as the second bedroom is a big single/small double so wouldn't be room, but if they've got one kid and are working PT and getting tax credits then that would probably be OK.

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          #5
          Send them the residential tenancy application form over here...
          http://www.landlordzone.co.uk/documents

          Expect quite a few to lose interest at that stage...

          If you are uncomfortable with anyone for any reason politely thank them for their interest but decline. Anyone you are thinking of renting to get the usual credit & reference checks from various suppliers... Anyone offering 6 or 12 months up front be suspicous (there may be valid reasons...)

          Better an empty property than a bad tenant!

          Good luck, you'll sort it! (You've been asking questions! )
          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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            #6
            Originally posted by emwithme View Post
            Started advertising the house this afternoon on a local FB "private rent" page. Have had about 20 people contact me interested in viewing.
            Don't know how that works (not a facebook fan, I'm afraid) but can't you at least have a quick shufti at the FB profiles of the people who've expressed interest?

            I would be inclined to speak to the prospects on the phone rather than have them fill in a form at this stage; you may be able to glean much more from a conversation (and their knee-jerk response to your questions). The list you've got is more or less what I ask my candidates. Add one about smoking! (though the answer will be 'no' of course)

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              #7
              Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post
              Add one about smoking! (though the answer will be 'no' of course)
              You could even ask, "Would you be ok smoking just outside the property" people are stupid, the smokers will say no they don't mind, the non smokers will tell you they don't smoke. If you ask if they smoke they will all probably answer no if they want the property.
              "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

              What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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                #8
                I don't like to turn down viewings. I do live locally to all my properties (well, one is next door!) so I'm loathe to say "no" before I meet someone... the period when I'm doing viewings is usually not that prolonged, a few days, so I'm prepared for it.

                Recent experience was about 7 days live advert, 6 viewings, 3 offers (all for the asked for price)... after that the Agent and I decided to do no more viewings, we knew someone would have it. I'm still glad I did the other viewings.

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