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    #16
    Just on referencing!

    These are but two examples recently to show how parlous the state of letting finds itself in; the general standard is I'm afraid very poor.
    1. An advert in the local paper by a private landlord asks for "tenant to provide references with application and bond".
    2. I was telephoned by an ARLA/NAEA agent who was anxious to get one of my (outgoing) tenants into one of their properties, and just asked over the 'phone whether he had paid the rent on time (affirmative) and if their had been any problems (Neighbours would periodically be upset by raucous behaviour and complain bitterly, and report it to the LA's EHO). I told the agent that he had replaced a 100 years old cottage style door that had been damaged during a fracas, with a B & Q bog standard box-panelled door. The architrave was damaged and the door won't shut! Result - tenant moved out of my managed property last week and moves into the new one today (minus his 6 weeks deposit) - a recipe for disaster for the new landlord I warrant! What will the agent have on file concerning previous agents reference? B*gg*r All!
    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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      #17
      Thanks one and all.

      Email from agent today

      "The references are in the post"

      On another note to do with references. Can you offer any recommendations on what we should be looking for in terms of good references. One of my worries is if the tenant currently in my house had not paid rent on his last rental and say has a court judgement against him. That is unlikely to have shown up at the time he was credit checked for our house. (Unless he had done it previously) Don't court judgements go against your name and address so if they move you can't track that....if you see what I mean.

      If my agent went to the previous agent for a reference which I believe they did and asked questions like did he pay rent on time ? Which maybe he didn't if I can prove he did that can I hold the previous agent responsible for lying on the reference.

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        #18
        Originally posted by sukesu
        Thanks one and all.

        Email from agent today

        "The references are in the post"

        On another note to do with references. Can you offer any recommendations on what we should be looking for in terms of good references. One of my worries is if the tenant currently in my house had not paid rent on his last rental and say has a court judgement against him. That is unlikely to have shown up at the time he was credit checked for our house. (Unless he had done it previously) Don't court judgements go against your name and address so if they move you can't track that....if you see what I mean.
        Look on the "zone" from the home page regarding references and there is an application form you can download asking all the necessary questions. You can also use the "zone's" referencing service; I understand it's very good!

        Originally posted by sukesu
        If my agent went to the previous agent for a reference which I believe they did and asked questions like did he pay rent on time ? Which maybe he didn't if I can prove he did that can I hold the previous agent responsible for lying on the reference.
        The agent needs to have obtained all references in writing from everybody so he won't be able to prove anything if all he has is an oral "okay", so the agent would not be undertaking his duty of care by not obtaining a written follow-up too to retain on his file! - Go for it!
        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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