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References


It is very important that the landlord interviews tenants carefully. The landlord will want to choose a person who will be a trustworthy and reliable tenant and although first impressions are useful, the landlord is strongly advised to take up references from the prospective tenantís current or previous landlord, employer and bank. Landlords should also verify that their prospective tenants are who they say they are. Landlords should get the tenant to show some identification  (ID) with a photo such as a passport or European style driving licence so that the landlord  can see the tenantsí name and an identifying picture.

The landlord may also consider using a tenant referencing service, which will make these and additional checks for the landlord. There are many companies who do this, many of whom can be found via a search on the internet. Alternatively your insurer or Landlords Association may be able to recommend someone.

Ask new tenants for contact details of a close family member or friend whom the landlord can contact in an emergency. This information is also useful if the tenant leaves without notice.

The landlord should note that tenants should not be chosen on the basis of race, religion, marital status, disability, sexuality or age. If the landlord discriminates against any tenant on these grounds, the landlord could be prosecuted. If the landlord is letting rooms in the landlordís home, the landlord may specify the sex of prospective tenants. Some local authorities have introduced Selective Licensing Schemes which require landlords to take up references.

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