We cannot stress enough the importance of through referencing. A tenant in St Just, Cornwall has recently been jailed for 2 years for fraud as, on 3 separate occasions, she took up tenancies having supplied false references and payslips. Once moved in, she failed to pay the rent and then refused to leave.
This highlights the importance of thorough referencing. A good reference includes a credit type check and an employment reference direct with the employer checking that the contract is for longer than the initial tenancy and that the salary paid is as reported. The final element is the landlord reference, which again must come direct from the current landlord or agent if the property is fully managed.
If you need any advice regarding referencing, please feel free to pop into our office for a chat.