CHECKING REFERENCES ON TENANTS - TIPS FROM EASYROOMLETS.COM
Even if you use an agent, you should be very clear about what references they should be getting you and you should also check the references they obtain carefully.
The purpose of referencing a tenant is threefold:
1) to check the person is who they say they are
2) that they can afford the rent and
3) that they have honoured past commitments
TENANCY APPLICATION FORM
The starting point for any tenant reference check is getting the tenant to complete and sign a tenancy application form which should contain a statement giving you permission to carry out credit checks and seek references from employers and previous landlords.
In addition, you should ask for documentation providing proof of:
1) current and previous address
2) entitlement to work in the United Kingdom (Non EC nationals only)
The more information collected on the tenancy application the better, because should the tenant subsequently abscond or leave owing money, this can be used to give vital tracing information. In addition, should the applicant make false statements, this document could provide evidence for eviction.
To check current and previous addresses ask the tenant to show you the last three utility bills, mobile phone bills or bank statements ....... (Want To Read More - Login and Download/View the entire document in Attachments above).
CHECK TENANTS PREVIOUS ADDRESSES