21 Jul

Landlords urged to check backgrounds of tenants

Landlords urged to check backgrounds of tenants

The National Landlords Association (NLA) has urged its members to carry out thorough checks on prospective tenants, or risk rental arrears.

It notes that failure to pay rent can take up to six months to resolve, during which time landlords can lose around £6,000.

The organisation now offers a Tenant Check scheme, which allows landlords to confirm that a prospective tenant is in employment, is likely to be able to keep up rent payments and is who they say they are.

Information about past financial history such an bankruptcy can be provided quickly, while more detailed checks such as confirmation of employment takes three days.

Chairman of the NLA David Salusbury commented: "NLA Tenant Check is a simple and affordable tool which allows landlords to reduce the risk of possible future problems with rent arrears and gives them the opportunity to paint a clearer picture of their prospective tenants."

Yesterday, the NLA warned landlords that they could face hefty fines if they fail to provide tenants with energy performance certificates for their rental property.

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