The Checks a Landlord or Letting Agent Makes

The Checks a Landlord or Letting Agent Makes

If you are in the market for renting a place, you should know that before renting a property, you have to provide some essential documents to show that you will turn out to be a good tenant. It is also a requirement to show that you and any other adult who will be living with you has the ‘right to rent’ in the country. You can rent a property more quickly if you have all your documents ready. Get the contact details of the letting agent or the landlord before handing them your documents. Some of the checks that are performed include:

Proving you have the right to rent

As mentioned above, the letting agent or landlord will check your passport and immigration documents when you renew or start your tenancy. They will also ask you to provide documents for any other adults who will live with you. This is part of the government rent checks and they have to ascertain if you have the right to live in the UK or not.

Reference checks

You will also need to give references to show you will be a good tenant and can afford to rent. The reference is usually from a previous or current landlord and your employer to show that you have a source of income. It is possible that you may be asked to provide a guarantor who will pay the rent in case you don’t.

Credit checks

A credit check will be performed by your letting agent or landlord to see if you have had any trouble paying bills in the past. You have to give your permission so they can perform these checks. If you have had a bad credit history, you can explain it honestly and the landlord may decide to give you a chance.


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