Referencing and credit checks – Advice for landlords

Proper referencing and credit checking your prospective tenants is one of the most important factors in finding the right tenants and keeping your business running smoothly. Our new landlord video looks at how this can be done.

Referencing and credit checks – Advice for landlords

 

Video link: A landlord’s guide to referencing a tenant

Video transcript

Hi, my name is Lorna, and I’m and advisor for Towergate.

In this video I’m going to talk about the importance of referencing your tenants

Renting your property through a letting agent will usually mean that the referencing of perspective tenants will be handled by them, but some landlords prefer to do this themselves. It is after all one of the most important functions of renting out a property because trusting your tenants to look after your property and provide your income by paying rent is vital to a secure investment and smooth running business.

The main function of a tenant reference is to check they have the income and credit they claim to, this means you can be confident they have enough money to easily meet their monthly rent payments.

Credit and employment checks on tenants. 

These can be done manually or via a credit checking service available online. Towergate’s tenant referencing service offered through MARAS for example, can be included in a package of services including rent guarantee and landlord insurance.

Remember, your landlord insurance can cover you for loss of rent and/or cost of legal fees should something go wrong but taking reasonable measures to ensure good quality long-term tenants is a wise decision and can avoid hassle down the line.

 

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