Tenants have not paid and are not who they claim to be...
I have a problem with tenants that have been in for 2 months and have not paid.
I have not taken any references and accepted a cash deposit. The tenant did show me a passport but I did not take a copy. He gave me a business card which has his employer details.
As the rent is 2 months in arrears, I thought i should call the employer to get a reference, it turns out he was never employed by the government as stated on his card - it was fake.
I am concerned that I will have lost out on my rent as it seems the tenants are not who they claim to be, and I have no records or history to validate his information. My concern is that they will leave without paying and I will be unable to trace them
I know I can serve section 8, but this is no good if they leave and I cannot track them to re-coup my losses.
Please advise what I can do?
- Can I access the property and perhaps cease some of their possessions until and hold these until i get payment?
- Can I inspect the property in their absence?
- I can really do with some help ?
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