Tenant References

Character Reference

Prior to granting a tenancy you should collect as much information as possible about the prospective tenant, so you can vet the tenant and minimise the risk of getting "the Tenant from Hell".

The Character Reference offers the following benefits:

  • Gathering Essential Information - This form permits you to take references and assess the suitability of the prospective tenant.
  • Confirming Identity - Referencing a tenant will help you establish the fact that he/she is who they say they are.

If a potential tenant does not want to provide you with any referees, then think twice about letting them become your tenant.

Bank Reference

The RLA Bank Reference is a letter to send to your prospective tenant's bank manager, for a financial reference.

The RLA Bank Reference offers the following benefits:

  • Reliable Reference - The RLA Bank Reference requests the bank to comment on the status of the prospective tenant e.g. is their account in good standing order and their affordability to pay the rent.

Please note some banks may take a long time to return the Bank Reference, in which case you might find the RLA Tenant Credit Checking Service useful. The RLA Tenant Credit Checking Service is an invaluable service and assists those wishing to avoid high risk tenants who may have a history of debt or financial problems.

Employer's Reference

Prior to granting a tenancy you should collect as much information as possible about the prospective tenant, so you can vet the tenant and minimise the risk of getting "the Tenant from Hell".

The Employer's Reference offers the following benefits:

  • Gathering Essential Information - This form permits you to obtain an employer's reference and assess the suitability of the prospective tenant.
  • Confirming Identity - Referencing a tenant will help you establish the fact that he/she is who they say they are.

If a potential tenant does not want to provide you with an employer's reference, ask for the reasons why and consider them very carefully.

Previous Landlord Reference

Prior to granting a tenancy you should collect as much information as possible about the prospective tenant, so you can vet the tenant and minimise the risk of getting "the Tenant from Hell".

The Previous Landlord Reference offers the following benefits:

  • Gathering Essential Information - This form permits you to take references and assess the suitability of the prospective tenant.
  • Confirming Identity - Referencing a tenant will help you establish the fact that he/she is who they say they are.

Please note if the tenant can not provide details of their previous landlord, look carefully as to the reasons given. Always be sceptical, but never too nosey as that may well put the tenant off. The tenant may have good reason.

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