As a landlord, it is essential to make sure that you are making the right decision when selecting a tenant. To do this, you may need to ask for additional documents from potential tenants in order to validate the information they have provided. This is especially important if there is a chance that the tenant has given false references. Your application should inquire about the tenant's job position and salary, and it is important to follow up on this information and verify that it is accurate. In England, if you rent your property to someone who does not have the right to rent it, you can be fined up to £3,000 for each tenant or face imprisonment.
If the tenant does not have the correct documents or a valid participation code, they must use the landlord's check service to request a check from the Ministry of the Interior about their right to rent. If the tenant can prove that they are entitled to rent using an accepted original document, you cannot insist that they use the online service. If the tenant is not a British or Irish citizen, they can usually demonstrate their right to rent with their original immigration documents. It can be beneficial to ask tenants why they are moving from their last place in order to get an idea of how they treat the property and if they can pay the rent. After all, evicting the wrong tenant can cost thousands of dollars, so it is important to know what financial documents you should request from them in order to support your request. Questions about the monthly rent, the dates the tenant was a resident, and the property address are useful in order to confirm that you are talking to the right landlord and learning the truth.
You can check physical documents of a British or Irish citizen yourself or use an online identity service provider (IDSP) to check them. Use this information to connect with previous landlords in order to talk about their experience with the tenant and learn more about whether they would be a good fit for your property.