• Check on Credit Search for voter’s
role registration, this will also help to ensure
they have lived at the property and search any “alias
properties” that come up on the search.
• Take car registration numbers and National
Insurance numbers from them (can come in very useful
later if you need to go to court)
Always ask for a next of kin: these are great for
absconding tenants, but always make sure that the
next of kin is not someone that will be living in
the house with them.
Take the landlord before the last landlord reference:
the current one might just want to get rid of them
and give them a good reference so take the one before
that as well.
Take full details of employers, do not accept mobile
numbers, you want a landline number, website, HR
department etc. as much information as you can and
confirm the company actually exist, can you find
them on Google?
Social Media and Online: this is an awesome tool
for finding anything out, so don’t dismiss
it, once when doing a quick search on an applicant
here, we found that our budding applicant had just
been prosecuted for stealing 80k from her employer
and she wanted to pay us 12 month’s rent in
advance! That would have put us in jeopardy with
the money laundering regulations, so a nifty escape
you do fall victim, you can evict a tenant under
Ground 17 of the Housing Act, for inducing you to
create a tenancy by giving a false statement, and
if you suffer a serious case www.Actionfraud.co.uk.
Action Fraud is the UK’s national fraud reporting
centre run by the National Fraud Authority who report
fraud to the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau