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NLA welcome Government plans to improve tenant referencing

Posted by on May 9, 2013

Responding to the announcements in today’s Queen Speech, the NLA issued the following statement welcoming the Government’s plans to ensure that all landlords check the legal status of tenants.

Richard Lambert, CEO of the NLA, said:

“Every landlord should thoroughly reference a tenant prior to offering a tenancy; this is standard best practice which safeguards the landlord’s business. Tenant checks should include not only an identity check, as suggested, but also whether the tenant has any County Court Judgments, possible aliases and include references from their employer and a previous landlord. Such checks should highlight any immigration irregularities.

“However, local authorities must undertake robust, intelligence-led, targeted enforcement, otherwise illegal immigrants who are refused housing by reputable landlords will face homelessness or be pushed straight back into arms of the criminals who deliberately exploit vulnerable people”.

The full response can be found here.

source: arla.co.uk

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