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Landlord fined after accepting false references from his Tenants

A Landlord was fined £3,462 by Leeds Magistrates Court recently after accepting false references from his Tenants.

The Landlord in question was asked by Leeds City Council to provide a reference for a tenant moving into an area covered by a selective licensing scheme. When the references were checked the council became suspicious when one of the referees advised the council that they did not supply any reference for the tenant in question.

As it was found that the Landlord was in breach of his selective licence conditions by accepting false references from a tenant, Leeds City Council decided to take him to court.

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Leaseguard would advise that if you are a Landlord with a rental property within a selective licensing scheme area then you comply fully with the terms and stipulations of that scheme (such as ensuring electrical checks are carried out).

It is in your interest that you reference your tenant using a reputable Tenant Referencing company, such as Leaseguard, to ensure the information your Tenant provides is as accurate as possible. With a maximum fine of £5000 should you be found to be in breach of your licence we think it's better to be safe than sorry!

Why should you choose Leaseguard?:

  • We use the most comprehensive and up-to-date information to assess your tenant
  • Our Credit Checks include any defaults in payments and county court judgements or court decrees and will provide details of Public Records for your information
  • Current and linked addresses will be checked together with voters roll information
  • We contact your tenant's employer to ensure they will be employed and can afford the rental figure for the length of the agreed rental period.
  • Previous Landlord/Managing Agent checks carried out (where applicable)
  • Tenants Bank Account Details verified
  • We can provide reference checks on Foreign Nationals and Ex-Patriots
  • A report with summary and conclusions will be carried out and returned to you within 48 hours
  • A Credit Check only service is available

Call our expert Referencing Team today on 0345 345 1705 or email them at for more information!

Posted By Admin on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 | Type: Blog

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