#LandlordStory | Yet Another Wake Up Call
Do you remember me telling you in past posts to REFERENCE CHECK YOUR TENANTS by whatever means possible? I don’t waste the money on credit checks as most of my charges would fail miserably, so usually turn to past landlords, work or family members (if they’ve never rented or worked). I’ve even checked them out with their probation officer, housing support worker and the agent at the Job Centre – then considered their interview, checked their answers matched the ones on the phone (liars always forget their first answer) and consulted my gut.
If you’ve read my book, you’ll see there’s a Tenant Information Form in there purposefully laid out on one side so the tenant can’t “forget” to complete the information on the reverse. If they want the room, this is the first piece of paper they MUST complete before the referencing can commence.
99% of the time I practice what I preach. However, as you read in my last post, I had one more room to sell after two weeks of 14 tenants moving or leaving and I was riding high on the success rate. One more room sold meant I could ignore unknown numbers, avoid telephone interviewing whilst watching the kids at swim club, and not have to slow the car down long enough to throw them into the house before going off to conduct a viewing.
The Wake Up Call
Paul was quite posh, involved in setting up his father-in-law’s call centre, he needed a room temporarily. His girlfriend seemed nice, he didn’t pounce desperately on the room and appeared to consider its pros and cons, came up with the deposit and rent, shook my hand and acquainted himself with the other lads. After all, no one with anything to hide would live in a house with CCTV, right?
The first warning was two days later when Anthony called to say Paul had woken everyone up at 4am, crashed around the kitchen then went upstairs to throw up all over the bathroom floor before going to bed. An odd way to ingratiate himself into the household, but hoped it was a one off. A day later …