About Paul Routledge – Landlord Referencing Founder

About Paul Routledge – Landlord Referencing Founder

Landlord Referencing Services is one of those ideas that took hold and has been expanding rapidly ever since its conception in the spring of 2010.

But the idea did not originate in particularly pleasant circumstances; it was the only possible solution to a real, and in some ways desperate, need. Great ideas come at strange times- Newton’s came to him beneath an apple tree, Paul Routledge’s came to him beneath a knife wielding tenant.

If you’ve not heard our origin story before then get yourself comfortably seated, perhaps with a hot beverage, and prepare for drama.

A tenant of Paul Routledge’s had rung about an hour before. She was frightened; there was shouting and crashing coming from the flat below hers. The police were too busy to come out and investigate and Paul, being the owner of the flats, was the only other person she thought to call.

Upon arriving Paul found that the front door of the property in question was open. This seemed unusual and Paul immediately felt concerned. Understandably so, considering that just a few months earlier he had discovered the bludgeoned body of another tenant in one of his properties.

Paul gently pushed the door ajar, nervously shouting “It’s the landlord, is everything alright?”

At that moment two men came running out of the flat, pushing Paul out of the way as they went. In the panic Paul didn’t notice the third man – his tenant – until he was on top of him.

Brandishing a knife.

The tenant slashed at Paul’s face and head before jumping to his feet and making a run for it. Paul managed to drag himself to the car where his son, Dean, was waiting for him. Dean then drove Paul to the hospital for treatment. Miraculously, despite one of the wounds being close to Paul’s eye, there was no lasting injury.

Paul was then arrested.

The tenant had gone to the police whilst Paul was being treated for multiple stab wounds to the head and had accused him of aggravated burglary. Thankfully, after a few hours of questioning, Paul was released without charge. But, when Paul wanted the tenant arrested for the attack, he was told that the Crown Prosecution Service would never follow it up as the tenant complained first. It would be seen as a tit for tat accusation.


Images of stab wounds, caution detailed images




At this point Paul decided that enough was enough. He felt a landlord’s job was extremely risky and that the law as it stood did not do enough to protect them. Landlord Referencing Services was created to help landlords protect each other.

Landlord Referencing.co.uk today powers the Tenant History referencing process for Tenant Referencing Uk.com and as the website grows and now with over 31,000 monthly unique users and 4.5 million page views every landlord and letting agent in the country can now add data to a Tenants History keeping us all safer in the future.

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TenantReferencingUK.com is a trading name for an accrual of referencing products created for the purpose of tenant referencing by landlordreferencing.co.uk Ltd

Tenant History Reports & Lifestyle Referencing were created by Paul Routledge for landlordreferencing.co.uk and originated from landlordsdata.com in 1999.

Creator of Tenant History Reports at Tenanthistories.co.uk

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