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Homeless families will be asked to move to seaside towns in Yorkshire because of the chronic shortage of housing in Croydon.
The council is so short of temporary accommodation that it will pay for destitute families to relocate more than 225 miles and live in areas such as Hull – once dubbed Britain’s worst town – where homes are more readily available and rent is cheaper…
Last year at LandlordReferencing we were extremely worried about the migration of tenants; Benefit Laws Could Bring Unprecedented Problems To Landlords.
After being told about this article by one of our Lifestyle Referencing Community, our worries have now been founded; as local authorities are now offering incentives for people to move to other councils.
As a private landlord or letting agent how do you know that the next person that walks into your office or calls you isn’t someone who’s just been been moved from another council, who has run up thousands of pounds in rent default and/or property damage?
Quite simply YOU DON’T.
One of the biggest problems we have as landlords is that when these new people arrive in our areas we will not be able to check them out properly because they will have limited credit ratings, etc. The usual searches will be almost useless as most will not have had much credit anyway, so the only way is to take their last landlord reference, that is if they provide you with it or you can always use the equally safe way and “chance it”…
We’re free, we’re secure and WE CARE.
If you’re a landlord in Hull we’d love to hear your views on this, and how it has affected you.
As a landlady out on the South west coast we are receiving a few request from people who are leaving expensive areas such as central Bristol and Bath and heading out to the coast for winter where there are more properties to rent and at less cost.
Our problem in the past has been that it is difficult to get up to date references when a tenant wilfully tries to miss out there last landlord as how do you know whether the last landlord they tell you of, is not AKA Mum or best mate.
We have had 4 matches last month with previous landlords and one was a very bad scally wag with over £4,000 property damage with a landlord in Reading, his face was a prize picture when I told him that he seemed to have had missed out Mr Drayton his last landlord who he had apparently repaid his hospitality by smashing up his flat with a shovel.
Didnt take him but at least I had the choice thanks to landlord Drayton registering him.
Gradually the word will get around with these low-lifes that there is something out there which could make their life really inconvenient; irrespective of the fact that they could receive LHA.
Not really much use if every LL uses LRS and finds out the history of thr wrongun tenant..
This as no LL is going to offer an AST to the idiot.
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