There are 14 questions every landlord should ask in order to avoid bad tenants.

Getting the wrong tenants can be a costly and time-consuming experience. Simple questions can ensure that you and those renting your property are on the same page. You can contact us any time to discuss this guide and learn about how our range of letting services can help you to let your property.

Here are 14 questions to help you make the right decision

1. Why are you moving?

One of the great opening question you can ask to the tenants. They can tell you a lot about him or her listen closely look for legitimate reasons such as changing jobs or wanting more room. NOTE be careful of red flags being evicted or getting into arguments with their landlord.

2. When are you looking to move?

If a prospective tenant is in a hurry to move you need to ask questions because there could be a genuine reason behind this.

3. How many people are in the group?

The fewer people the less wear and tear there will be on your property. More importantly,legally, insurance conditions may limit the number of people that can rent and live in the property.

4. What is your source of income?

You need to confirm if your prospective tenant has a permanent job if they are able to pay rent every month and also a copy of a bank statement but nothing too worried about full-time
permanent as many companies do not offer this and prefer renewable contracts.

5. Do you have a month’s rent and deposit in advance payment?

If you are doubting the tenants that they cannot pay over by the move-in date, it’s possible that it will happen in the future.
The deposit should be protected in a tenancy deposit protection scheme.

6. How long you will rent the property?

The tenant you are looking for usually begin with a six-months to 12 months. If the tenant would say less of that month, then walk away, don’t waste your time and hard work because a few months is down the line.

7. Are you happy with this property or you have any improvements?

Some tenant will demand anything you need to ask them first before they can start moving.

8. Do you have references?

It is highly recommended to back up any conversations you’ve had with a prospective tenant with references. Obviously, if you require checks and he or she will not consent to them, this will eliminate them from your new tenant pool immediately.

The following are needed:

• Work reference: References from an employer.

• Landlord reference: You will want references from a former landlord.

• Utility bills: Way to confirm a previous address.

• Credit check: A credit check will enable you to see if they’ve had problems paying bills in the past.

• Bank Statement: It can be used as a utility also but preferably as a separate document.

• I.D: A copy of valid passport or driving license.

• National Insurance number.

• You may also want to ask a tenant to prove he or she has the right to stay in the UK and the right to rent.

NOTE: If the prospective tenant hesitates or makes excuses as to why they cannot provide references, they could have something to hide.

9. Do you have a rental guarantor?

This is always helpful to have as an added security blanket if you think someone may struggle. In the unlikely event that anything does go amiss with a rental payment then you have a
back-up to ensure you are not left out of pocket.

10. Do you have any pets? Do you smoke?

If you have a ‘no pet’ or ‘no smoking’ policy, a yes to this question will quite quickly rule out a tenancy. However, if you are open to allowing pets in your property you may want some more information about what type of animal they have.

11. Can you tell me what your lifestyle is like?

You could also ask whether they work night shifts or if they play musical instruments, which could determine their suitability to your property and its area.

12. Do you know what you are responsible for?

It is best to confirm all arrangements with regards to utility bills and maintenance for your property before going forward with a tenant. Confirm which bills they would have to pay, confirm who repairs any appliances at the property if they breakdown and who would be expected to maintain the gardens. If the property is a lease hold it would also be good practice to inform the tenant of any restrictions found in the lease such as relating to satellite dishes and use of communal areas.

13. Have you ever been evicted?

A direct question will give the tenant an opportunity to explain the situation. Anyone can fall on hard times and an eviction may have been a one-off circumstance.

14. Finally, any questions?

This simple question could unearth a reason that this property might not suit this tenant - which they may otherwise not realize until they move in. If a potential set of tenants do not suit your property you need to walk away as having a person living in your property when it doesn’t suit can be very costly, stressful and time consuming.


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