We outsource our referencing to an independent agency who will contact your landlord (if you are currently in rental accommodation). Your previous address/landlord may also be contacted if you have recently moved home. Your current employer will be contacted (previous employer will also be contacted if you have recently changed jobs). If you are self employed we will need to contact your accountant. A credit check will also be conducted.
To assist us in collating the necessary references, it would be advantageous for you to warn the above individuals in advance that references are required to ensure a swift return, barring any delays.
Occasionally a guartantor may be required. If for example the tenant has not been continuously employed; has been working abroad in the previous 6 months; the tenants’ income falls short of our criteria or the tenants’ employment is considered as changeable.
Please note that the same criteria applies to the guarantor. A guarantor must be in full time employment or be able to prove that they have “independent means” and also be a resident of England or Wales.
The guarantor must be aware that they will stand as guarantor for you, (and your partner if you are moving in to the property with someone else), for the entire occupancy of the property, not just for the period of the initial tenancy term. It is possible for more than one Guarantor to act for individual tenants.