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What is a normal documentation that an estate agency for letting asks from potential tenants i.e. proof of income etc?

We are looking for the flat to rent and we've just found the perfect place for us. The current tenant wants to leave the flat prior to expiry of his contract with the landlord. He told us that the part of his contract says that he needs to find new tenants if he want to leave earlier, and that the agency has to do the credit check on us before signing the contract. Because he has to find the tenants he asked us to sent to him not to the agency : proof of identity (like copy of the passport), proof of address (bank statement or utility bill), payslip and employers details. So we did. Now I’m bit worried that we sent all our data to a complete stranger, and that maybe the whole thing might be a hoax. Please let me know if this is a normal practice, or I should be worried. Many thanx, jovana

Asked on May 24 2010, Renting in London | Report content

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  • If I understand correctly you have sent all your ID info. to the tenant not to the agency. I must admit this seems unusual. I would speak to the agency a.s.a.p. to see if they are aware that the tenant has requested this info. The information in itself is standard practise from a letting agency/landlord.

    Answered on May 26 2010, Report content
  • Oh Boy! This is not a normal practice for a tenant to collect referencing data and pass it on to the landlord or the agent. Its the agents duty to do this. If there was no agent you should have had a meeting with the landlord in person and then judging on the situation submit or not submit the documents. My recommendation talk to the person whom you gave the documents and ask them what they did and if you could have meeting with the agent or the landlords, Also call the non emergency number of the police and inform them or take guidance regarding this matter. Hope this helps. - Mel

    Answered on Aug 25 2010, Report content

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