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How are tenants verified by real estate agencies? Is there a database

Hello, I've heard this story: an international student rented a 2bed apt (in London - Marylebone) last summer. He had no previous reference of renting in the UK, so he paid a 6-month rent in advance. He put the 2nd room on Airbnb. He was doing it for 2 months. The landlord found out and this person had to move out 2 months before the official move out date. The agency kept his deposit, sent him the utility bill and also a bill for some damaged parts of the apartment. He stopped communicating with the agency - didn't pay the bills (utilities, damaged things, check out inventory clerk/cleaning). Who is supposed to pay the bills now? The agency? Further - as this person is expected to look for another apt this summer, how difficult it will be for him? Is there like a database of tenants? Do agencies verify tenants (he scanned his passport for the tenancy agreement)? I was fascinated by the irresponsibility of that person, so that's why all the questions above. Thank you

Asked on May 14 2017, Renting in London | Report content

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  • Hello Aaron, if the landlord is willing to take him to court, he should be able to get his money and legal costs back. Despite having to pay all the damages, utility and other costs now, it seems to me that he (the landlord) will have a strong case as the guy has clearly breached the terms of the tenancy agreement. If the guy doesn´t pay up then the courts will place a County Court Judgment (CCJ) against his name and he will definitely struggle to find another place and get credit. Unfortunately, there is not a database of tenants as far as I know.

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    Answered on May 16 2017, Report content

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