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Tenancy qualifications for renting

Can a landlord specify that they don't want anybody who is on housing benefit, when they do not know that you may be of retirement age and have always paid rent on time and are more likely to take care of the property?

Asked on Apr 26 2013, Renting in Maidstone | Report content

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  • Hi Lucia2010, In the private rented sector, landlords can make any sort of specifications over which tenants they will or won't welcome in that they wish. At the moment, many do in fact specify that people on housing benefits are not eligible to rent their house. Some of the main reasons for this include the fact that it can be more hassle to make sure they get their rent each month in certain instances. However, what you can do is speak to them and explain your situation. If you have rented in the past with an impeccable record then you should be able to get references that will prove this, and by providing these, you will be able to give the landlord some peace of mind. Many thanks, Scott

    Answered on May 3 2013, Report content

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