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From home owner to renter, no landlord reference

I will be selling my property following split from my partner and will be looking to rent a house for myself and my daughter to live in. As I've had my own property I'm unable to provide references from previous landlords. Im really worried this is going to be a massive issue, surely it's a fairly common scenario? Will I still be able to rent with no landlord reference? It seems most properties in my area are rented out through agencies. From what I can gather agencies seem to be really strict on referencing? I have excellent credit history, I'm employed in the public sector, with the same employer for almost 10 years and I work full time. I have used the 30 x rent formula to make sure the rent is affordable to me. I don't have anyone who could act as guarantor. Any advice is greatly appreciated

Asked on Aug 20 2017, Renting in North West England | Report content

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  • Hi Louise, This is indeed a very common scenario, not only for people who are moving from being a homeowner to a tenant, but also for first time renters who are moving away from family. Quite simply I'd be shocked if this caused you an issue. Most agencies outsource their referencing, and having dealt with a number of the UK's largest referencing providers this has never been an issue that I've been aware of. Do remember through, that Landlords can sometimes instruct their Agent to obtain certain references and apply certain criteria to their search for tenants. Given what you've told me above, I certainly don't think you'll have any issues finding rented accommodation, so don't worry!

    Answered on Aug 21 2017, Report content

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