I am a newbie landlord. I have read instances on the forum where openrent’s referencing system have accepted fake references etc. I was wondering what referencing platform people use and recommend? I know experian, RLA have their own referencing platforms to name a few.
For the referencing process, I have asked for bank statements, salary slips and will be contacting employers myself as well. I will perform right to rent checks. The references from landlords is harder because not all tenants are able to provide these for legitimate reasons (home owner, living with friends or family previously etc). For example, one interested person has lived with friends (as a paying guest) or family for the last four years. She can provide a tenancy reference from a landlord four years ago but no one recent. Otherwise she is a good candidate (professional, decent salary, well presented). What would experienced landlords do in this situation - reject them outright or accept the risk of not having a landlord reference (which would exclude a significant number of interested parties)