Originally Posted by Troy McClure
Many thanks for all your answers and especially those who read our questions. Without getting answers off topic we are particularly interested in the below questions.
Whats the best way to try get a solid tenant? What should you ask for? and what checks to make. Where do we get a good lease document from? How much deposit should we ask for?
Solid tenant...you could have a good tenant and become bad at a later stage.
Get a pay as you go SIM card so chat to the potential tenant. If you want to find the tenant yourself then advertise on daft and email only contact. Create a new email as you will be inundated with people pleading their cases and dont get caught up with this type of tenant as they will cost you money and time.
Ask for 2months deposit and one month rent. deposit is there in case they run off not paying your rent or damaging the house. Say no pets as when they leave you may have to get someone in to scrub the house as your new tenants could have allergies.
Facebook is your friend to help you weed out the party goers etc.search their profiles and check their friends. You want a tenant that will not cause you problems with anti social behaviour. So surprising when you get a request from a quiet family and you see drugs parties each weekend pets.
Ask for copies or references bank statements I d such as passport. You will need pp s n as well. Don't take the lastest reference as it could be a landlord trying to ge them out. Check the 2 and 3 rd. make sure you ring the references meet the tenants. They have to fit in with neighbours.
Check their bank account and see if they can afford the house. Check where they spend ther money and you will be able to see what rent they have been paying.
Try to keep your distance and once they are late with rent send text and notice in the post. They will keep on top of it.
Have a list of tradesmen to hand in case you get a call with problem. Learn how to fix things yourself.
Type up an inventory and take pictures with the daily paper the day before they move in. Print off on a4 with address and time on each page. Make sure they sign each page of the inventory.
Make sure you know how to fix things.
I had one tenant say the washing machine was broke. Went over to find she did not clean the filter and they tried to break the washing cycle. Reset it by switching it off unplug replug press on. Make an instruction booklet for how to use heating etc.
Check rtb for the legal way to notify late payment.
Do not give a lease. Reason is I found out from citizens information if they have a lease in place and you need to sell they become part of the house until their lease is up. Your house will devalue as only cash buyers will be able to buy your house with a tenant in it.
The first 6 months you can give notice without any reason. After 6months they can stay in the property for 6years so make sure you are happy with them.
Read rtb notes and read cases and outcomes to help you understand the ins and outs if things go wrong.