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  • How to Vet Tenants

    Hi All,

    Being a landlord is not for the faint-hearted nor is it advisable for the ill-prepared, so this discussion is for any Landlord and property investor or property manager needing information on how to choose tenants today. What can you do and not do?

    For example, can you do a police check of a prospective tenant?


    If you've had a bad experience with a tenant can you publicise it to warn off other Landlords?

    No - as it is a breach of the Privacy Act. See this Stuff article on landlords reporting antisocial tenants on websites and social media.


    Put your knowledge on vetting tenants in this discussion as a resource for everyone navigating the perils of being a property investor today.


    cheers,

    Donna
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  • #2
    Another addition to a TA, perhaps? I.e. . .

    By signing this Tenancy Agreement [TA], the persons named in this TA consent to their details being added to a tenant history information database in the event that any of the persons named in the TA breach their obligations under the this TA or The Residential Tenancies Act.
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    • #3
      Thanks, Perry and I thought I'd just link to your 'validity' post.

      While it may seem obvious to many, some landlords may take the 'validity' of tenant references on face value. However there are cheats everywhere and tenants struggling with a dodgey renting history will do whatever they can to secure a rental - let it not be yours!

      Originally posted by Perry View Post
      References are one thing.
      Checking their validity is another.
      and Perry's reply.....

      A bogus reference is not valid, be that by phone, or in writing.

      There have been reported cases of tenant references and referees being provided to the prospective LL by carefully chosen 'friends' of the tenant. I.e. Such references are fraudulent/invalid.
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      • #4
        A tenant / tenancy-type database.

        Another opportunity for the NZPIF, if it had the wit to see and appreciate it.
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        • #5
          "Hi Peter, I have a credit application from Jane Doe (fictitious name OK?). Jane has given me your number as a character reference. Can you tell me how you know her?"

          Seems to catch out the friend who is posing as a landlord.
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          • #6
            Please keep on topic in this discussion - crashy and perry your recent posts can be found in the appropriate discussion in CE.

            Thanks

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