This week, we are going to work with renters/tenants on identity matter so that they can know or be able to check who is their real landlord/lady or the person they are contracting with.
Often, renters and prospective tenants have to prove who they are before taking possession of a property. They need to provide some forms of identification (such as passport, biometric identity card, etc.) to their prospective landlords/ladies or their agents. The Section 22 of the Immigration Act 2014 even gives landlords/ladies authority to check incoming tenants’ identity.
Yet, tenants or renters do not have the same advantage to check landlords’/ladies identity. Although the tenant has right to information about a landlord’s/lady’s identity, they cannot check landlords’/ladies’ identity documents. The tenant can make a written request for the landlord’s/lady’s name and address from the landlord’s/lady’s agent or a person who demands, or last received, the rent. But, still the tenant will not have identity documents to verify the statement that a landlord/lady can make about their identity.
Likewise, if there is a change of landlord/lady, the new landlord/lady must provide the tenant with their name and address in writing. Again, the tenant has not got the means to check this statement against items of identity (such as a passport, biometric card, biometric residence permit, etc.) confirming landlords’/ladies’ identity.
It is important for renters/tenants to know who is their real landlord/lady or their representative. Knowing the real identity of your landlord/lady or their representative has its basis and merit since there are many activities going on when renting a property; activities such as paying rent, asking for repairs, dealing with tradesmen, etc. The following can perhaps summarise the importance of identifying your landlord/lady or their agents:
. In the course of a tenancy and or at the end of it, tenants can sometimes discover that they have been dealing with the wrong person or they have been paying rent to the wrong person
. When the time comes to collect the deposit, tenants should know who to ask for their deposit or which scheme holds their deposit
. Where there is a chain of landlords/ladies like in a leasehold situation, it makes sense to know who is your real landlord/lady to avoid any disputes regarding the management and maintenance of the property
. Identifying landlords/ladies will help protect renters’ interests, save their money and give them peace of mind and security
The above reasons can explain why renters/tenants need to identity their landlord’lady or their representative. There could be more reasons which our work with renters/tenants will try to unveil.
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