The Importance of Honesty in Rental Applications

Finding the perfect rental property is a frustrating yet exciting experience. Here at Reardons, we strive to make the process as smooth as possible for both tenants and landlords. However, a recent trend of inaccurate information on applications has caused delays and disappointments for everyone involved.

Before scheduling a viewing for a property, we require applicants to complete a pre-viewing form. This form asks about important financial commitments, including County Court Judgments (CCJs), Individual Voluntary Arrangements (IVAs), and bankruptcies. Unfortunately, during the formal reference process with HomeLet, our trusted reference provider, discrepancies have come to light. We’ve discovered instances where applicants haven’t disclosed unsettled CCJs, ultimately leading to the loss of their holding deposit.

This is a situation we take seriously. Retaining deposits after failed references is a necessary measure due to the time and financial resources invested by both our company and the landlord. Reference checks ensure responsible tenancy and protect property owners. Additionally, false information on applications can create delays for honest applicants who are genuinely interested in a rental property.

We understand that financial situations can be complex. However, honesty throughout the application process is crucial. If you have any concerns about disclosing past financial difficulties, we recommend speaking to us beforehand to discuss your situation. Transparency is key to building trust and ensuring a successful application.

To further streamline the process, we are constantly evaluating and improving our pre-application forms. We’re also exploring initiatives to educate potential tenants about the importance of accurate information. Our goal is to create a fair and transparent application process for everyone involved.

By working together and prioritising honesty, we can ensure a smoother and more positive experience for both tenants and landlord.