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Old Sep 8th 2007, 7:14 am
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I wont be looking for a rental until after christmas but i have been wondering about the reference problem a lot of us have returning to UK. Does anyone know if there is a legal issue with agents accepting international references or is it just that they dont WANT to accept them? We have an impeccable record in Australia
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Old Sep 8th 2007, 9:10 pm
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Originally Posted by Fleaflyfloflum
I wont be looking for a rental until after christmas but i have been wondering about the reference problem a lot of us have returning to UK. Does anyone know if there is a legal issue with agents accepting international references or is it just that they dont WANT to accept them? We have an impeccable record in Australia
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We had no problem renting a house. They just wanted reference from my new employer, i.e my salary and if it was a full time job.
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Old Sep 8th 2007, 10:23 pm
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I had to provide 2 references as my hubby is self employed and does not have a job to go back to. They were from our old accountant in Scotland, and from a friend who is a lawyer.

I also had to pay 3 months rent in advance in lieu of a Uk credit check
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Old Sep 9th 2007, 1:02 am
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I have to provide two - one from employer (understandable) and one from someone in the UK. Why? They will not be a guarantor for the rent, and I have also been asked for someone to do that. I think this is to do with the fact that we are a large family and have a dog. An agency in the SW even asked me if I could provide proof that "you haven't been on DSS benefits". WTF?

Now with the latest hiccup, I am getting really worried about getting a house for us before we all get there.
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Originally Posted by hudd
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We had no problem renting a house. They just wanted reference from my new employer, i.e my salary and if it was a full time job.
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Same here, no references, just confirmation of salary.
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Old Sep 9th 2007, 10:27 am
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Thanks for your comments hopefully it wont be so hard then.
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Originally Posted by dingbat
if I could provide proof that "you haven't been on DSS benefits".
And how do you do that exactly - silly buggers !

"And here is my astronomical previous mortgage statement" ...

Good luck dingbat
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Default Re: UK Rental Property Question

Originally Posted by mika24me
I had to provide 2 references as my hubby is self employed and does not have a job to go back to. They were from our old accountant in Scotland, and from a friend who is a lawyer.

I also had to pay 3 months rent in advance in lieu of a Uk credit check
With the first place that we were at we weren't asked for any references but we did have to cough up six months' worth of rent due to neither of us having a job.

With the place we're in now neither references or deposit were required.
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