"Posing as a landlord is the easiest thing in the world to do and it goes on a lot. I know... I’m the one who had to break the bad news to the person who has just lost £2500 that they borrowed from a family member to get a roof over their heads."
Ben Reeve-Lewis - Landlord enforcement officer
"I double-checked things, asking about the deposit protection scheme. It all looked official and I signed and sent a deposit of £1,000 and the rent of £780 for one of the rooms. I’ve not seen the money since."
"New tenants have appreciated knowing I'm the genuine landlord before transferring a deposit and first month's rent."
Ken - Landlord
"Rental scams by non-landlords have been a problem in the sector for a long time, impacting not just tenants but landlords as well. We support RentProfile’s work which has the potential to change the industry for the better."
Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the Residential Landlords Association
"This site brings together huge amounts of data in one place and will help renters to build up a better picture of who owns our homes."
Betsy Dillner, Director of Generation Rent
"The scam artist sent me a tenancy agreement and bank details so it seemed 'legit'. When I finally realised it was a scam, I was really upset. The bank had been closed and my savings were gone."
We check the person is who they claim to be.
We check that the landlord owns the property.
We check to see if the landlord requires a license from the local authority, and if so whether they have obtained one.
We check the bank details provided match those of the landlord, protecting you when you transfer money.
We check if the landlord is accredited or not. Accreditation is a voluntary course taken by landlords to promote best practice and ensure they understand their legal responsibilities.
We check available information to see if the landlord has previously been prosecuted for housing related offences such as poor living conditions, or lack of fire safety provisions.
We check negative County Court Judgement rulings against the landlord and associated companies.
We check to see if the landlord and any associated companies has a history of bankruptcy.
If we have received repeated bad reports of a landlord, with evidence provided, then we will warn you about dealing with them.
Self-background check, share with your new landlord to build trust and get ahead
Have you been the victim of a scammer or rogue landlord?
Share information to enhance our own checking processes and warn others
Create a landlord profile and allow prospective tenants to verify details such as property ownership for free.
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Protect yourself against scammers and unauthorised sublets.
If there is suspicious activity such as somebody impersonating you as the landlord or reports of overcrowding then we will alert you.
Your own reference to share.
Use the unique reference or add a link to your profile from any ads you post.