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The expertise of Property Litigation specialist Danielle Clements was sought by The Independent newspaper over the weekend in conjunction with the on-going escalation in the number of evictions, which is the most common cause of homelessness. The article looked at how tenants and landlords could avoid reaching a full-blown dispute. 

In a balanced piece, Danielle commented on how it is equally as important for landlords to check out and research potential tenants carefully as it is for the tenants to do vice-versa.

She said, “Choose a good letting agent – preferably one that’s registered with the Association of Residential Letting Agents – who will be able to help you by checking a prospective tenant’s position.

“Make sure you do a credit rating check to check they are financially solvent and check a propsective tenant’s employment status, ensuring they have at least three months’ worth of payslips.

Danielle continued, “Don’t always accept the first tenant that comes along – meet the tenant personally and don’t just rely on the agents recommendations. Sometimes someone may seem perfect on paper but when you meet them it doesn’t feel right. Sometimes you have to go with your gut instinct.”