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I am sorry to read of the above. Are you able to kindly clarify your comment that they would have to vacate the property please? Have they orally been let into occupation in the property before references were completed?
there is no obligation for you to provide a reference at all and the requests being made of you appear to go further than is appropriate. clearly it is matter for you as regards ***** ***** disclose such information but very few employers I suspect would be willing to do so.
If the landlord decides they wish to remove your employee, then it is open to your employee to refuse to leave and the landlord will have to go through a lengthy possession process in the courts in order to obtain possession.
if the tenant fails a reference though I cannot see the above would be a basis for a reference failure in and of itself on standard industry practice, the usual approach would be for a request to be made for a guarantor not to evict the tenant.
given it is not illegal for them to ask, strictly speaking I suppose we can say they have the right to ask but that does not mean to say that they have the right to the information which is a very different thing. In my view, the request is excessive and inappropriate. for example, strictly speaking it would be appropriate for a tenant to demand financial information from the landlord such as details of their mortgage, and the landlord's financial stability in order that the tenant can satisfy themselves they are not going to be facing a mortgage repossession from a landlord that cannot keep up repayments on their mortgage. This happens.
There is some element of risk in regards ***** ***** to a tenant but this risk is dealt with by putting in place an appropriate rent protection insurance policy and carrying out industry-standard referencing checks in accordance with the requirements of that policy which do not include seeking intrusive information from employers which I will be surprised if they were ever successful in obtaining and certainly not on anything like a frequent basis.
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