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A WEBSITE has been launched to protect the nation’s landlords, local authorities and letting agents from nightmare tenants.

Lorna Rose, of Cricklade, has joined forces with two property experts to create TenantID to provide information about the history of prospective tenants which could save the lettings industry millions of pounds a year.

Lorna, 42, of Chelworth Road, the director of the new company, said: “A recent survey showed that rent arrears in this country have reached a staggering £276m.

“It also showed almost one out of every eight tenants is either late or behind with their rent.

“This is having a serious effect on those who make their living from renting properties – especially those for whom it is their only source of income.

“Add to this the trail of damage and destruction some tenants leave behind them and the fact some people breach their tenancy agreements in outrageous ways and it is clear any source of information about the track record of tenants is going to be of enormous value to the lettings industry.”

TenantID is a database run for members of a nationwide network of letting agents, landlords and local authorities.

Each member uploads information about their tenants and that information becomes available to the others in the network.

If a tenant has not paid rent, damaged a property, or simply vanished owing money to the landlord, then that information will be stored in the database.

However, the information will only go live if approved by the tenant – so essentially, it will be more a recommendation list than a blacklist of tenants.

“This is a simple tick system which collects factual information,” Lorna said.

“What we are looking for are ideal tenants – people who are trouble free and who pay their rent.

“TenantID is not a blacklist as it includes all a landlord’s tenants but it will show straight away who is a safer bet to hand over a front door key to.”

Lorna, who has let property herself, has joined forces with property specialists Hertford- shire-based Gary and Ruth Henderson to form TenantID.

Lorna said: “We are targeting all landlords, local authorities and letting agencies throughout the UK. The more people who join and provide the data we need, the better the service will be to everyone involved.

“We passionately believe this is a vital weapon in the war against bad tenants – all we need is the support of those we are trying to help and this could dramatically decrease the chances of nightmare tenants keeping landlords awake at night.”

Hmmm. Sounds dodgy.

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Hmmm. Sounds dodgy.

Very.

They leave themselves wide open to massive court cases for holding one-sided lies/slander by previous dodgy landlords and keeping a database on named individuals without their permission or without recourse to see the info kept on them.

Tennants are the new tagged animals with all their 'previous' attached!

Just glancing at the "Student living index"

The students alone blow £4 Billion pounds a year on crappy room/shared low quality house rentals.

"Staggering £270 million" is feck all looking at the big picture and I bet loads of that is witheld because of crap, uncaring landlords/problems with spiv housing agencies etc B)

Edited by erranta

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Reminds me of the frequent calls by ebay business sellers, to collate and share a database of buyers, who say they do not receive their posted items.

These attempts to weed out scammers & thieves appear to fail, often on data protection grounds and related fears.

Edited by Saving For a Space Ship

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trust tenants are setting up their own "nightmare landlord" database?

I'd like to see something one stage further than that: a private tenants' 'breakdown service', a bit like the AA and RAC, whereby tenants pay an annual membership fee in exchange for which not only do they get access to a landlords' (and LAs') database, but seriously heavy legal firepower in the case of individual disputes.

The landlords' database would only accept entries for which written evidence was supplied and checked by the organisation's employees (hence it should be possible to get Data Protection Act registration, in the same way that the credit agencies can), and would augment that with regular net searches and data from press clippings' agencies to collate any information about LLs and LAs already in the public domain for any tenant to see at a one-stop online shop. For example, if a LL had received coverage in some local rag for keeping houses in squalid conditions, any member of the tenants' protection service would be able to see that instantly just by entering the LL's name, along with any data supplied by actual former tenants. You could also add Tripadvisor-style data about facilities, area and rent costs for every property, so that prospective tenants would be able to see quickly and easily which LLs offered the best value for money.

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:lol:

The people behind this are naive beyond comprehension!!! Such a database flouts British law and European regulation.

Game over for them if they think they can get away with this. Time for a good old Singlemalt letter writing campaign.

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The Information Commissioner would be all over this. If tenants had the right to automatically opt out (in other words it was completely voluntary) without any repercussions (including prejudicing any application for rented property) then they might agree. Otherwise any attempt to track tenants without their consent is an offence under the DPA1998 (doing so is the preserve of our security and law enforcement agencies, not some ex-con shiny suited estate agent).

I think this may also be against the law according to the new Identity Documents Act 2010.

Great idea in principle (along with a parallel Landlord I D system of course) but it'll never happen.

There are dodgy tenants and dodgy landlords. Live with it.

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Its a good idea, as a good tenant, I wouldnt need any more "credit and personal" checks for £300 when I move.

Course, as I was sued by one landlord yet won the case, I would have been a bad tenant years ago...even though the claim was unprovable in a Court of law.

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This website tenantId is so full of bull*hit.

Its got things like "Recognised & backed by industry leaders " yet no mention who these are.

Hoogstraten? The Wilsons? Anthea Turner?

Edited by Lepista

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It is very dodgey, and DP enforcement is my bag so to speak..also the site information is poorly presented, almost amaturist ie:

The first of these is that the individual who the personal data is about has consented to the processing. The final condition is that the processing is in accordance with the “legitimate interests” condition.

The first condition is that all new tenants will have consented to the processing of this data by signing a new tenancy agreement containing the Authority for Disclosure Declaration

Apparently they have two "first" conditions... :unsure:

It all falls over here, simply do not consent, anyone who actually does consent needs to seek a psychiatrist frankly. :D

In the case of currently on-going tenancies, these tenants will be advised in writing that their landlords or agents have signed up to the scheme and that it will involve disclosure of their personal data to TenantID and unless the tenant raises any objections within 14 days, the data will be entered onto the system.

Hmm no that isnt how it works at all. The act of handling someones personal data itself is a minefield, you can't just put someones personal details on a database and sell it on to third parties because you think you are entitled to do so.

The second condition is the “legitimate interests” condition, We have established that we have a legitimate interest in processing the data as it prevents landlords from entering into agreements under which they may incur rent arrears or other losses and that an individual who takes on a tenancy and doesn’t pay the rent, to the detriment of the landlord then the next prospective landlord should be given the opportunity to know about it.

"WE" have establised, what rubbish, "I" have established I am entitled to several million pounds, am I then legally entitled to that? I dont think so, lets test that it in court shall we? :P

Overall this smells like a desperate attempt on the part of some disgruntled landlords who consider themselves to be above the law.

Another important point why this type of site should be shut down is the potential for fraud against those on their little database.

Checking a tenant’s details is easy. All you need is:

Surname

National Insurance No.

Date of birth

Remember: You must supply all three to gain a report on a tenant.

If a tenant is on our database, a full report of his/her history should appear on your screen. If this report isn't complete, please let us know and we will contact their previous landlord for further details.

TenantID’s database needs to grow and although by now we may have thousands of tenants already on our system, our database is not yet exhaustive. With your help, this resource can grow rapidly and the more names on the system the more effective it will be for everyone who uses it.

Why would a landlord have access to my NI number? I certainly would not give that out to anyone for any reason for obvious anti fraud reasons, big red flag here as this information is all you will need to commit some rather extensive fraud against the tenant listed.

Would you really trust your personal information with these people?:

http://www.tenantid.co.uk/meet-team :lol:

Edited by JustAnotherProle

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then they can link the rent you pay to the risk you pose - just like your car insurance.

Very expensive to those that can't afford it, very cheap to those who can....

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There are dodgy tenants and dodgy landlords. Live with it.

There were many brutal slave-owners, but there were also plenty of work-shy insubordinate slaves. Yet we only ever criticise the slave owners. Why is that?

Being a landlord is evil. Society accepts it now, just as society accepted slavery, persecution of the Jews, torture and many other appalling things.

Burning Catholics was seen as perfectly reasonable behaviour once.

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