The National Landlords Association (NLA) is encouraging landlords to carry out background checks on potential tenants before drawing up tenancy agreements.
It claimed that many landlords fail to make simple tenant checks, which can increase their risk of experiencing problems later on.
For example, investigating a tenant's financial details could give landlords an indication of whether they will be able to meet their rental payments.
The NLA said a basic tenant check should look at whether potential tenants have any county court judgements or have been made bankrupt.
It should also examine linked addresses and name aliases as well as employer and past landlord details.
David Salusbury, chairman of the NLA, said: "Tenant checks should not be an optional extra for any landlord.
"If a potential tenant has a track record of not paying their rent or states they are employed when in fact they got sacked, the landlord should know."
Earlier this year, the NLA said that legislation designed to protect tenant deposits was working, despite concerns over costs.
Posted by Rachel Crook
Published on: April 22, 2010