Facebook party highlights need for tenant checks

A recent incident involving a housewarming party arranged on the social networking website Facebook has highlighted the need for landlords to carry our checks on new tenants.

According to the Gympie Times, a landlord in Australia was forced to turn up at one of his rental properties unannounced after hearing that a large and potentially destructive get-together had been planned.

Luckily he arrived in time and was able to stop the party from going ahead. Police said numerous youths were found roaming the streets afterwards and "making a nuisance of themselves".

There have been several incidents of young people organising parties on Facebook. Some have attracted hundreds of guests as invitations have spread like wildfire across the social network.

To avoid potential damage to their properties as a result of house parties, landlords can carry out checks on potential tenants before they sign tenancy agreements to make sure they have not been involved in any antisocial behaviour in the past.

They can also include clauses within the agreements to set out what is and is not acceptable in terms of noise levels and other possible disturbances.

Posted by Christopher Evans


Published on: September 28, 2010

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