References are necessary to ensure that you, as a tenant, are suitable for your chosen property and
can pay the rental amount. A LOCAL letting agent may ask for proof that you have successfully
rented a property before without any major problems and will ask permission to conduct relevant
searches. Evidence may include a reference from previous landlords, a credit check, your bank
details, and details of your employment, including your job title, payroll number, salary, and any
previous employers. If they note a potential risk, you may be asked to provide a guarantor who will
be contractually liable, both legally and financially, if you fail to pay rent or cause any damage to
the property during your tenancy.