Hi. We've just taken on our second BTL property and through contacts the Local Housing Resourcing Officer has found a tenant for us, but not having experience of LHA I wanted to ask some questions.
The council have vetted the property and are happy with it. It's a recently refurbished 3 bed mid terrace.
So I understand from the council that the deposit is by way of a Bond and that because I don't get any cash that I don't need to protect it. Is this correct I thought I'd seen that even council bonds need to be protected.
Also what should I do about vetting this tenant (Mum with 2 kids). We have an NLA application form that's been completed. I will ring their previous landlord, who is emigrating, hence the need for the tenant to find new housing, to verify that they were a reliable tenant. The rent will be paid directly by the council to me. What reference checks would you normally do on LHA tenants who are very unlikely to pass a credit check?
Thanks for any advice.