I have had my tenants referenced, but I would like to carry out a criminal convictions check on them. Am I allowed to do this?
Checks on an individual’s criminal records are made via the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - previously known as a CRB Check – and can only be made by an employer, not an individual.
Your tenant can apply for a basic disclosure certificate themselves, which will identify any unspent criminal convictions that they have. The certificate, which costs £25 to obtain, requires your tenant to fill in a form online and submit three forms of ID digitally (passport, driving license, birth certificate or National Identity card).
Your tenant will require:
- Address details for the past five years
- Their National Insurance number
They'll also need to supply a copy of one of the following, which includes their current address:
- Utility bill (gas, electric or landline telephone)
- Rental agreement/mortgage (must be typed not handwritten)
- Current bank statement
- Doctor's letter
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