An incident in County Cork, Ireland will perhaps emphasise to private landlords the importance of tenant credit checks.

The Corkman reports that a 21-year-old woman from Fermoy was recently arrested after getting into a row with the owner of her rental property.

Exchanges got so heated that the lady in question, Georgina O'Mahoney, apparently threatened to blow up her private landlord's house.

Inspector Tony O'Sullivan told a sitting of Fermoy District Court: "It would appear she had rented a house and had become involved in a row with the landlord after he removed her belongings from the premises."

Various threats were issued to the landlord, he added, before the defendant was arrested.

By undertaking thorough tenant credit checks and other referencing procedures, private landlords can avoid renting their properties to troublemakers.

If property owners do find they need to take legal action against their tenants, there are a number of landlord legal services offered by the National Landlords Association and other groups.

Written by Sarah Field
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