A legal case in Milton Keynes has highlighted to private landlords the importance of conducting thorough tenant credit checks.

Richard Jerome and his wife Hazel could be sent to prison after they failed to pay their landlord rent in two different properties thanks to an elaborate scheme, reports the Milton Keynes Citizen.

The couple were able to con their private landlords by telling them that they would rent out their properties with a view to buying them later down the line - but they affectively became squatters when they refused to pay any bills and did not leave when asked.

One private landlord, who almost let a property to the couple, told the newspaper: "I couldn't believe it when I read the story in the Citizen. I so nearly fell for the same scam."

She added that "they seemed the perfect cash buyers at first and we were delighted", but the arrangement broke down when it became clear that Mr Jerome had been lying to her.

Earlier this month, Hip-consultant.co.uk advised buy-to-let professionals that one way of avoiding landlord legal disputes is to ensure maintenance work on properties is undertaken quickly and with minimum fuss.

Written by Mark Garner
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