The notion of having a tenant black list for landlords to access might prove controversial in many countries, but such a list has been available in Saskatchewan, Canada for some time.
The Saskatchewan government agency that ensures residential tenancies are implemented fairly is comfortable with the list, which carries the names of desirable and not-so-desirable tenants.
The list, available in an online database, was drawn up by the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Industry Association. Those blacklisted will have damaged properties they have lived in, or not have paid their rent.
Alaina Harrison, of the Carmichael Outreach Centre in Regina, said the list may well make it harder for some people to find accommodation, and should have a system whereby people can have their names removed. If a previous tenant pays restitution, for instance, they should make it on to the ‘good’ list.
Harrison said. “Monitor it … and make sure it’s done in a fair fashion.”
No such system exists in the UK, but there would arguably be some resistance to its implementation if it did. However, the ability for landlords to check credit history and ask for references does a similar job. A single list, on the other hand, might be more cost effective and quicker.
If you are a landlord or are in the process of buying landlords insurance, how would you feel about such a list? Would it create the risk of leaving tenants on a black list long-term, when they may have improved their reputation? Or would it simply make the process of finding reliable tenants easier?