Reference Check fee-I'm being robbed

DavidR on July 06, 2016, 03:38:43 PM
Hi, 

Most people in my town are getting robbed with reference checks with letting agents charging £30 per person to day we have no rent arrears.  My family are going to move soon and stand to lose a few hundred on referencing.  Can we do anything about it?  It's just a stupid form to day we've paid up on time. 

David

john85_islington on July 28, 2016, 03:49:15 PM
Hi David,

I'm not saying that you should do this but have you thought about threatening them with a Subject Access Request? 
https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/1065/subject-access-code-of-practice.pdf

I did it a couple of years ago and told the agency politely that I could get an SAR for £10.  It'd take them quite a while to comply so they backed down and waived the reference check fee.  They did add though some face-saving line about "It's harder than it looks hence we need to rob you" 

Just a thought. 

John