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Robert Lee, Both Buyer and Seller in Piedmont, CA

Things to consider when renting to someone from overseas

Asked by Robert Lee, Piedmont, CA Sun Mar 17, 2013

I have a prospective tenant from London who does not have any US credit history. Need some suggestions as to things to consider.

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If that person is moving to the USA because of a job, most rental companies (and landlords) will want ---- as proof of the person's ability to pay --- a statement from the hiring company to prove that this person is relocating because of the job.

Some prospective landlords may also want several months' rent in advance as they do in other countries, too. One of my clients who moved to South Korea said she had to pay the whole year's rent up front. So this should not be a surprise to anyone moving here. But if this person is "winging" it by coming to a foreign country unprepared to put up some money, he'd be really challenged to find a suitable residence other than a cash-only hotel/motel/hostel.

Once here, that person should start building up that history (payments to utility companies, telephone service, and also to open up local charge accounts).
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Hi Pacita,
Thank you very much for your very useful feed back.
Robert
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Do they have a job? .......
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thank you for your replay Tim. Yes, she is here on a 5 year work visa from a major firm here is San Francisco. What is the appropriate way to verify the credit report she generated from England and job offer from the company? Is there anything else a landlord should do to protect themselves in this situation? thanks
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