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Agents warned of trafficked tenants with false documents

Agents warned of trafficked tenants with false documents

The police have told letting agents and landlords that they are in a unique position to spot - and prevent - the arrival of trafficked and exploited tenants, if they know what to look for.

Police Scotland has made an appeal to agents north of the border saying that ‘Document Awareness’ guidance can be offered - specific assistance aimed at identifying false paperwork. 

“Letting agencies have an important role to play in helping Police Scotland and its partners tackle human trafficking. We are asking them to be responsible by making sure they know who is renting their premises” says Detective Chief Inspector Ruth Gilfillan of Police Scotland’s Human Trafficking Unit.

Police Scotland issues this guidance, which could be a helpful guide to agents across the UK:

- Do you know who is residing in your premises?

- Is the occupant the same person that completed the tenancy agreement?

- Do the occupants change on a regular basis?

- Are the premises suitable and appropriate for the number of occupants?

- Is the occupant in possession of their own passport, identification or travel documents?

- Is the occupant able to communicate on their own behalf?

- Does the occupant act as if they were instructed or coached by someone else?

- Is the occupant responsible for paying for their own tenancy?

- If not, who is responsible for paying for the tenancy?

- Does the occupant have freedom of movement?

- Does the occupant appear withdrawn or frightened?

- Is there evidence of the premises being used for prostitution?

- Are you aware of anti-social complaints?

- If you think someone is in immediate danger call 999.

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