Before entering into a rental contract, it is essential that landlords confirm their future tenants’ creditworthiness and make sure that the documents provided are genuine. Here I’d like to focus on a very useful and lesser-known tool for checking your future tenant’s income.

Avoiding fraudulent tenancy documents

Each time their tenants change, landlords must be cautious when it comes to the documents submitted by these future tenants. Nowadays, it is, in fact, extremely easy to forge documents. Certain websites specialize in this practice, selling false payslips, employers’ certificates, employment contracts, tax statements, proof of residence etc.
In this context, it can be very difficult for landlords to identify these false documents. But the Direction Générale des Finances Publiques (the Directorate-General for Public Finances) has set up a website that allows you to check the authenticity of a tax statement. This tool has turned out to be very useful to landlords, who, in just a few clicks, can both check whether the documents provided by the tenant are genuine and protect themselves against fraud.

In practice, how do you check whether a tax statement is genuine?

To confirm that a tax statement is not forged, the landlord needs to enter the tax code and reference number provided on the following website:

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Maud Velter
Maud Velter
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