I have not been asked by other agents besides this one to provide 12 months upfront of rent. Not only this, they assured me this was normal. I have a good rental history, and no black marks to my name. As a form of \'compromise\' I was asked to pay 6 months in advance each time!! I feel as though I am being treated like a criminal. I am from overseas but been here 2 years now, and the british border agency did an extensive criminal check before I was allowed in on my tier 1 visa. Anyway I went with another agent, as they did not ask for all of this. Even when we first got here we didn\'t have to get treated like this with other agents. I think these people are just unaware of quality tenant backgrounds and lazy to do a proper review of background, job, etc.
What agent could do to change your mind?
Used a normal monthly direct debit contract and not strung us along for so long trying to make ridiculous demands.