It's not like insurance. For renting, think of it the same as employment positions covered by the ROA, in that you only have to disclose unspent convictions.
Ultimately, they are unlikely to check, but it is possible for them to ask to see a basic disclosure if they really wanted to. If you didn't want to, then you'd simply have to go through a different estate agent.
When I recently moved, they asked about
convictions, and I didn't know whether to disclose or not, but given that my name and face is all over this website, on radio etc, I thought it would be unwise to lie. I simply rang them up and disclosed and they were fine - I remember they made a comment (that I felt quite uncomfortable with if I'm honest) about
just wanting to check whether people would trash the place or deal drugs, and so they used the conviction question to make any potential links with this - as my convictions was "only" for theft from employer they didn't really care. Part of me thinks that a bit stereotypical, but then from a relevancy perspective I suppose it makes sense, perhaps it just made me uncomfortable the way they didn't seem to have a strict process and simply went on stereotypes.
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