It's always the landlord's decision whether to accept or reject your application. Although most landlords use our referencing service, others have their own process. In any case, landlords may accept an application regardless of the outcome of referencing.
You can find full details on our referencing in our Referencing Section.
Even failing referencing doesn't necessarily mean you cannot rent the property. You could still rent the property even if you don't pass referencing.
How to Rent a Property Even if You Fail Referencing
The most common way to rent a property even when you have failed referencing is to provide a UK-based guarantor who agrees to pay the rent should you fail to pay it in the future. Another solution can be to pay the rent for the let-period upfront, removing the risk that you won't be able to pay for it in monthly installments in the future.
You can find more information on this here.
Who Decides if I can Rent the Property?
On OpenRent, the landlord decides whether to accept or reject your application. If you have any concerns, the best thing to do is to contact the landlords of the properties you're interested in, and mention upfront any concerns you have about the application process.