As a landlord, you know how important a positive reference is for vetting potential tenants. An honest assessment from fellow landlords who have rented to your prospect is the best way to assess potential risks.
When a Potential Tenant Doesn't Provide a Reference Letter
If you’re considering a potential tenant and they haven’t provided you with a reference letter along with their rental application, you may want to think about writing a Tenant Reference Request to their landlord.
This letter should request all of the information that you would include in a reference letter and whatever you consider necessary for risk assessment. For example:
How long have they been in tenancy?
Do they pay their rent on time?
Have they ever been behind on their payments?
How often is their rent due?
What form does their payment usually take?
Have they ever damaged or mistreated your property?
Have they ever been the cause of any noise complaints or other disturbances?
Have you ever had cause to serve a legal notice (including an eviction notice) to them?
Character Reference Template
Download the Character Reference Template as a PDF.
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