sample letter to send to landlords for reference on a potential tenant

In Property Management - Asked by adel b. - Jul 19, 2010
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Sam B.
Broker/Agent
Gahanna, OH

At our business we don't use reference letters. Usually having the tenant fill out a rental application, checking credit, and following up with employment and last landlords via phone is sufficient. If you are interested in sending reference letters to past landlords, I found a decent template at propertydo.com.
Sam Brown
sbrown@peakpropertygroup.com
614-595-0268

Jul 21, 2010
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Dale O.
Owner/Investor
Spanaway, WA

Many landlords will not release info without a form signed by the former tenant. I have some MS-Word form letters I used when doing apartments - send me an email and will forward.

Oct 7, 2010
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Dale O.
Owner/Investor
Spanaway, WA

Jeffrey Taylor - www.MrLandlord.com says it is better to go visit the potential tenant at their current location and see how they are living there. If you see pennies scattered all over the floor - that is a red flag so do not rent to these tenants. After 10 years, I can attest that most of the individuals that move out in the middle of the night will leave their penny jar strewn all over the unit! I rolled them up and deposited them in rolls. Deposited $12 one time and Bank of America tried to charge me a $4 "coin handling fee". Got that fixed in a hurry.

Oct 7, 2010
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Linda S.
Broker/Agent
North Yarmouth, ME

Wow, Dale O.... I've been a landlord since 1983 and have never seen the strewn penny thing. I'll bet that's a PIA.
Linda

Oct 8, 2010
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