TENANT BACKGROUND CHECKS: Checking Tenant Personal References
Obtaining references on a tenant application is important for a variety of reasons. Collecting references is a worthless exercise unless you check them out.
Contact the Current, Previous Landlord
The most important reference is the current landlord, followed by the previous landlord. Be sure to ask about:
- The general impression of this tenant
- The tenant’s payment habits
- Whether they obey rules
- Do they respect the property
You will be surprised what you can learn in just one phone call.
Friends and family
Other references include friends and relatives. These references are critical:
- In the event of an emergency
- To locate the tenant once theyve moved out
- Key to any collector doing skip tracing on a tenant that left owing money
Cross check that the phone numbers of references are from the same geographic area that the prospective tenant claims to be from.
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