Having a positive landlord reference can make a major difference when you are applying for new rental properties. A good reference from your previous landlord is like a sort of credit check, it can help demonstrate that you are responsible, pay your rent reliably, and are respectful of your living space and your neighbors. Here are some tips for getting that great reference!
Communicate: Maintaining a good relationship with your landlord is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to getting your reference. This means paying your rent on time, following the rules laid out in your lease, and communicating any issues or concerns you may have in a timely and respectful manner so everyone feels respected.
Leave the property in good shape: When you move out, be sure to leave the property in the best possible condition. Make sure you do a thorough cleaning of the property, take care to repair any damage (inspect before and after moving your furniture out), and return the rental unit in the same condition you found it when you moved in.
Request a reference: When you are ready to move and find a new place, and you’ve ensured everything is in great shape, be sure to request that reference. You can do this in writing or in person, but try to allow your landlord plenty of notice so they’ll have time to prepare a great reference for you.
Be your own reference: There can be many reasons people don’t want to provide references, and it’s always frustrating. If your current landlord is unwilling or maybe unable to provide a reference, then don’t give up! Consider offering to provide a reference for yourself! This can be a good way to demonstrate to a potential landlord that you are responsible and reliable if you take the time to write it well, don’t make it too long, and provide supporting evidence. You may want to include information about your rental history, your payment history, and any unique circumstances or issues that may have affected your time renting there.
Consider using other references: If you can't obtain a reference from your current landlord, then consider using other references such as a previous landlord, a current employer, or a professional reference. These references can help demonstrate your responsibility and reliability to a potential landlord, and even a previous landlord carries a lot of weight.
We hope these tips help you to get the best reference possible, and we hope they help you find the perfect home for you! Check out the rest of our website to find your next rental!