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    landlord refusing to give reference letter

    Hello, my landlord is currently withholding the reference letter asked by the letting agency because I refused to pick the end of tenancy cleaning he chose (300gbp for a 500sqft...). Now the flat I was supposed to move in in 2 weeks might be turned down and I will not have time to find an other one on such short notice. What can I do pls?

    #2
    You can agree to what the landlord is demanding in exchange for a reference.

    You can explain to the new landlord/agent why your current landlord won't give you a reference (it's fairly common - I don't give them at all).

    You can ask the agent for a reference that simply confirms that you were a tenant from xx/xx/xxxx to yy/yy/yyyyy and paid your rent on time, they might do that.

    You can't compel the landlord to give you a reference.
    When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
    Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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      #3
      Not much. The landlord isn’t under any obligation to provide a reference.

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        #4
        Is moving to the new property not worth the difference in cleaning cost?

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          #5
          Explain to your new LA what the situation is and you have an obstructive landlord. It's fairly common.

          As long as you have a good credit rating, employers reference, no other issues, and confirm that you're not in any disputes with your current landlord, then you'll most likely be accepted.

          £300 cleaning for a small flat sounds like a lot! Does your tenancy agreement state you must take this option at this fee?

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            #6
            Originally posted by jpkeates View Post

            You can explain to the new landlord/agent why your current landlord won't give you a reference (it's fairly common - I don't give them at all).
            No it isn't common, I can't recall any occasion of a landlord refusing.

            Personally I wouldn't take on a tenant whose previous landlord refused to give a reference. The largest Rent Guarantee Insurers would not accept them either.


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              #7
              It is a condition of my council's landlord licensing that landlords respond to reference requests from other licensees within 21 days.

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                #8
                "Thank you for your enquiry. As a matter of business policy I do not issue references (positive or negative). Nothing about this should be taken as a negative in relation to XXX."
                When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                  #9
                  That is a meaningless condition. LL can just write 'I am compelled by my Licensing Auth to respond to any ref request. I confirm this person occupied my property from,to <date>'.
                  It would be fraud if T concocted a ref purporting to be from the LL.
                  Last LL or Agency ref carries little weight for me.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mariner View Post
                    That is a meaningless condition. LL can just write 'I am compelled by my Licensing Auth to respond to any ref request. I confirm this person occupied my property from,to <date>'.
                    It would be fraud if T concocted a ref purporting to be from the LL.
                    It also requires a specific statement as to whether there have been allegations of ASB, and details of those allegations, and whether they have been admitted, or a case found against the tenant.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by boletus View Post

                      No it isn't common, I can't recall any occasion of a landlord refusing.

                      Personally I wouldn't take on a tenant whose previous landlord refused to give a reference. The largest Rent Guarantee Insurers would not accept them either.

                      Ditto. It would be a simple no from me (if I asked for a reference and this was refused -- but I often do not ask).

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by mariner View Post
                        Last LL or Agency ref carries little weight for me.
                        Not clear why?

                        So if you knew that the T failed to leave in response to a S21 notice, or failed to leave until bailiffs were called, or failed to pay rent....., or smoked, etc....) that would not influence your decision?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                          "Thank you for your enquiry. As a matter of business policy I do not issue references (positive or negative). Nothing about this should be taken as a negative in relation to XXX."
                          Dear Prospective Tenant,
                          Unfortunately I will not be offering you a tenancy at this time.
                          Good luck finding a mug landlord who will take you on.

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                            #14
                            Never been an issue - I've even (just) checked my agent to see if they've ever had an issue.

                            I do get the impression that agents in the area operate an internal "information share".
                            When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
                            Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).

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                              #15
                              You cant force a landlord to give you a reference but you can tell them you will have to stay on - and make them evict you - if you are unable to move as a result. Point out that the average eviction time is 44 weeks.

                              If you can show a landlord proof that you have paid rent regularly then some will accept you without a previous landlord's reference.

                              If you had a landlord before this one did you get a reference from them or could you get one now? Do you have copies of check out reports from any previous tenancies showing you left the place in decent condition?

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