Reference Questions..?

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  • Reference Questions..?

    Hello!

    I have searched this forum section (Rental Property Questions) and although I have found some excellent snippets of information, I haven't been able to find a thread dedicated to my question...

    What sort of questions should I be asking a given Reference (referee) when following up?

    I have a few lined up:

    How do you know the <tenant in question>?
    How long have you known <tenant in question>?
    Has <tenant in question> always paid thier rent on time?
    How did <tenant in question> treat their tenancy and house?

    ^ Some questions are for previous landlords and others generic.

    I must be missing some obvious ones, too! Can anyone help add to this list, please?
    Perhaps some to ask the guaruntor, too?

    Thanks.

  • #2
    I now always get a photocopy of their drivers license or passport and an original utility bill from last residence. Just to be sure they are who they say they are.
    ASSUME NOTHING - QUESTION EVERYTHING!

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    • #3
      I agree Paragon, especially the utility bill. Also, I personally would certainly be cautious of a new tenant who was previously staying with relatives/friends. It was mentioned on a previous thread that some ex-landlords may write a glowing reference just to offload an unwanted tenant. Present company excepted of course!

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