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    Bad previous tenant has asked for reference?

    Hello,

    I have had a very bad past tenant who has left my property and clearly looking for somewhere new. They had left my property in a complete mess, were late with payments, grew cannabis, and committed fraud. They obviously don't know I know all of this and it can be proved!

    So with regards giving them a reference can I refuse or say yes and then give them a 'truthful' bad reference?

    #2
    Truthful bad reference!
    Think of it like this if you had s truthful reference from their previous landlord it could have saved you all the hassle the bad tenant caused you. IMO it would be unfair for you to knowingly withhold any information from the next landlord.

    With this Sarah Tether Bill in the press, I reckon its not all about ONLY rooting out bad landlords but rooting out bad tenants from the private sector too!!!
    Any advice I give is my opinion and experience, I am as you also learning.

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      #3
      As long as the information is accurate yes you can however I would be minded to write to whoever is seeking the reference by confirming that the person was resident in the property between x and y beyond which you are not prepared to make any further comment regarding this person. This will certainly set the alrm bells ringing and if they have any sense the agency or new landlord will say an emphatic NO.

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        #4
        Thank you for the advice, yes I agree I have to give the 'truthful' reference to avoid any future landlords the hassele, I also like the nudge nudge wink wink approach from Loanranger if getting to the point could cause myself problems.

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          #5
          You could do what I have just done with a bad tenant.

          Refuse a written reference but say that she paid the rent (if she did) and that is about it. It is then up the agent or new LL to suss out the rest.



          Freedom at the point of zero............

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            #6
            Deal with simple facts.

            "The Tenant was resident in the property from date X to date Y. Rent was due on the X of every month. The rent was late on X, Y, Z and blah. The property was left with significant damage and was very unclean."

            That would be enough for me to balk.

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              #7
              You are usually asked set questions. Answer these accurately. Heresay is not good "proof".
              If you have been given a blanket "Please give a reference", then fill your boots.
              Allow tenants to protect their own deposits. I want free money when they do it wrong

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                #8
                Ideal response from Griff, but you could say "X was my T from X to Y I would not rent a property to this individual ever again"
                "I'm afraid I didn't do enough background checks apart from checking her identity on Facebook" - ANON

                What I say is based on my own experience and research - Please don't take as gospel without first checking the gospel yourself.

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                  #9
                  Recently had these set questions from one of the main referencers;

                  1. How long have they been a tenant in your property? yrs mths
                  2. What is their current monthly rental figure? £
                  3. Has the rent always been paid promptly? Yes No
                  4. Has the tenancy been conducted in a satisfactory manner? Yes No
                  5. Do you consider the applicant to be a good tenant? Yes No

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Hippogriff View Post
                    Deal with simple facts.

                    "The Tenant was resident in the property from date X to date Y. Rent was due on the X of every month. The rent was late on X, Y, Z and blah. The property was left with significant damage and was very unclean."

                    That would be enough for me to balk.
                    I'd be tempted to add, they grew 'specialised' plants which can't be brought from the garden centre and I would, NEVER, rent to these tenants again.

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                      #11
                      Agree with above......i would treat any future landlord of this idiot with the same as you would of wanted from his previous landlord..... We need to assist each other in avoiding bad tenants, if not then we are all in trouble.

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