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How to Get a House Rental Reference from Your Landlord

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Marina Shlomov - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you’re searching for a house rental, a positive referral from your current or former landlord can assist in the process of getting your application approved. Homeowners and management companies want to know they can trust tenants not only with their monthly rent, but to meet the terms of the agreement, as well as the protection of the grounds. Getting a house rental reference from your landlord doesn’t have to be difficult. As long as you’ve been a trustworthy tenant, he’ll likely pass on the recommendation, providing the opportunity to get approved for your next home sweet home.

Asking for a Reference

When you begin a new rental search, you’ve likely already informed your current landlord that you plan on relocating. If not, asking them for a reference will be a shock, especially if the terms of your agreement have not been adhered to or if you planned on breaking your rental agreement early. In these situations, you’ll need to provide an explanation as to why you cannot fulfill the terms of your mutual contract. Work relocation, illness, school obligations and even family emergencies can all be explained and perhaps pardoned by your landlord. As long as you’ve adhered to the other tips that follow, they'll have plenty of reasons to pass on positive experiences with you as a tenant.

Take Good Care of the Property 

  1. Don't Make Unapproved Changes to Your House Rental. Before you hang pictures or change the landscaping, remember you’ll have to maintain the current condition of the home in order to get your deposit back and keep your landlord satisfied. If you’ve been damaging the property in any way, they are certainly not going to have nice things to say. When in doubt, ask for  permission before making any changes. Be sure to keep the interior and exterior clean and presentable at all times.
  2. Pay on Time. Certain life circumstances can prevent you from making your monthly rental payment. Job loss or other emergencies do happen. As long as you have a history of paying your rent on time, your landlord will likely work with you and provide a solution to prevent an eviction should any of these unexpected situations occur. Moving forward, they’ll gladly share with any future landlords that you can be trusted with the financial obligation, even during a difficult time.
  3. Communication. When something goes wrong inside of your rental home, your landlord needs to know about it. Keeping her informed of broken pipes, leaking faucets and other repairs means you also value the home and understand a small problem can easily become a costly one later. Your landlord appreciates the care and concern you place in their investment so be sure to communicate everything from small to big concerns and anything in between.

If you’re seeking a rental house in Decatur or houses for rent in Stone Mountain, a positive reference from your landlord can help. Contact us today and we’ll gladly provide assistance in your next home search.

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