(Closed) Moving With Bad Rental Reference?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2617 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

Super weird that they’re accusing your FH of all of this :/.  Could you ask the owner’s son to be your reference?  He seems to be more helpful & logical during all of this.  I also think being honest with your new future landlords is a good way to go.  I would just mention that they haven’t been able to make repairs & are now making false accusations that you & your FH aren’t comfortable with.  Good luck!

Post # 5
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Can you show receipts or copies of cancelled checks to show you always paid the rent. I would be upfront but have those with me too.

Post # 6
554 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@ElayneRunner:  I work in property management and the best policy is to be upfront. Landlords are more than aware that sometimes things like this happen. If you have paid on time, that is of most importance to potential landlords. Secondly, whether or not you will get your security deposit back is important too. Are they charging you for damages? I ask this because if you left the place in good condition they are obligated to be truthful about that. Most placed run credit, look at income, and job stability. Your landlord should not be the only determining factor in you being approved.


Post # 7
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you find out that he tells others that you are being abused call the police to speak to him… he is under no circumstances allowed to slander your Fiance and you when nothing has been proven and if you’ve had the odd noise complaint. He should only be telling them your rent payment history and any problems he has had (as in noise complaints from other tenants) but he cannot be telling people you are being beaten and thrown through windows no matter how much he wants to beleive it.

It could help to just claim this is your first time renting but that can also work against you because you’ll have competition sometimes from people who actually have references to confirm they pay rent on time. There is also always the chance they won’t even call him if you come across as professional and responsible.

I would only bring up anything if they specifically ask about your rental history and you can say that you always pay rent on time and you really enjoyed your apartment but it is currently in a sate of disrepair and the landlord is not able to fix it to your satisfaction and you don’t feel like it is a safe situation to live in. It may depend on the landlord about whether or not you feel comfortable enough saying “There have also been some allegations made against my Fiance that are unfounded and are making us uncomfortable living there any longer.”

Best of luck!!! I hope this doesn’t interfere with your wedding planning!

Post # 8
255 posts
Helper bee

Honestly…  I wouldn’t consider using your current landlord as a reference.  It would compromise your chances of getting any place.  I would use a trusted family member or friend instead.  Obviously it’s not being completely honest, but if you’re not bad tenants and plan to take care of the place, I feel it’s your only option for your family.

Post # 9
3471 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

I would list the care-taker as the reference and explain that they’re the one you have the most contact with.  Also, don’t say anything in advance.  If you are denied, ask for the reason.  If you don’t believe what they say, you can explain that there are unfouded allogations and you hope they didn’t play a role in the new places’ decision making process. 

Post # 10
2947 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I know it sounds risky, but I would be upfront on your application that you are having problems with your current landlord not making your home livable.  Note that you have paid on time, and that you have not reported the landlord (at least you hadn’t at your previous post) due to not wanting to cause waves additional problems.  You may find them being sympathetic.

Also, a lot of places who rent know who the bad landlords are, and will not pay that much attention to a bad reference from them. 

That said, I left two appartments on not so great terms with management, and never had trouble renting a new place. 

Post # 11
7285 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

If you’re trying to rent through a property management company or a big apartment complex, the people checking the references really only want to know if you paid your rent on time, and if you needed to be evicted, so it might not matter what your landlord has to say.  If you do not get this apartment, I would focus my future apartment searching on only apartments in big complexes or run through agencies, because the personaltiy ‘issues” with your current landlord will not matter to them.

Post # 13
2183 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

Honestly, I’ve never had a situation where the previous landlord was actually called. the prospective landlord only cares about your salary and credit score, in my experience. I had a bad experoenece once, too, but he was never called. Don’t worry…. If a new landlord brings it up, then offer an explanation. 

Post # 14
1797 posts
Buzzing bee

Hello again! When we applied for our apartment we were so worried because everywhere we looked wanted rental references, and we hadn’t even moved out of our parents’ houses yet. We told the people up front that we had never rented before, but the lady in the office said it was okay. We were worried that the only place we would be able to get would be a slum, but we ended up in a very nice apartment complex. I don’t think it’ll be impossible to find a company who is sympathetic to your situation. Most places just ask for the references to see if you’ll actually give them one. Some check just to see if you’re lying about the reference as well, so don’t do that! Are you sure this guy won’t give you a great report just to get you out since you mentioned previously that he threatened to evict you? If he says anything more than you paid on time I would get someone involved in the situation. I would also be upfront to the prospective landlord by telling him or her that you are in the process of looking because you are having problems with what is basically a slumlord who is not only not taking care of your apartment but also treating you poorly.

Post # 16
9917 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ElayneRunner:  Is a reference a thing for renting?  I’ve rented three or four apartments and I’ve never had to provide references.  Mine were all in Philly, so maybe it’s different there?

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