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Reference Check (by Lisa [IL]) Jun 26, 2017 9:20 AM
       Reference Check (by LisaFL [FL]) Jun 26, 2017 9:30 AM
       Reference Check (by Amy [MO]) Jun 26, 2017 10:55 AM
       Reference Check (by Vee [OH]) Jun 26, 2017 12:47 PM
       Reference Check (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jun 26, 2017 1:54 PM
       Reference Check (by William [AR]) Jun 26, 2017 4:28 PM
       Reference Check (by Harpazo [GA]) Jun 27, 2017 6:51 AM
       Reference Check (by DJ [VA]) Jun 27, 2017 5:02 PM

Reference Check (by Lisa [IL]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 9:20 AM

State Specific Question About: ILLINOIS (IL)

Received a reference check for a previous tenant that abandoned the unit though had an unauthorized tenant remaining with her boyfriend and child.

Not criminally bad tenants, but whole lots of damages from neglect/ uncleanliness. Back rent also.

Authorization is signed by previous unauthorized tenant.

What info if any am I liable to give out?

Reference Check (by LisaFL [FL]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 9:30 AM

I'd either stick with answering the specific questions they ask or simply tell the truth.

If you didn't want to get into specifics couldn't you just say "I would not rent to this tenant again."

Reference Check (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 10:55 AM

I'd have them fax/email over the paper. Try to verify who this person is who is calling.

Answer questions without specifics. Amount of rent, length of stay, received security deposit, would you rent again--yes/no only. Etc. Anything you don't feel comfortable, don't answer.


Reference Check (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 12:47 PM

Send them a copy of the balance unpaid on the deposit accounting sheet, maybe they want to help the folks who created such a large debt.

Reference Check (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 1:54 PM


Gotta chuckle - "skipped, owe money, unauthorized occupant, dirty, damage..." but not "bad".

We stick with the simple truth: This person was an unauthorized occupant. We would not rent to them again.

But first, ask for a current address so you can collect!


Reference Check (by William [AR]) Posted on: Jun 26, 2017 4:28 PM

Only give fact not options. Don't say what you think or feel. State facts like: Amount owed, or apt was dirty/damaged. If you feel nervous, decline to answer the request. Regarding the unauthorized occupant, I would state that they never had a lease with me. Which is true.

Reference Check (by Harpazo [GA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2017 6:51 AM

"skipped, owe money, unauthorized occupant, dirty, damage..." but not "bad" Hilarious! TY

Exactly, get the address prior to info answering so you can serve these model tenants. --76.97.x.x

Reference Check (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jun 27, 2017 5:02 PM

I would say the facts in professional but clear way. Help the next landlord by telling them the whole truth. They are doing the right thing by getting permission & screening, so they should get the info they need to protect themselves - like I hope I get when I check on applicants. I hate it when a previous landlord is vague.

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