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When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Dec 6, 2017 4:59 AM
       When another LL calls (by Homer [TX]) Dec 6, 2017 5:17 AM
       When another LL calls (by WMH [NC]) Dec 6, 2017 5:21 AM
       When another LL calls (by razorback_tim [AR]) Dec 6, 2017 5:30 AM
       When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Dec 6, 2017 5:44 AM
       When another LL calls (by Gail K [GA]) Dec 6, 2017 5:45 AM
       When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Dec 6, 2017 5:49 AM
       When another LL calls (by WMH [NC]) Dec 6, 2017 5:59 AM
       When another LL calls (by rani3182 [TX]) Dec 6, 2017 6:03 AM
       When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Dec 6, 2017 6:14 AM
       When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Dec 6, 2017 6:34 AM
       When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Dec 6, 2017 6:40 AM
       When another LL calls (by Plenty [MO]) Dec 6, 2017 6:41 AM
       When another LL calls (by RB [MI]) Dec 6, 2017 6:52 AM
       When another LL calls (by Opinionated [NC]) Dec 6, 2017 7:00 AM
       When another LL calls (by Julie [KS]) Dec 6, 2017 7:08 AM
       When another LL calls (by S i d [MO]) Dec 6, 2017 7:32 AM
       When another LL calls (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 6, 2017 9:48 AM
       When another LL calls (by Sisco [MO]) Dec 6, 2017 10:20 AM
       When another LL calls (by Robin [WI]) Dec 6, 2017 10:50 AM
       When another LL calls (by AllyM [NJ]) Dec 6, 2017 11:13 AM
       When another LL calls (by Vee [OH]) Dec 6, 2017 11:15 AM
       When another LL calls (by Tom [FL]) Dec 6, 2017 11:31 AM
       When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 6, 2017 12:58 PM
       When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 6, 2017 12:59 PM
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       When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Dec 6, 2017 1:24 PM
       When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Dec 6, 2017 4:49 PM
       When another LL calls (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Dec 6, 2017 7:42 PM
       When another LL calls (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Dec 6, 2017 7:47 PM
       When another LL calls (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Dec 6, 2017 10:30 PM
       When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Dec 7, 2017 1:40 AM
       When another LL calls (by Sisco [MO]) Dec 7, 2017 1:57 AM
       When another LL calls (by Kyle [IN]) Dec 7, 2017 7:10 AM
       When another LL calls (by allin [VA]) Dec 7, 2017 9:23 AM
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When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 4:59 AM
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It is rare that I ever get calls from local LL's asking for 'tenant information' concerning one of my tenants who has filled out a rental application with them. Just in the last week, I received a phone call from a local LL in regards to one of my tenants who wants to move in to a bigger house than the small 2/1 I rent to him.

My question here is this: When you receive phone calls from local LL's asking for 'inside information' on whether or not they should rent to your tenant,...what do you tell them? Are you open and honest with them and answer any question they may have?

If your current tenant (who wants to move) is real deadbeat, are you going to share that information with another local LL who you have never met but is also in the same business you are? --68.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Homer [TX]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:17 AM
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Just like the apartments do me when I call them. I tell them to fax or email me their questions with authorization from the tenant to release info..... I had one call me a few months ago about a pita slow late payer. They never asked if rent was paid on time. This lady was with me 4 years and was late at least 25 times. I filed on her several times. With the list of questions the landlord sent me, he didn't get the full story. I only answer honestly what's asked, nothing else. --75.141.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:21 AM
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Do you want him to move?

If I don't like the tenant, I answer only the questions asked, I don't offer extra information. I don't lie, though, so if they ask the right questions, they will get the info they need.

For instance, a REAL problem tenant (years ago!) was moving. Prospective landlord called and asked me questions about his dog, his kid, the condition of the property: all good. She never asked me whether they paid the rent, or whether he was otherwise a problem (he was, a HUGE PITA and very threatening, in-your-face kind of guy. To everyone, not just us.)

I didn't offer that info, I wanted him to go! --173.22.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by razorback_tim [AR]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:30 AM
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If itís a mom and pop I will usually do it by phone. If itís a complex or property manager I do as Homer does and have them send a written request and I respond in writing. In both cases, just the facts and only answer the questions they ask. --166.137.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:44 AM
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Whether on the incoming tenant or outgoing tenant side, I'll only ask or answer quantifiable questions.

"How much is his monthly rent?"

"How long has he been with you?"

"How many times has he been late during that time period?"

"How are his dogs?" (if it's someone who claims to be pet-free)

"Would you rent to him again?"

etc. I suspect I could get in a lot of trouble for giving a subjective opinion, and I generally avoid those situations, period. Definitely not with a stranger over the phone. --96.46.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Gail K [GA]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:45 AM
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I've only had a few call about tenants.

I tell them the truth. If the tenants have been deadbeats in terms of paying rent on time, I say so.

I keep records of when tenants pay so if a tenant came back to complain I have all this documented.

Gail --71.203.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:49 AM
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The LL that called me has 25 rental houses and 2 partners (trio) in business with him and I know enough about him to know he is a legit business minded LL. (I offered to meet him for lunch sometime and discuss business and he said "just tell me when and where'.

The tenant he called about is an average Class C tenant,...not really bad but not really great either,...I will not mourn his decision to move out. This tenant will be breaking his 1 year lease and will probably stiff me on the ELT fee,...again should I share this information with the LL that called me? --68.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 5:59 AM
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I had a LL call me about an existing tenant - a good one - who had not informed me he was moving yet! So yes, I informed the LL of that, because I was so surprised. He was moving to another city with his GF. When she called, I did tell he was an excellent tenant but that he was breaking his lease with me to move, with no notice. That didn't seem to bother her at all!

I got it re-rented with no loss of rent, but certainly with no thanks to him. --173.22.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by rani3182 [TX]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:03 AM
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here are the questions I ask via email/fax

1. Has tenant ever been late on rent? If yes, list how many times and last late payment?

2. How does tenant currently deliver rent?

3. Has there been any trouble caused by or related to xyz during his/her tenancy?

4. What have been the last four complaints from tenant? Please provide details of what was the issue and how was it resolved?

5. How would you describe his relationship with the management team, if any?

6. How would you describe xyz as a tenant overall?

7. Did tenant provide a lease termination notice? How many days is required and how many days notice was provided?

8. Have you done regular maintenance check on the apartment? If yes, what were last 3-4 issues raised and how were they addressed?

9. Was a deposit collected at beginning of lease? If so, how much? How much is expected to be returned, if any? What deductions do you already see from regular checks?

--168.88.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:14 AM
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If he's got that much experience, he should know the questions to ask-- you shouldn't feed him information he doesn't ask for. "Breaking the 1 year lease" is a fact; "Will probably stiff me on the ELT fee" is an opinion. It might be an opinion grounded in truth and experience, but until he does it, it's still an opinion. :) "Would you rent to him again?" is a good catch-all question that gives the other party the chance to put some extra information in that I didn't ask for--- your answer being, "I might have considered it, but if he's willing to not honor his year-long lease by breaking it after x months, I think I'd pass on him."

In TX, I can't garnish, so I just do mtm and don't worry about year-long leases and ELTs and stuff... because it's not as readily enforceable around here as it is in other places. ELTs are good for people who do everything by the book, want to protect their credit scores, who want to get good references, and who return their rentals in white-glove condition, but I suspect a bunch of our tenants are more interested in survival, and so credit scores/reputation/cooperation are less entrenched in their habits and mindset. --96.46.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:34 AM
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Deanna (TX)

I agree with every word you just said. And I am considering doing only MTM leases also. In AL, we can garnish but it is a major uphill battle that I do not have time to deal with.

Yesterday, I called the LL who called me last week. I asked him "have you made a decision on my tenant yet?" His reply was "Yep, I collected a deposit from him today." My reply was "I guess that explains why my tenant has not paid December rent'.

A P/Q notice will get posted today. --68.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:40 AM
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If your ll friend is smart, he'll know that someone who's willing to break a lease, not pay current month's rent, and move with zero notice to Landlord A will be equally willing to do the same thing to Landlord B at the first moment the tenant perceives opportunity or gain from doing so.

If your LL friend is smart, he would realize that himself and think "Is this the best I can do...?"

But, I suspect your LL friend will take the short term gain. And you'll have the opportunity to improve on your last tenant. I hope things go well and that you get your vacancy filled nicely. --96.46.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Plenty [MO]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:41 AM
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In addition to all the above. I ask...have they given u proper notice? Do they owe you any money? --66.87.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by RB [MI]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 6:52 AM
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I 2nd razorback, Deanna and Plenty. --71.13.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Opinionated [NC]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:00 AM
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If I call seeking information, naturally I hope they will volunteer a lot of facts. So I try to consider treating them as I wish to be treated. But volunteering info can be risky.

Safest is to tell them you will verify, or not, the info the applicant has given them. Your response could take the form: "That does match my records", "that does not match my records".

--66.226.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by Julie [KS]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:08 AM
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I never do verbal rental references.

Fax or email the reference form with a signed release. I had a tenant throw a hissy fit because I gave them a "bad reference" & threaten to sue me because they didn't get the property. After forwarding a copy of the reference form to them and asking them what constituted the poor referral, what did they hope to gain by suing me??

For large out of town complexes & PMs this is their preferred procedure. For small local LLs they absolutely hate me because none of them have a release and/or a hard copy form. Written forms keeps your opinion to yourself & usually anyone with half a brain can read between the lines on a referral form. --63.245.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:32 AM
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I required signed release stating I can discuss their info...from everyone. The key is to treat all applicants/tenants the same.

However, I do have a list of large area LL's that either make my life difficult when I am trying to get a reference,and I return the favor. If they demand faxes and won't accept an email with attachment, I will demand emails from them. When they say they can't do that and need to send a fax, I response, "Sorry we don't have a fax machine. Consider joining the 21st Century."

I also have one LL agency in town that will only supply a rent ledger and won't answer any of my questions beyond that. Likewise, when they call me for a reference, I only send them a payment history. What's good for the goose... (wink)

I've had to re-tool my "Would you rent to them again?" question because every agency in town responds, "If they qualified." Which basically tells me nothing. A person who is being evicted today could qualify in 5 years. So here's what I ask now:

"Based on your and your company's experience with this tenant, what concerns would you have if they were to apply to rent from you again within the next 12 months from today?"

MUCH more tricky to give a vague response. I've had a few leave it blank, which tells me DANGER, DANGER! --173.19.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 9:48 AM
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Roy,

We seldom if ever get requests from other landlords. Some will tell us they ASSUMED the applicant was OK since we approved them three years ago.

When a LL complains to is about someone they accepted I ask ďDidnít you check the court records? Didnít you see the mess when you did the IN Home Visit? At least a drive by??!

We require the release and stick to basic facts. We do not answer all their questions such as the OPINION would we rent to them again.

I recently attended a seminar by Mike Butler where he recommended only providing their move in date and move out date to avoid lawsuits and possible trouble with fair housing laws. And only with a written signed release by the applicant. Step #1: Protect yourself.

We all know that renters and their free attorneys love to sue landlords.

Itís the casual comments the get a LL sued!! So keepa u mouth shut!

BRAD --68.51.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 10:20 AM
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I think that the golden rule should apply here.

I will answer the questions asked.....they have to ask good questions to get good information.

--72.172.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Robin [WI]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 10:50 AM
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I answer questions truthfully, because that is how I would want someone to treat me. However, I can count on one hand the number of times a LL called to check references. My recent combative PITA moved just a half-mile away. I was HOPING their prospective LL would call me, but they didn't. Their loss. A really, really big loss... --204.210.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 11:13 AM
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All I am really willing to say is that they did pay their rent or they did not. But I can say it in a way that will generate another question. I have only had to do this after tenants have already left. The first one who paid his rent was a drunk and a voyeur who used a long mirror on a pole to spy on other tenants. The LL caller asked me if I would rent to him again and I said emphatically NO.

The second one that I recall, there were probably others, was someone who asked about the mold lady. I told the caller that she paid her rent except the last month. And they I said: "Does she still have the rabbits?". All heck broke loose as it was a no pets rental. --73.33.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 11:15 AM
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I reply about timely rent, pets and last known condition, if they can't figure it out then too bad - as Lee would say --> landlord up <-- do a home inspection... --76.188.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Tom [FL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 11:31 AM
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WOW! Some of you need to C.Y.A. because of potential lawsuits.

Julie of KS was spot on by 1st getting the written approval from the landlord before you tell them the basic information. Check fair housing laws as well it may be worth it, again C.Y.A.

PLUS as a landlord you have no clue whose on the other end of the phone. You could be getting tested as well. Landlords C.Y.A....

Until you get a signed release from the landlord say zip node nothing.

IF the landlord is a mom and pop and they have no signed release then you say nothing.

It's funny landlords that are getting potential tenants from Brad20K are not calling Brad20k because they THINK this tenant is ok due to renting from Brad20K. Good Luck to the new Landlord that has that mindset. Tenants can and do go bad so best of success to the Landlord who does not call but assumes this tenant will be the best thing since sliced bread.

Phone Interview, you weed out many with you must complete rental app and pay app fee;

Showing Interview, you can pick up on questions you ask potential tenant;

Complete Application and pay application fee. this can weed out many problem tenants. Incomplete app and/or several charge offs, collection accts, delinquent accts;

Present home visit and/or drive-bys;

Call present water company and/or sewage authority; lienable to property;

The best part of a potential tenant that has bad credit thinks at the showing they can sweet talk you into renting to them because they show up and tell you how nice they are... AND how they will take care of the place... OR they give you a sob story on how bad the present landlord is to them...

--99.56.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 12:58 PM
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Roy, if you called me about a tenant, I'd talk to you as long as you wanted and tell you more than you needed to know.I don't care, I have the time.Besides I tell the truth,so no one can come back and sue me.you can't sue someone for being honest.

..Charlie...............................................................can they?..............................Great country,America........................ --174.199.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 12:59 PM
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Roy, if you called me about a tenant, I'd talk to you as long as you wanted and tell you more than you needed to know.I don't care, I have the time.Besides I tell the truth,so no one can come back and sue me.you can't sue someone for being honest.

..Charlie...............................................................can they?..............................Great country,America........................ --174.199.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 1:00 PM
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Roy, if you called me about a tenant, I'd talk to you as long as you wanted and tell you more than you needed to know.I don't care, I have the time.Besides I tell the truth,so no one can come back and sue me.you can't sue someone for being honest.

..Charlie...............................................................can they?..............................Great country,America........................ --174.199.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 1:00 PM
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Roy, if you called me about a tenant, I'd talk to you as long as you wanted and tell you more than you needed to know.I don't care, I have the time.Besides I tell the truth,so no one can come back and sue me.you can't sue someone for being honest.

..Charlie...............................................................can they?..............................Great country,America........................ --174.199.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 1:24 PM
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Charlie,

In screening my own applicants, I have called numerous current and past LL's to get the same 'inside information' this other LL was calling me to get. Like you, I am of the opinion that all professional LL's should be able to talk freely with each other and share truthful non-biased information,...isn't this what the Mr. LL forum is all about? --68.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by cjo'h [CT]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 4:49 PM
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Roy, I'd say your right. Since buying my first house in 1957 ,no one has called me about a prospective tenant,if they had I'd be glad to share.charlie.................................................... --174.199.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:42 PM
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The only calls I get for references are for my good tenants and I am happy to give them a good reference. I guess the bad tenants have tricked someone into accepting a buddy pretending to be their landlord.

About 30% of my applicants give me a false landlord on their application, so it is really common. --174.216.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 7:47 PM
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I figure if I ever get a call about a bad tenant I'd just say that I'd sure hate to say anything bad about anybody unless I had a copy of their signed permission authorizing me to give information about them.

But my tenants who leave on bad terms know I'm not going to say anything nice about them, so why would they give a potential new landlord my name and number? --174.216.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 6, 2017 10:30 PM
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"should be" "common sense" "truth" are NOT always legal.

It's a shame.

It's tough for casual LLs to learn and understand that as a housing professional we are held to the standards set by the federal govt, not common sense or golden rule.

BRAD --68.51.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Roy [AL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 1:40 AM
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Now, to turn the tables around here, have YOU ever called another LL (current or past) to verify information an applicant put on your rental application? You do have to be extra careful with those 'current LL's since you have to be able to 'read between the lines' with them. --68.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Sisco [MO]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 1:57 AM
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Thanks for the reminder Brad. --72.172.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Kyle [IN]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 7:10 AM
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I don't get many calls. When I do, I have them email (or, if they are not in the 21st century, fax) their questions and a signed release. I can only think of 2 tenants that I have had to do this for, neither had given notice and that was noted on the reference form. I believe both still got the places they were applying for.

I think I had a call once for a tenant I was evicting, but the landlord did not answer my return call. I planned to request the authorization form from them and then have an unrelated conversation about our online court records system.

If I want someone out, I will evict them. I do not lie to the next landlord to pass of my problem. --73.102.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by allin [VA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 9:23 AM
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I release information that is factual. How long? How Much? Late? Damage? Facts. I don't say pita. drunkard. druggy. or any other non provable subjective comments. This is all written up in my lease as listed below:

Tenant understands that the landlord will release information about the tenants history to other references on an as needed basis. This information includes, but is not limited to, payment history, damage to rental, timeline of rental and amount paid. --174.226.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by allin [VA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 9:23 AM
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I release information that is factual. How long? How Much? Late? Damage? Facts. I don't say pita. drunkard. druggy. or any other non provable subjective comments. This is all written up in my lease as listed below:

Tenant understands that the landlord will release information about the tenants history to other references on an as needed basis. This information includes, but is not limited to, payment history, damage to rental, timeline of rental and amount paid. --174.226.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by allin [VA]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 9:23 AM
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I release information that is factual. How long? How Much? Late? Damage? Facts. I don't say pita. drunkard. druggy. or any other non provable subjective comments. This is all written up in my lease as listed below:

Tenant understands that the landlord will release information about the tenants history to other references on an as needed basis. This information includes, but is not limited to, payment history, damage to rental, timeline of rental and amount paid. --174.226.xx.xx




When another LL calls (by Richard Balagur [NH]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 1:06 PM
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I find it surprising that so many LLs are unwilling to share information. I expect to get and give a fair evaluation of my tenants. I feel I owe a good tenant a good evaluation and likewise a bad tenant should get what he has earned. If a local LL fails to give a honest answer I will no longer provide them with references. --76.24.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 1:20 PM
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All this conversation made me realize that I need a new form.

My application is about to grow to 3 pages - the third one being the document I'll email to former/current LLs. Might as well list the questions I plan to ask. Need to update from this list!

Currently, I want to know:

What name is the current lease under?

In whose name are utilities billed, if known?

What is the current rent and approximate utilities for the current unit?

How many time has the resident paid late, in whole or part, in the last 24 months? Was a late fee paid? How much late fee?

How does the resident usually communicate maintanance issues with management?

Has the resident given proper notice? Does this notice fulfill lease terms?

Now, to decide what else I want to know.

Of course, for 90% of my tenants, there is NO previous landlord other than the university. They don't really count. I already require my student tenants to provide me a copy of their student financial aid award letter (which tells me if they an pay and if mom/dad can afford to help) and their recent grades (which tells me if they are a serious student) --131.151.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Mary [IL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 2:35 PM
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I called a former landlord once and I checked her out on Facebook. Turns out it was my potential renter's daughter. Check out all social media. --24.12.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Sherrie [FL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 2:51 PM
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I do not see anything wrong with PRIOR LANDLORD telling the "TRUTH" about a PRIOR TENANT. I feel and believe that every "LEGAL LANDLORD" should know the truth before Renting to that person. We as LANDLORD need to be prepare for the GOOD or the BAD knowing what to expect.

What are you gaining not telling the TRUTH to the hope to be LANDLORD? You aren't LOSING anything, only just ALERTING and WARNING new LANDLORDS to be aware of that person which is a GAIN for the future LANDLORD.

I agree with what was said, "Place yourself into the LANDLORD" hand, wouldn't you want your LANDLORD to tell the TRUTH on you????? Think about it..........It is so SAAAAD.......the world is full of LIARS, UNRELIABLE, Want FREE RENT and feel that LANDLORD doesn't need their money.

REPAIRS are not FREE for LANDLORDS, therefore it takes MONEY(RENT MONEY) to keep the keeps for a LIVING CONDITION(House or Apartments) for YOU and I to live in. --66.195.xxx.x




When another LL calls (by Eric L [OR]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:04 PM
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Nearly all of our tenants are great and I advocate for them when another landlord calls. I talk them up! It doesn't cost me a thing to brag about them and it helps them secure another place so it's a win-win. On the very rare occasion (I've had exactly one real trouble-maker in 19 years) that I want them gone I never lie but I don't offer anything more than the quantifiable ones. When they ask if I'd rent to them again I say "assuming they qualify in the future, yes". The law requires that anyway so it's a safe answer. --70.96.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:07 PM
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Roy and all,

Small suggestion: add a phrase to your application signature block allowing you to check all forms of data and media at any time.

When WE call we love to let them ramble. True LLs tell us waaay more than they should.

ZERO TOLERANCE on lates has made our stats cut and dry. If they are still renting from us, things are good. If they are late we filed eviction and that will show on the public records. We don't have multiple lates during a residency.

Photos: One LL called about a former res who tried to explain away a large judgment on his eviction. "They were slumlords and ripped me off." I told him he can go to the courthouse and see the file (public information) with the move out photos used as court evidence. Again, no OPINIONS, just pointing the LL to the resource for facts.

BRAD --68.51.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Sjeanne Bradfield [IL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:10 PM
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It depends on how much time I have. Mostly we rely on a good credit backround. If there's time I'll call the former landlord....If there's all sorts of delays like the tenant authorizing the probe and the person I've contacted being reluctant to divulge information, I'll just depend on the Credit Report (which they pay for) figuring that in order to keep good credit, they'll pay their bills and not cause any trouble. I also check their FB page, generally if they have one you can get an idea of them...but Credit History rules.

If there's any problems with Credit or they have no job (student) or a low paying job...We require a co-signer who has to also have their credit history checked...If the future tenant won't do this, we say goodbye....it's too hard to get a deadbeat out in Illinois.

--73.50.xxx.xx




When another LL calls (by Redd Gardner [SC]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:23 PM
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Heres my reply . I'm outta this f'n business ! Tenants are liars and the Courts dont help - 2 more properties to sell and I'm OUT ... --107.135.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Kathy [OR]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:25 PM
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I always call previous landlords for info. I require the landlord previous to the current one on my apps. THAT landlord, who no longer has to deal with them, will tell me the truth. Current landlords are often reticent if they'd like to get rid of a problem. I have the required release (it's part of my application granting permission for info release from anyone) and will send it if I must.

I've been saved by a few prior landlords and I'm always grateful. --73.11.xx.xxx




When another LL calls (by wayde [MI]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 3:38 PM
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Its my understanding there is no law requiring a landlord to answer questions about their tenant. The best way I ever herd of saying something bad about a tenant without saying it is. You asking me about my tenant. My mother told me never to say anything bad about people, so let me tell you about the tenant. Then go silent. When the caller says " so tell me about them" you keep repeating the above line. Eventually they get it. --68.41.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by J [FL]) Posted on: Dec 7, 2017 6:37 PM
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I must be the exception...I've already gotten about 4 calls from other LLs for my ex or soon to be ex-tenants and I have less experience/units than most of you...

One that was disturbing to me: I had a mediocre tenant who was going to move to house run by a PM company. The PM just gave him a paper form with questions on it to give to me to fill out, and then I gave it back to tenant to give to PM...they didn't send it directly to me. Or even call me to see if I was the one who really filled it out. That tenant could have just forged it and the PM would never have known. --72.188.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Phil [OR]) Posted on: Dec 8, 2017 5:07 AM
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We require a copy of release signed by tenant along with a written question form. Just the facts are given that are verifiable with our documents. The only exception is for a really great tenant- we go the extra mile to let a potential new landlord know that we had been very happy with them.

A poor tenant-my response is " we only do a written response to your questions -especially with this tenant" send your form by fax or email --71.63.xxx.xxx




When another LL calls (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Dec 9, 2017 8:08 AM
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"If you are asking me if today would I rent to this tenant knowing what I know my answer would be ______________, I do hope this does assist in your selection process. Have a nice day." --24.101.xxx.xxx



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