reference questions (by Kim [TN]) Jan 12, 2018 8:01 AM|
reference questions (by Richard [MI]) Jan 12, 2018 8:14 AM
reference questions (by Amy [MO]) Jan 12, 2018 8:22 AM
reference questions (by S i d [MO]) Jan 12, 2018 8:30 AM
reference questions (by Kim [TN]) Jan 12, 2018 10:32 AM
reference questions (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 12, 2018 11:05 AM
reference questions (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 12, 2018 11:08 AM
reference questions (by Lynn [MA]) Jan 12, 2018 11:12 AM
reference questions (by Vee [OH]) Jan 12, 2018 12:22 PM
reference questions (by S i d [MO]) Jan 12, 2018 1:20 PM
reference questions (by Nicole [PA]) Jan 12, 2018 2:01 PM
reference questions (by Amy [MO]) Jan 12, 2018 2:44 PM
reference questions (by Carolyn [MO]) Jan 12, 2018 4:55 PM
reference questions (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 12, 2018 10:17 PM
reference questions (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 13, 2018 4:54 PM
reference questions (by Kim [TN]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 8:01 AM
It's been 10 years since I interviewed an applicant's personal references. What would I specifically ask them about the applicant? --108.68.xxx.xxx
reference questions (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 8:14 AM
How about " if for some reason the tenant could not pay their rent, would you be willing to loan them the money until they could repay you? " --23.121.xx.xxx
reference questions (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 8:22 AM
5 reasons I should rent to this person.
Verify how they know the person. --136.32.xxx.xxx
reference questions (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 8:30 AM
I wouldn't waste time with personal references. They are most likely to tell you only good stuff (made up or true) and none of the bad. Really, would you give out a reference that would say anything bad? Stick with professional references: land lords and employers.
But if you insist on using a personal reference, at least ask them Richard's question...followed up with, "What address can I use to send you their co-signer form?" If they refuse to co-sign (after saying they'd loan them money), you know they are lying and the tenant is a dud. --173.19.xx.xxx
reference questions (by Kim [TN]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 10:32 AM
Thanks for the information. Makes sense. --108.68.xxx.xxx
reference questions (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:05 AM
I don't call the personal references. Those are for hunting down tenants that leave without leaving a forwarding address, or for emergencies... although my application also asks for an emergency contact.
However, more than once the applicant will put down their personal friends and them use them again for landlord or job references. That affects how I check their references, because at that point, there is a good chance the applicant is lying about something. --174.216.x.xxx
reference questions (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:08 AM
If you are going to call their personal references, ask if it true that the applicant only smokes outside and if the pet is well behaved and safe around strangers.
If the applicant has declared a dog, you ask if the dog is nice natured and what breed it is. --174.216.x.xxx
reference questions (by Lynn [MA]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 11:12 AM
What recourse do you have against someone who give a good reference and the tenant sucks?
Most will not give bad references. --38.142.xxx.xxx
reference questions (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 12:22 PM
I want their address, lookup to see if owner so you can have court attach the property to repay damages. --76.188.xxx.xx
reference questions (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 1:20 PM
Lynn, you have no recourse, which is why the LL should verify the credibility of the reference. For example, a CURRENT land lord might lie and say a bad resident is good (because they want to get rid of them) or that a good resident is bad (because they want to keep them). So you should discount anything they say that's good and only believe the bad stuff IF it fits with other negatives (i.e. they have poor credit? I'll believe the current LL saying the resident often fails to pay on time.).
You want the PAST land lord's references. They have no incentive to lie to you. If they ask you where the SOB is so they can get their past due rent and damages...well, there's your references. If they speak glowingly, then odds are it's the truth. Just be sure they are a legit LL and not Aunt Sally posing as a land lord. Cross check the LL's name with your assessor's office to verify ownership, and also ask "leading" questions like, "How much was the rent? When did they rent from you?" A legit LL will know those answers. A fake one will scramble or give answers that don't match what is on the application, unless the applicant coached them very thoroughly. Another strategy: call and say you're looking for a place to rent first...a legit LL will say, "We're full" or "Here are our vacancies." Aunt Sally will tell you that you have the wrong number. --173.19.xx.xxx
reference questions (by Nicole [PA]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 2:01 PM
I think asking a personal reference if they would pay the rent isn't the intent. If someone asks me about my neighbor's young adult son, I can tell them he is respectful, hard working, etc. Doesn't mean I am going to pay his bills. --72.95.xx.xxx
reference questions (by Amy [MO]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 2:44 PM
At this point, I think most of us can sniff out a liar or two.
What I'm listening for when I ask for 5 reasons are the uuuums and uhhhhs that goes with creating lies on the spot.
I've also heard stories that were some of the funniest and dumbest altogether.
"Oh, when I needed a place to live, he was there for me."(you might be giving them a place to live soon, too)
"He bailed me out of jail."(way to pick people you'd use as a reference)
"A few months ago when he wasn't working, he still gave me rides."(when he said he had solid work history)
There's a great friend, but maybe not the best renter.
I've had moms who said not to rent to their kids because they were having trouble with drugs, violence, the law, etc. One mom in tears(grandma)even asked me if I knew a place that could help her with her grandkids.
So, I think checking out references does work.
Also, checking the prospective tenants information such as their address and phone with the reference person can help as well as the info of the reference.
reference questions (by Carolyn [MO]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 4:55 PM
How is it that you know each other? How long have you known each other.
If I have a suspicion that the reference might be a relative, I ask how the person is related to the applicant?
I do that very near the beginning so the reference doesn't realize why I care about this answer. I have had a reference that was supposed to be an employer or landlord give away the applicant is his nephew, etc.
Of courses on rare occasion a relative is a legitimate employer or landlord or is a genuine reference, but then the reference usually mentions that in the application process.
reference questions (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 10:17 PM
Don't waste your time. You want to screen on hard facts like payment history, job longevity, and a 2 Minute In Home Visit.
reference questions (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 13, 2018 4:54 PM
Call the PREVIOUS LL to get the truth....and ask just one question - would you rent to them again? --24.101.xxx.xxx