An integral part of the tenant selection process is obtaining references from a prospective tenant’s previous landlord(s). A landlord/property manager should create a checklist with the most important questions to ask, ensuring that these do not invade the tenant or referees privacy.
Some key questions to ask the referee include:
- What was the address of the tenant’s previous rental?
- How many residents lived at the property?
- How long did the tenant live in the property?
- How much rent did the tenant pay?
You can view more key questions here. Although these questions will assist with selecting a suitable tenant for your rental property, obtaining references from previous landlords is only one part of the tenant selection process. Employment references and thorough credit checks should also be obtained.