This Previous Landlord Reference Request Letter is sent by a landlord to an applicant's
former landlord requesting information about the applicant's suitability as a tenant. The
landlord uses this letter during the application process to gain additional information in
order to select the applicant who will be the best fit. The letter requests information
regarding the applicant's rent payment history, damage to the premises, and
recommendation on whether the applicant would be a trustworthy and reliable tenant. It
can be customized to fit the particular needs of the individual. This document should be
used by landlords and property managers during the application process.
PREVIOUS LANDLORD’S REFERENCE REQUEST LETTER
Re: Request for reference for ______________________________[Insert Tenant’s Name]
I am writing to advise you that the above-named prospective tenant has made an application to
rent property from me, and has referred to you as a previous landlord. The applicant states that
since you are a former or present landlord, you might be someone to approach as a reference.
Would you please complete the following information, sign and return it to me in the stamped-
addressed envelope provided as soon as possible.
Address of prior premises rented: ______________________________________________
Length of residence: From ______________________ To _______________________
Rent payment history: (a)was always on time with the rent (b) was always late with the rent
©was sometimes late with the rent ( please check one of the three choices0
Were there problems with housekeeping or complaints from
If yes, please explain
Was there any damage done to the apartment? (a)yes (b)no
If yes, please explain
Would you recommend this person as a tenant? (1)yes (b)no
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If no, please explain
Any additional information about this tenant would be
Name of person filling out this form: ________________________Title:__________________
Phone number: __________________________
If you prefer to speak to me personally, my telephone number is ………………….
All information provided will be treated with the strictest of confidentiality. Thank you for your
assistance in this matter.
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