TIP OF THE MONTH - August 2015
Source: Landlording-Ninth Edition-Leigh Robinson
We landlords are
in the same quandary as employers when we’re called upon to give
recommendations. On the one hand, we want to get honest
recommendations from somebody else when we are checking on an applicant
and trying to decide whether to initiate a relationship; on the other
hand, we are reluctant to give honest recommendations ourselves because
we are afraid that we might be sued for saying the wrong thing.
You can’t go wrong by verifying a tenant’s dates
of occupancy, his address, his rent, his payment history and the
circumstances of his/her departure when called upon to do so. That is
not a recommendation - that is information which another landlord may
draw his/her own conclusions from in determining whether to rent to
your tenant. That is information and so long as it is accurate, it
would be difficult, if not impossible, to refute in a court of law.
Go ahead and supply a fellow landlord with
information which you can prove, information which you would like to
receive if you were checking out an applicant. Do not say things
about a tenant that you cannot or are unable to prove.
This web page was updated on 07/29/2015.