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Old 02-18-2011, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Just wondering if most landlords would accept just 1 rental reference (as long as it's positive).

I've been at my apt. for 6 1/2 yrs. Would they need to contact my previous landlord of 11 yrs.? He may be deceased, and I don't feel the need to contact his wife, who also managed the property and may remember me.
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Old 02-18-2011, 10:47 PM
 
Location: In a state of mind
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I would be inclined to take the current LL's word in this case. I wouldn't even remember most tenants names 6 years after they moved, much less have any records to refer to.

I actually seldom believe current landlords, we will lie through our teeth to get rid of a problem tenant. "Oh yes, John Doe, sure he's a great tenant, sorry to see him go!" (Along with his 4 illegal roommates, pit bull breeding business, and grow room.)

When possible I do a check on an applicant's current residence. When I drive up if I see cars on blocks in the front yard and the living room furniture on the porch I will keep right on driving. So there is a tip for folks who are moving. Clean up the yard and plant some flowers before you go house hunting. LOL
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Old 02-19-2011, 09:52 AM
 
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Just wondering if most landlords would accept just 1 rental reference (as long as it's positive).

I've been at my apt. for 6 1/2 yrs. Would they need to contact my previous landlord of 11 yrs.? He may be deceased, and I don't feel the need to contact his wife, who also managed the property and may remember me.
Why are you asking here? Why not ask the LL? We cannot answer for them.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Kailua Kona, HI
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I probably would not call the previous landlord. Over 6 years in one place shows to me, a pretty good tenant that a LL wanted to keep.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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To me 6.5 yrs would be enough but we do a background check for every one, no exceptions.

The one sentence makes me wonder what is going on..."who also managed the property and may remember me".....what is so bad that she might remember you?
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: NYC
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As a landlady, knowing that you've lived in the same apt for over 6yrs would be good enough for me.
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