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Unread 01-02-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Angry bad reference from landlord

After several years of renting we informed our landlord we would be moving at lease end.
We wanted a place that had a few things that her house did not have. She promised to put in the things we wanted if we renewed our lease and put up storm doors. we signed, bought and installed 2 storm doors as agreed but she did not keep her end of the deal. We stopped paying the rent until she did what she said she would do. All these conversations are verbal. This lady who wanted us as renters so bad that she held this house for us years ago until our lease was up where we were renting at that time took us to court. We thought we had a good case because she did not keep her end of the deal but the judge ruled in her favor. Next she sent us an eviction notice. We moved but found out that she was giving us a bad referernce. The last place we applied let us know that they did not know anyone who would rent to us based on the reference she was giving.

Is there anything we can do about this? Any info would be helpful.

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tenet
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Unread 01-02-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Not sure there's much you can do since you've been to court and the ruling was in favor of the landlord. Try and find a place that doesn't request past landlord references, I guess. I'm sure you've learned your lesson--get everything in writing.
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Unread 01-02-2011, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I am sure you have learned - NEVER stop paying the rent. I would imagine that you are obligated to pay your rent regardless of any other agreements (whether or not they are fulfilled).
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Unread 01-03-2011, 08:24 PM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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After several years of renting we informed our landlord we would be moving at lease end.
We wanted a place that had a few things that her house did not have. She promised to put in the things we wanted if we renewed our lease and put up storm doors. we signed, bought and installed 2 storm doors as agreed but she did not keep her end of the deal. We stopped paying the rent until she did what she said she would do. All these conversations are verbal. This lady who wanted us as renters so bad that she held this house for us years ago until our lease was up where we were renting at that time took us to court. We thought we had a good case because she did not keep her end of the deal but the judge ruled in her favor. Next she sent us an eviction notice. We moved but found out that she was giving us a bad referernce. The last place we applied let us know that they did not know anyone who would rent to us based on the reference she was giving.

Is there anything we can do about this? Any info would be helpful.

Thanks
tenet
There isn't really anything you can do about her giving you a bad reference as a tenant, particularly when you've told us she obtained a judgment against you in court for breaching the lease.

If she is saying false things about you, however, it could rise to the level of defamation which could entitle you to sue her for damages in a civil suit. For example, let's say she has told prospective landlords that you were dealing drugs out of your apartment when that wasn't true. You probably have grounds to sue her for defamation. These are always tough cases to win, so in the end, it's probably just best to move on. If she is simply telling people you breached the lease you had with her for non-payment of rent, it would not be actionable because it is true.
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Unread 01-05-2011, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Volker, Kansas City, MO
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From what you siad, it appears your previous landlord is well within her rights to give you a negative reference given that she has a judgment against you.

I would work to gather as many other positive previous landlord references as you can (not sure how many places you've lived before this one) as well as personal references from your bosses, professors, colleagues etc. You're going to have to convince a landlord that you're not the renter you appear to be.

You'll also probably be better off with smaller mom and pop landlords who have looser restrictions than a a larger management company.

I'd bet money that our current landlord didn't call any of our references. He just wanted to make sure our security deposit check cleared and then he was happy to hand over the keys.
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Unread 01-06-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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thanks for the info

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