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January 12th, 2012
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Is that how big it is?

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Date:January 12th, 2012 09:09 am (UTC)
That four referees thing sounds like someone who's been burned before. No matter how crappy your house is, if someone makes it worse or runs off owing you thousands, you're gonna be more careful in the future.

This from someone whose tenant ran off owing thousands after having a couple of good references.
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Date:January 12th, 2012 08:05 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you got burned.

I'm a good tenant. The rent gets paid on time, everytime. I'm clean, if not tidy. I haven't damaged anything, and I've reported maintainence issues in good time to get them fixed
before further damage is done.

I can come up with two good references, being people who know me well enough to vouch for me, and have "standing in the community". I can find two more who are willing to stretch the definition of standing in the community.

I could also probably come up with a handful of people who would lie through their teeth for me, although I don't tend to keep habitual liars in my life.
References, beyond that of my landlord, are pretty meaningless.

So, more of a thing that didn't work previously is going to work better?
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Date:January 13th, 2012 08:07 am (UTC)
They probably think so, given that they're people.

Don't get me wrong, I completely understand the frustration with arbitrary and seemingly pointless hoop-jumping requirements - but having been on both sides of this equation I also understand why people tend to do this sort of thing.

What do you think would be a good way for landlords to reassure themselves that you will be a good tenant?
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Date:January 13th, 2012 11:35 am (UTC)
For me personally? Talking to my current landlord about how I've used this place, and possibly my manager to verify my employment status and reliability should be plenty, and I'm fine with that. I'm also fine with a credit check.

For people without that rental history? Then go for the personal references and I'd suggest possibly an interview, along with the credit check.

Whatever a landlord does though, investments are risky, and one of the risks of investing in residential property is dodgy tenants.
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