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Tenancy reference letter

by Chris Lang on July 17, 2010

Filling a form If you could look at the world through the eyes of a rental property manager, this is what you’d see: not all tenants are born equal. There are bad tenants, and there are good tenants.

But how do you show them that you’re a good tenant? Do you walk with a neon sign above your head “Best tenant over here, pick me!”?

No. You prove it, and that way convince the property manager you are the person they are looking for, the best of the whole pack.

And here is your proof – a tenancy reference letter. If you have rented before, get in touch with your previous property manager / estate agent / landlord and get them to sign this letter (remember to fill in the blanks). Whether you were living in Australia all your life or have moved here from overseas, this letter is a must-have.

Tenancy reference letter

To whom it may concern,

This is a reference letter for ______________. He / she was a tenant in ___________ which I own / manage. During the period of his tenancy ( X months) I found him / her and his / her family to be very reliable tenants.

______ always paid the rent on time, the rental property was kept in order, maintenance reports were submitted in a timely manner and no complaints were lodged against him / her by other residents.

When __________ moved out, he / she left the rental property in a very good condition, clean and tidy, and his / her bond / deposit was fully refunded.

I would feel confident recommending ____________ as prospective tenant.

Sincerely,

Name

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darren white March 23, 2012 at 4:56 am

hello my friend has asked me to give her a character reference letter for herself to pass on to her prospective new landlord i have known the girl for several years as she was my apprentice offshore. what should i write and how should i lay the letter out
thanks in advance
darren white

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Chris March 24, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hi Darren,

I suppose you could write something like this:

To whom it may concern,

This is a reference letter for ______________. He / she was my apprentice in ______________. During the period we worked together (enter dates) I found him / her very responsible / trustworthy / etc (continue explaining about his/her character).

I would feel confident recommending ____________ as your prospective tenant.

Sincerely,
Name

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