4 Ways to Spot Fake Landlord References

Renting out a property is a great way to use your asset and turn a profit out of it. However, it may not be smooth sailing all the time. Finding the right tenant to rent from you may sometimes be challenging. You would want a person who is easy to deal with, is fairly neat and tidy and who has a good record. This is why evaluating a tenant before having them sign a lease contract is key.

 

One good way to look into the record of a tenant is to have them provide previous landlord references. This will allow you insight as to how these people are as renters. You will be able to know if they always paid their rent on time, if they damaged any rental properties in the past, or any other pertinent information about them as tenants. However, it may sometimes be tricky to know which landlord references are legitimate and which are not. Here are a few tips to help you spot the fakes. 

 

4 Ways To Spot Fake Landlord References

 

In many cases, potential tenants give the real contact information of their previous landlords. Keep in mind that tenants will have no problem giving this information to you if they have nothing to hide. However, if you feel that the person is not being fully forthright with you, contacting their previous landlord is essential before finalizing their lease contract. 

 

1 – Call The Number On The Reference

 

Calling the number they listed as their reference should connect you to the person they claimed was their previous landlord. If another person answers the call, you know that they had written a false number.

 

2 – Analyze The Responses

 

If the potential tenant gives you the real number of their landlord, and you are able to reach them, it is wise to call up more than one. You may then make an accurate analysis on the reliability of your potential tenant based on the accounts given by their previous landlords.

 

3 – Find Them On Social Media

 

Should you encounter a roadblock of not being able to reach the landlord by their number (if the potential tenant had given you a false one), it is possible for you to look up the landlord using their name on social media. You may then be able to send them a message using their social media profile and conduct your background search there.

 

4 – Ask For Specific Info Only Landlords Would Know

 

There may be some instances where potential tenants give numbers of their friends and pass them off as numbers of past landlords. Asking for specific information that only landlords would be aware of can help you catch them in a lie. Ask for how many floors the building is, when the tenant moved in, trivial information like that should be readily available if you are talking to the real landlord.

 

Conclusion

 

Spotting fake references will save you from a tenant that may develop into a problem down the line. Keep in mind that there are really people out there who claim to have a good record when it comes to renting properties, but in reality, they ran away from paying months of rent to their previous landlords. This is why it is crucial to leave no stone unturned when it comes to conducting background checks for people who show interest in renting from you.

 

If you are looking to invest in a property to turn it into a rental, contact Quest Management Group. We are a full real estate company that specializes in all types of residential and commercial property management, including single-family investment homes, commercial office buildings, restaurant, and retail centers, boutiques, and much more. If you need tenant placement services, give us a call and we can help you with this as well!