Rental property owners and potential tenants are in an industry that uses tenant screening protocols, background check services and credit reports. These important documents help to detect tenants who do not pay on time, tenants who may damage rental units that they occupy, and renters who do not stay the full length of their leases.

Finding a good tenant for a rental property is important, since most property owners are paying for property mortgages, taxes and insurance costs for the units and operating expenses.

Bad References from Previous Owners

There are unfortunate incidences that originate from property owners, who do not have your best interest in mind. There can be disputes about the way you kept up your unit, while you were living there. Neighbor complaints can occur, which may include loud disturbances from you and other annoyances attributed to you or your roommate.

You can correct a negative rental reference from a past landlord by providing the following evidence for your potential unit owner:

Not all complaints from a past landlord need to go unanswered by you. There are important methods you can use, to give your side of a property dispute.

A complaining or unscrupulous past landlord can be asked to fill out a standard evaluation form and sign it. A standard form for rental properties can be found with your local board of realtors association. You can attach a standard landlord evaluation form to your additional references and present this package to your next rental owner. This step can often eliminate a need to contact a complaining landlord any further.

Take pictures of each rental unit that you occupy, before you begin to live there. Make a note and take a picture of all dry wall problems and carpet stains, for example. Take a last picture of your rented unit, after you have moved out. You can show a potential property owner that you have taken good care of a unit that you have been living in.

Have your neighbors write a good reference for you. Letters from neighbors, indicating that you are quiet and tidy can be helpful with your potential landlord.

Be sure to keep your property unit neat and the lawn cut. Your curtains need to be appropriate for the neighborhood you live in and your porches need to be kept free of debris. Your vehicles need to be kept washed. Potential landlords often ride through your neighborhood to see how you are keeping up your current residence.

Keep to the Facts

Evidence that supports your side of a property controversy can go far to indicate that your side of a dispute is true. Landlords may be seeing only their issues when they send in a negative reference about you. There are some landlord practices that are blatantly negative, in order to meet an undetermined agenda. This type of landlord may be entering your rental unit unannounced or not returning a security deposit, for example. You may need to list other problems that you have had with a property owner in order to prove your side of a dispute.

Be sure to keep all cancelled checks and receipts that will show the way you have been paying your rent. Your initial lease agreement is an important document to keep. This lease agreement should indicate when your rent is due, should delineate any property repairs that are your responsibility, and should list out dry wall defects or other property problems at the beginning of your contract agreement. Your potential landlord can compare your previous rental contract with any landlord complaints. A quick comparison can help your new landlord to decide.