Renter has flat application cancelled after asking landlord for references from recent tenants
We're hoping this catches on quick
Comedian Tom Cashman shared an initial video explaining how he'd been looking at a variety of properties when his application for one particular place was accepted.
Not entirely sold on it as his first choice, Cashman took the very sensible - albeit uncommon - decision to ask the letting agent for a landlord reference from a previous tenant:
@tom.cashman Everyone start asking for Landlord References #renting #landlords #sydney #australia #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #fy ♬ original sound - cashman.tom
Having gone back and forth prior to this email, what followed was a short period of silence.
While the idea is great if you want to find a reliable and trustworthy landlord, is it is not required nor typical when securing most housing arrangements.
After commenters on his page echoed his sentiment that referencing should become a two-way street, they began asking for an update, at which point Cashman informed them there had been quite a drastic turn in circumstances:
@tom.cashman Reply to @focusforte Landlord Reference request update #renting #sydney #rentalproperty #realestateagent #fy #fyp #foryou ♬ original sound - cashman.tom
That's right, the funny man's simple request went down like a lead balloon. For simply wanting to vet the person he'd be renting from - someone who already has lots of legally required assurances from their prospective tenant - his previously approved application was terminated.
Fortunately, Cashman had a fair few other places on his list anyway, so the search wasn't completely ruined - that being said, the exchange does point out a very reasonable request that should be more common for renters.
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