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03rd Feb 2022

Renter has flat application cancelled after asking landlord for references from recent tenants

Danny Jones

Landlord reference

We’re hoping this catches on quick

A man in Australia who was looking to rent out a new apartment in Sydney has gone viral on TikTok after his application was withdrawn when he asked for a landlord reference.

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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