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 Post subject: Advice on landlord reference needed
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:51 am 
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I'm going to move in with my partner soon (which as well as being excited about, I'm also nervous about in case living together wrecks our relationship). He currently rents a two-bedroom flat; he will stay there and his flatmate will be move out, so I will replace this guy on the lease. My partner spoke to his letting agent about it and was given a form to pass on to me. As well as proof of my income and a character reference, they say "You must provide us with a written reference on headed paper from your current landlord/letting agent. Failure to provide will result in your tenancy being declined."

I'm planning to move out of the flat I'm currently renting on my own on the 15th of October (I have to leave on the 15th of a month), though we'd be ok with leaving it a month or so later if necessary. I have to give two months notice if I'm going to end the tenancy, so was going to tell them by the 14th of August. I would prefer to have a guaranteed place to move to before saying I'll move out.

But the new letting agent wants a reference from the current letting agent. Obviously in asking for one they'll know I want to move, but I don't want to set a particular date in case there are any problems / delays with moving in to the new place. And I don't want to annoy the current letting agent so they give me a bad reference!

How should I bring this up with my current landlord?
I suppose explain that I plan to move out soon, assure them that I'll give the two months notice, and ask for the reference? And say something about how I have enjoyed living here?

P.S. I'm also worried that they'll finally schedule the maintainence inspection which is supposed to take place regularly, and which I have reminded them about but they ignored my emails. I'd want to deep clean the flat before that, so they have no reason to give me a bad refrerence, but I won't have time over the next few days. So I probably won't ask them about this 'til Thursday.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on landlord reference needed
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:16 pm 
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You are probably over thinking this problem. People move. Landlords know that. You can tell them you will give 2 months notice, you've enjoyed living there. Don't worry too much about it. Since you are busy this week, wait a few days, then just be positive and honest. They won't resent your moving, it's part of their business for people to come and go.


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on landlord reference needed
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:20 pm 
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Evie wrote:
You are probably over thinking this problem. People move. Landlords know that. You can tell them you will give 2 months notice, you've enjoyed living there. Don't worry too much about it. Since you are busy this week, wait a few days, then just be positive and honest. They won't resent your moving, it's part of their business for people to come and go.


This. I moved around a lot between flats in Edinburgh and no-one was bothered. In fact, it can sometimes give the landlord an opportunity to up the rent for the next tenant!


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 Post subject: Re: Advice on landlord reference needed
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:32 pm 
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Thanks, Evie and Wallace. I wondered if I was over thinking it, but I don't want to mess this up.

Weirdly this will be the seventh place I've rented in Edinburgh, but as far as I can remember this is the first place which has asked for references (though if I was a landlord I'd ask for them!). I bet they will raise the rent; they already have a couple of times while I've been living here.

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 Post subject: Re: Advice on landlord reference needed
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 1:52 pm 
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I don't know if it's different in Scotland but here landlord references are completely standard and I've never heard of them including more information than yes they lived here, yes rent was paid, no they weren't evicted, no the apartment wasn't completely destroyed (assuming those things are true.)

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