Renting: Why do I need a reference?

Renting: Why do I need a reference?

QuestionIt”s the norm nowadays for a landlord to request a reference before you move in. A landlord can and most likely will ask for two references: a work reference and a reference from a previous landlord. Both these references will help landlords answer a few questions such as;

  • Your ability to pay rent on time
  • Your ability to keep up with and pay utility bills
  • Type of personality
  • Housekeeping … practices

The references can also help inform the landlord of any problems or complaints that you might have had with previous landlords. Not only that but the landlord will also seek a work reference to not only further learn about your personality but also to be aware of your job type, salary and employment status i.e. permanent / part time etc.

All these items will help the landlord decided whether you are / would be a suitable tenant and the right tenant for their property.

There are 4 comments for this article
  1. Niamh at 3:18 pm

    i have never rented before and was wondering would i still be able to rent without landlord references?

    i am in full time work so payment of rent is not an issue.

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  3. Tom at 12:20 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    I just moved flat as well and had to hand in a reference, it doesnt really have to day much, mine just said that I was in a permanent position for the past 2 years, always on time and trustworthy.

    My new landlord seemed happy enough and I got to save over €200 per month and got a nicer place.

    Hope this helps

  4. Barbara at 8:06 pm

    Could you give an example of a reference?

    I need to give one to my new landlord but my boss asked me what I want him to say, I am not sure what should be in the letter.


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