What to ask an applicant's landlord
February 13, 2012 6:57 AM Subscribe
What should I ask my potential sublessee's current landlord? I've never been a sublessor (or landlord or even gotten random craigslist roommates) before and could use a little guidance.
posted by juliapangolin to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
The situation is not complex. We're trying to sublet our apartment and have some people who are interested. To me, their income is sort of borderline for affording our place (rent is $900. They're bringing in 2000-2500/month after taxes between the two of them.) I want to rent to them, because we really need to find someone ASAP, but I want to make sure I'm not being stupid about this, so I think I should check out their references and call their current landlord. Since I have never done such a thing before. I'd like to get some input on what exactly I should be asking about. Is it simply a matter of saying something like this?
"Hi Mr. C. My name is juliapangolin and 2 of your current tenants, A and B, have applied to sublet my apartment. Do they pay their rent? Great. Have they burned the place down? No? Thanks so much for your time!"
Or is there something more I need to say to get the information I need?