Tenant reference letter template

Written by Anthony Michael

Updated June 17, 2024 | Published October 17, 2022

In this article, you’ll find a downloadable tenant reference letter template. You’ll also learn how to write a tenant reference letter, why such a letter is necessary, how to recommend someone as a tenant, and what to include in the letter.

Whether you’re a new landlord or an experienced one, you will at some point receive a request from a prior tenant for a reference letter for a potential landlord. With the knowledge gained from this page, you’ll be able to write a perfect reference letter (or at least, fill in the template perfectly).

Downloadable tenant reference letter

Feel free to use this downloadable tenant reference letter template. Please note that the content of this document is for informational purposes only and has no legal value.

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How do I provide a tenant reference?

The tenant’s potential landlord may contact you by telephone or by email to ask you a few questions about the tenant’s rental history with you. Or the tenant may ask you to write a reference letter addressed to their potential new landlord.

Why is a tenant reference letter needed?

A tenant may ask you to write a letter of reference for a potential landlord. The letter helps the tenant show that they are responsible, quiet, and that they pay their rent on time. It also confirms the period of their lease with you.

What should I include in the letter?

The letter should include the tenant’s name, your rental property address, and the date range that they lived in your rental property.

In addition to this basic information, you should indicate things like:

  • If the tenant paid the rent on time
  • If they kept the unit clean and tidy
  • Whether they ever violated any of the lease terms
  • If they had pets and if so, whether the pets were a problem
  • If the tenant smoked

Remember to only include relevant, factual information and avoid stating opinions or feelings. For example, if the tenant was late paying the rent, you can certainly mention it, but don’t call them a deadbeat.

Commonly asked questions

Am I obligated to write a tenant reference letter?

No. But in most cases, a landlord will happily provide a reference, especially if the tenant was reliable and paid their rent on time.

However, if you have had a negative experience with the tenant, you are well within your rights to not provide a reference.

If my tenant had a dispute with a neighbour, should I mention it in the letter?

Not always. It all depends on the context.

If the dispute was an isolated incident, was resolved, and did not otherwise affect their tenancy (they continued to pay the rent on time, they kept the unit clean and tidy, etc.), it may not be relevant to mention it in the letter.

However, if the tenant received several legitimate complaints from neighbours (perhaps they liked to hold loud parties or their dog wouldn’t stop barking), it would certainly be worth mentioning.

Do I have to indicate the rental amount?

While some landlords indicate the amount of the monthly rent in the letter, it is not mandatory to do so. However, if the tenant always met their monthly obligations, this information could only serve to reinforce the reliability of the tenant in the eyes of a potential landlord.

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