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Sample Landlord Referral Letter

The Acme Apartment Management Company

123 Acme Avenue, Bronx, NY 10037

January 1, 2011

To Whom it May Concern,

The Acme Apartment Management Co. has managed the building at 789 West 86th Street for the past 10 years. During that time, John Smith has occupied apartment 4D. Mr. Smith has always been a tenant in good standing. He always pays his rent on time and he has never been the subject of any noise or other complaints.

Mr. Smith’s dog has always been well behaved and quiet.

It is unfortunate that we will be losing John Smith as a tenant.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 212-555-1212.

Thank you,

Edward Scissorhand,

Accounts Manager

The essence of good letters of recommendation

Get a good letter of recommendation from your previous landlord. Your previous two landlords if possible.

These letters should mention that you’ve always conducted yourself in a proper manner and that you’ve always paid your rent on time.

If you have pets, ask the landlord to include a sentence or two that your pet is well behaved and has never been a nuisance to the building, the neighbors, or the property.

Of course, you want your former landlord to mention that you’ve never had any noise complaints, warnings from the management, and that you’ve kept the apartment clean.