The tenant was taken in after asking the owner for a reference

An Australian comedian has revealed his rental application was canceled after a terse back-and-forth with his estate agent.

An Australian comedian has revealed his rental application was canceled after a terse back-and-forth with his estate agent.

Tom Cashman said he asked his agent to contact the landlord of his potential rental to provide a reference of recent tenants.

He said it was only fair, as he was asked to provide several rental references before getting his application approved.

“I wanted to know if the landlord was good with his tenants,” Cashman told his Instagram followers. The response was a bit more intense than I expected.

“They didn’t respond for four days, so I followed. She then replied “I don’t understand the question, please clarify.”

“She said unfortunately the landlord will not provide a reference as he is not in contact with the previous tenant.”

Cashman said he told the agent he was surprised the real estate didn’t register a single email address from a former tenant.

He was then informed that the landlord would not proceed with his request and immediately received a separate email informing him that his request to rent the apartment had been withdrawn.

“The owner does not want to connect previous tenants and it is not an obligation. All the best with your property search,” the agent replied.

He responded with an email saying he understood that was not a requirement and asked for an answer as to why he was kicked off the property.

“I’m sorry if that was an unreasonable request,” he said.

She then claimed that the landlord was seeking a longer-term lease application.

“It wasn’t a requirement until I was approved,” Cashman said.

He admitted his swap had definitely “pissed off Stephanie”, but called on prospective tenants to ask for landlord references to standardize the practice.

“In conclusion, I think asking for a reference is a good idea. However, if they can’t find anyone, I would advise them to rub their noses because they will immediately reject your application,” he said.

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