Can our landlord refuse to give information to a prospective new landlord?

Our lease expires at the end of this month. It states in our lease that if we do not renew or give notice that it rolls into a month-to-month agreement. We have an application for another home; when the new landlord called our current landlord they refused to give them any information regarding our tenancy due to us not signing a notice to vacate. Can they do this? What can i do?

Asked on October 10, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you lease is at an end wih your current landlord, he or she is under no obligation to provide any information to your prospective new landlord about you as being good or bad tenants. However, most landlords who have a good relationship with a tenant who is moving on to another location typically give referrals to the tenants' propsective new landlord.

Given what you have written, it appears that your current landlord is being petty for his "reason" for not giving information concerning you to a possible new landlord.

I suggest that you have a face to face meeting with your current landlord to iron out any other possible issues that he or she may have with you before you move out. The last thing you want is some excuse for not returning your security deposit.


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