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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

You can always give an honest reference. "I confirm the tenant Madam Abc rented my property at Abc Street between x.y.zz and a.b.cc. She was a responsible person, she always paid rent on time and ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

I'm going to disagree with the previous answers and suggest you not treat the damage as water under the bridge, as it can signify values problems that may lead to damage not covered by the deposit in ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

You must amortize damage to the carpet What is the normal interval of replacement for that quality of carpet, given normal wear and tear for normal tenants? How old was the carpet when the tenant ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

"I had to pay to have the carpet entirely replaced" is not quite accurate. You charged your tenant (by withholding money from her deposit) to have the carpet replaced. The difference is that ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

I will answer the way I did in a similar situation where I fired an employee for horrible performance that asked me for a reference. "I'd be happy to provide a reference, but I am going to be ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

Generally when providing reference it would be best to refrain from matters of opinion. Did the tenant pay as agreed and on time and covered all the damage caused? That's all you can answer without ...
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As a landlord, should I refuse a rental reference for a tenant who damaged the unit? (Fixing the damage was covered by the deposit.)

If the damage done is covered by the deposit, then I wouldn't give the tenant a bad reference, that's the point of the deposit. Even if it wasn't covered by the deposit, if they willingly covered the ...
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