Tom Cashman who asked for an owner’s reference sees his request rejected again
A potential tenant who was at the center of a ‘landlord referral’ saga has revealed he was turned away for a second rental application.
Tom Cashman, a comedian from Sydney, has made headlines around the world after he was caught up in an ‘intense’ email exchange with an estate agent known as ‘Stephanie’ when he asked for a landlord reference .
Two weeks ago Tom was approved for a flat in Sydney’s tough and very hot rental market.
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But his request was revoked soon after, when he cheekily asked the agent for a reference from previous tenants – so he could assess what the landlord was like.
What started out as an innocent joke has now backfired, in a second hire request by Tom.
His latest offer for a two-bedroom apartment was initially approved but then – without warning – he was told it was “unsuccessful”.
Time is running out now for the potential tenant – Tom is in desperate need of a new place as his current tenancy is due to end this weekend.
“I must be trolled at this point,” Tom said in his new TikTok video.
“I mean, it reminds me a lot of the first situation where I was approved and then I was rejected.
“Were they trying to replicate that, to get to me, in some kind of solidarity with other owners?”
Tom said he never asked for his cheeky “owner’s reference” from the current agent because he badly needed approval for the house.
“It was very funny a few weeks ago, not so funny now that I desperately need a place,” he said on the TikTok video.
“I must be trolled” – Tom Cashman
tom said 7Lifestyle: “I have a few apartments that I’m trying to get at the last minute, I hope one of them will come to fruition.”
“Worst-case scenario, I’m staying with my girlfriend for a bit – it’ll be fine.”
In his latest video, Tom said he applied for a new property on Monday because he actually needed to move.
But he ended up in “another owner reference saga”.
“I thought I was done with it. I thought it affected my life, but it’s back,” he said.
“A few weeks ago, I had room to move, I had time to look for a place.
“So I was asking for referrals and stuff because I didn’t need a place right away, but now I do.
“My lease is currently ending this weekend. I need a place.
Earlier this week he inspected a two-bedroom apartment with a friend he plans to move in with.
“It looked good,” Tom said.
“We submitted an application, we offered $100 more than the asking price because, like I said, I’m in a hurry now.”
After submitting the application, a real estate agent asked for his bank statement.
“I said ‘sure’ so I emailed him my bank statement,” Tom said.
“He says: ‘[I’m] send the applications to the owner, any requests before I send it? »
Confused, Tom replied, “Sounds good, thanks! None that I can think of.
The agent then replied: “Thank you, will you ask me for an owner reference?”
“At this point, I’m like goddamn he heard about the landlord reference,” Tom said.
“But then it occurred to me that if anyone had heard of it, it would be a real estate agent.
“Maybe it’s not bad news. So I played along.”
Responding to the agent, Tom wrote: “Hahahahaha no! It hasn’t worked well for me in the past.
“I Played the Game” – Tom Cashman
“Of course, if the owner has one lying around, I wouldn’t mind taking a look.”
The agent then said, “Ahaha no worries. I could always ask.
“To be clear, are you legitimately interested in securing this property?”
Tom then replied, “A good question! And yes, I had time to search a few weeks ago, now I need a place by this weekend. So very interested.
The agent then told him that his request “should be approved shortly”.
“So I thought that was good news, I thought this type of real estate agent likes me,” Tom said.
“He likes me to be the ‘owner’s reference type,’ so maybe that could work.”
The next morning he received an email from the agent congratulating him on the property approval.
“So I called the realtor, we were talking about potential move-in times,” Tom said.
“I thought everything was settled.”
“I’m really sorry for this result” – real estate agent
But a few hours later he received another email from the agent saying “failure”.
“Hello Thomas, strange turn of events, the owner has decided not to pursue your application,” the email read.
“I asked why and they said ‘we would like to continue our search’.
“I did my best to convince them but their decision is final.
“I’m really sorry for this result.”
A defeated Tom ended the video with, “I’m fine, I’m gonna stay with someone but god damn it.”
Her predicament comes just weeks after her original rental application was revoked after she asked the estate agent to provide a ‘landlord reference’ from a previous tenant.
After providing his three references from previous owners, Tom thought it was fair to “ask for something I’ve never asked before”.
In his first email he asked Stephanie if the owner could provide an owner reference.
Tom wanted to get an idea of his potential new owner’s responsiveness to any issues with the property.
“It occurs to me that I’ve never heard anyone ask this, but they asked me for three references to see if I’m a good guy,” Tom said in a TikTok video.
“What about them? Are you a good guy? Are you going to fix stuff? Are you going to answer my emails?
“Or are you just going to ignore me once I’m in there?”
Four days later, Tom sent a follow-up email to the real estate agent after never receiving a response.
“The response was a little more intense than I expected,” he explained in his follow-up video.
“Basically, I applied to rent an apartment.
“I was approved, so I asked the realtor to provide a landlord reference from previous tenants to see what the landlord was like.
“They didn’t answer.”
“The response has been intense” – Tom Cashman
Stephanie eventually responded by asking Tom to “clarify” her question as she didn’t understand what he wanted.
“So I clarified. I said, ‘No worries, I was asking if the landlord would provide a reference, written by a previous tenant, recommending him as the landlord,’ he said of his reply by e-mail.
His email continued: “I’ve found this to be an effective way to find out if a landlord is good with their tenants (and it seems appropriate, as I’ve already provided some references about them). Let me know.”
Stephanie responded by saying: ‘Unfortunately the landlord will not be providing a reference as he is not in contact with the previous tenant.
Tom explained: “So I replied, that’s where I get a little cheeky. I’m like, ‘It’s okay, that’s a shame. I assumed the landlord or the property would have the addresses e-mail from previous tenants?
“So just to confirm, the landlord doesn’t have any previous tenants he could get in touch with to write a positive reference for them?”
Stéphanie replied bluntly: “The owner does not wish to contact previous tenants and it is not an obligation. All the best with your property search.”
Within a minute of receiving his email, Tom received a notification confirming that his rental request had been withdrawn.