Recently, I had to go through all the steps and associated expenses to evict a tenant. Now I was surprised by an e-mail from a housing association, asking for a tenant reference as the person in question has applied to go on their register.

Apart from the fact that I have never done this before the main problem is how to write this reference? Assuming that the law sides, as per usual, with the tenant I suppose I cannot write the truth. But what am I allowed to write with such a negative history? Do I just state ABC lived at XYZ. The monhtly rent was ... - and be done with it?

Any advice will be much appreciated.

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