8 Tips for a great rental application.

Finding a rental property can be a stressful time. Here are eight things to consider when applying for a rental property.

  1. Make sure you have all the correct documentation

Before scheduling inspection times, be sure to have all of your documentation organised. In most instances you’ll need references, the completed application form, pet references if applicable, pay slips and/or proof of employment, photo ID and a cover letter always helps.

Have all of the documents saved/printed ready to add to an application after an inspection.

  1. Make your application as uncomplicated as possible

Only submit the necessary documents. It’s fine to have any additional documents you think you might need on hand, but only submit what the agent asks for.

  1. Save time & apply online

We barely use snail mail for anything anymore, so why should rental applications be any different? Forget printing, scanning, photocopying, stamping and walking to the post-box.

Sending your applications online means you can manage them on the go from any device and you can send it when you please.

  1. Get your housemates into gear

Your housemates don’t have to attend the property inspection (although this is preferable) but you need to get their full and completed application and references. If you have a complete set of documentation for all members of the household you’ve got a better chance of being on the top of the pile.

Apply online straight after the inspection if you are happy to proceed. You’ll be sure your information won’t get lost or cast aside.

  1. Present Well

You don’t have to wear a suit but it’s important to look presentable. It shows you’re keen to secure the property and that you’re taking the application process seriously.

  1. Be on time

This is a general courtesy rule but one that is applicable to all professions. A property manager’s day can be jammed full of appointments and are only at open inspections for the allocated time advertised.

If you’re ready and waiting when they arrive they might remember when the time comes to choose a tenant.

  1. Being pleasant and reasonable to the agent is important

Being pleasant rather than pushy can put you in the good graces of the agent.

  1. Follow up

If you’ve submitted an application and you haven’t heard anything 48 hours later, do send a follow up to the agent.

Let them know you’re very interested in the property and that you’re happy to provide any additional information or references they might need.

They may well be trying to decide between your application and another candidate and if they receive a pleasant message from you, it might just put you at the top of their list.