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How Can I Make My Rental Application Stand Out?

January 24, 2021

In today’s competitive rental market, standing out from the crowd could be the key to securing your ideal rental property.

When you’re searching for the perfect rental property, the hunt for a place that ticks all the boxes is difficult enough. The last thing you want once you have found the right rental is to lose out to another applicant. We’ve compiled a handy list of our top tips to ensure that your rental application stands out from the crowd.

Get organised before you start searching.

Organising your paperwork in advance will make it easy to submit a full application quickly and state your interest as soon as the right property pops up on the market. An essential first step is to check your credit rating. If there are any errors on your report, give yourself time to correct these issues before you begin your search. At the same time, you can start gathering the paperwork that you will need for your application. Be prepared to show bank statements, pay stubs, tax receipts, and some form of valid identification. Gather the funds for your deposit so that you have these available when you need them.

Provide verifiable references.

The different between a great reference and one that is just “ok” is often a fair warning. Call your references at least a week before you think the landlord will contact them, giving them time to prepare a response and sing your praises. Keep a couple of backups in mind in case one of your top choices is not comfortable with this duty.

Submit a resume with your application.

Another way to make your application stand out is by including a resume. This shows that you’re willing to go the extra mile to provide information, and with the professional information included your application may be processed more quickly. Include information such as your education, your current job, your work history, a list of hobbies, and the past 2 or 3 addresses you resided at along with contact information.

Address problems and offer solutions.

If you anticipate that there may be problems with your application, don’t just sit back and hope that the landlord doesn’t notice. Be proactive and attach a note explaining these circumstances, whether it’s a glitch on your credit record or a recent gap in employment. If you don’t feel your finances will measure up to the minimum requirements, offer to pay a larger deposit or have a co-signer on the lease. This shows that you are willing to fix problems and take responsibility.

Treat the inspection as an interview.

The landlord may not be at the inspection, but you’ll want to look presentable when you show up for a tour. You never know who is watching, whether it’s the current tenants or the estate agents. Be punctual, polite, and thank the landlord or agent for their time upon your departure. You can think of this meeting as a job interview, approaching it with professionalism and courtesy.

By keeping these tips in mind and preparing yourself for the application process, you can improve your chances of selection and be signing a lease in no time.

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