With the demand for a quality rental property being so high, it is not uncommon to get lost in the pile of applications when submitting your own; therefore, it is important to stand out from the crowd and be remembered. Here are our tips on how to make your rental application shine amongst the rest:
1. Less is More
We all know how exciting it can be to finally find a property you can picture yourself calling home, however enquiring multiple times on the same listing will not come across as enthusiasm and may lesson your chance of securing the property. Due to the nature of the job, you’ll find that leasing agents are in and out of the office everyday and may not always be able to get back to you straight away. There are also other factors that come into play such as working around vacating residents, renovations that may be occurring at the time and getting in touch with the owner to finalise any details that may be pending, thus being considerate of their schedule and allowing them the time to address your enquiry is prudent for starting off on the right foot. It’s a classic case of less is more.
2. Make your first impression count
First impressions are lasting ones and how you present yourself is seen as a reflection of the way you keep your home. When attending an open home ensure you arrive a few minutes early, dress to impress and build a rapport with the leasing agent. We also suggest asking the preferred method of submission of the application and submitting it within 24 hours of viewing the property.
3. Be thorough
When preparing your application for submission it is imperative that you are thorough in the completion and that you fill out every section required as the property manager will necessitate all the particulars in order to present your application to the owner and together make a decision. In addition, we advise you include 100 points of ID, if you’re unsure what documents to include here is a comprehensive list:
• Australian Passport (70)
• Australian Driver’s License (70)
• Australian Learners Permit (70)
• Blind Citizens ID card (70)
• Australian Boat License (with photo) (70)
• International Passport (70)
• Proof of Age Card (40)
• Certificate of title (25)
• Australian Marriage Certificate (30)
• Mortgage or contract document (30)
• Medicare Card (30)
• Australian Citizen Certificate (30)
• Health Care Card (30)
• Australian Bank Card (20)
• Council Rates Notice (25)
• Australian Credit Card (30)
• Utility Bill (less than 3 months old) (25)
• Residential Tenancy Agreement (40)
• Student ID card (20)
• Australian Birth Certificate (30)
• Vehicle Registration (25)
4. Tell your story
Gone were the days that cover letters were just for job applications, we recommend including a cover letter with your application as this will help tell your story and make you more relatable and not just another name on a piece of paper. Include a brief back-story about you and your family and outline things like the schools your kids attend, where you work, what activities you take part in the community and why you love the property and don’t forget to thank the agent for their time.
5. Attach a reference
Always include references from your previous landlord, property manager or if it’s your first time leasing a reference from a neighbour or financial institution records can go a long way when it comes to ensuring a good payment history as well as character references. If you are applying with a pet it is also clever to include a statement on their behavior to improve your chances at securing the home.