Searching for a rental property can be a very stressful experience. The endless inspections, rejections and application forms – it’s enough to drive anyone nuts. In the midst of all the frustration, it can be easy to forget some of the small things that can help you stand out above the rest. The tips on this page may seem quite basic and obvious but can make a big difference in helping you secure a rental property.
Take care of how you communicate
You’ve been searching for a rental property for hours and are feeling a bit drained. So you send a message to the agent/landlord…except it looks a little bit like it was written by a toddler. Spelling mistakes, sentences that don’t make sense, questions that have already been answered in the property description – the list is endless. Make sure you put thought into your message. You’re only one of the many enquiries the property manager will receive and first impressions count!
Have a draft application ready
Like many of us, you probably have a draft resume sitting around in case you need a new job one day. In the same way, start gathering the information you need for a rental application as soon as you start looking. Put together some answers you can copy and paste into online applications, including why you want to move and why you’re the best candidate for the landlord. The more you prepare, the quicker the landlord receives your application.
Don’t underestimate the value of a pet resume
It can be hard finding a pet friendly rental property; the competition is so high. That makes it even more important for you to stand out. A pet resume helps landlords/agents see your pet through your eyes. It can also help answer some of the questions or concerns they might have about allowing pets in their property and may increase your chances of being chosen.
To save you time searching for properties that allow pets, also take advantage of Homes with Soul, which is dedicated to helping you find pet friendly rental properties in your area.
Think about your references carefully
A lot of tenants provide references that include people like real estate agents, friends, colleagues and housemates. However, we find that a little creativity with references can pay off. For example, if you have a good relationship with Body Corporate members in your building, include them as a reference! Or what about your immediate neighbours, could they help reduce any concerns around pets and noise?
The importance of respect
The truth is that agents and landlords don’t always have the best reputation for being friendly. It’s so easy to paint everyone with the same brush! However, once you consider that being an agent/landlord isn’t easy work (no-one likes to give up their Saturdays!) your interactions with them will became far more positive. Have a banter with them at inspections and always thank them for their time when you leave. People always remember good manners.
Showcase your commitment to responsible pet ownership
If like most responsible pet owners, you take some precautions to help protect your rental property from pet damage – share them in your application! Whether you put down a million rugs to protect carpet or pay for a pet sitter/walker to keep pets entertained, don’t be shy to showcase your commitment to caring for your rental.