The rental application process can take time and patience. Here are five tips to help you secure a new place.
1. Search online
The easiest way to begin your hunt for a new rental property is to search for listings online. Here, you’ll be able to book in appointments or contact the property manager. You’ll either be able to book in for a private inspection or an open inspection. Make sure you check your emails incase any get canceled!
2. Be document ready
There’s nothing more important to a property manager (and landlord) than knowing they can rely on you. Property managers will ask you for relevant financial documents. It’s a good idea to collate the below information prior to inspections.
- A cover letter
- Proof of employment
- Photo ID
- Reference letters
- Rental payment history
3. Check for amenities
Don’t let yourself make the mistake of moving into a house with no heating (especially if you get frosty winters). It’s important to know that you’ll be able to live comfortably. Because it’s a rental property, the landlord might not be up for spending money on the property. So, it’s important to check for these amenities before you apply.
4. Don’t keep your pet a secret
Some landlords are anti-pet. And there’ll be nothing you can do to change their mind. But others may be persuaded. It’s a good idea to be open and honest when it comes to pets. If you have a well behaved furry friend, then let the property manager know. If your application looks great, they’ll probably do their best to get you tenanted. It’s a good idea to get a pet reference if you have rented a property with pets before. Another option is offering to pay a pet bond.
5. Follow up
Be persistent and ring up the property manager a couple of days after applying. You’ll generally be able to gage whether or not you have a chance. If your application is unsuccessful, you could ask for feedback on how you can improve your chances for next time.