Have you ever applied for a rental and been denied? Most people in the rental market get rejected from a property at some stage, and the landlord might not tell you why.
We’ve nutted out a few essential tips to make sure you’re the lucky one who wins the rental of your dreams.
7 tips to winning over your landlord
1. Dress up
Always look your best when going in for rental inspections. We’d all like to think that looks are irrelevant when it comes to choosing potential tenants but it’s just common sense that a landlord will favour a person who looks presentable on the day.
You can certainly be yourself but it might be best to leave the stubbies, ugg boots or black lipstick for when you’ve moved into your lush new pad.
2. Be on time
If you come rushing up the street 15 minutes after the open house has started, it’s not going to make a good impression.
If you’re the first one waiting outside the rental property and you greet the real estate agent with a lovely big smile, that’s the first impression that you want them to take in. Be first and be memorable. It will make a huge difference.
3. Have a rental resume/ application
If you’re seriously playing the rental market or you’re looking for a place in a dense area where the competition is fierce, it’s best to knock up a rental resume and have it ready and printed so you can apply for the house on the spot.
4. Be one step ahead of everyone else
A rental resume is great but if you want to get the jump on the competition you should consider creating a profile on 1Form – a free online rental application service that streamlines the process of applying for properties. It takes the hassle out of filing paper applications and photocopying your your ID, salary history, and so on, because you only have to complete the form once then use it to apply for multiple properties. So before you even step inside a property and work your charms on the agent, jump on the site, customise the application for the property you’re interested in, hit send – and voila! The agent receives your application in seconds.This is particularly worth doing if the property has been on the rental market for a while and they’re keen to get a tenant. With a pre-prepared or swiftly delivered application form, landlords will love you.
5. Be honest
There’s absolutely no point in lying about anything. That includes pets, potential housemates or your salary. If you have a black spot on your resume, the best thing to do is to be completely candid about it. If you have a pet, draw up a cute pet resume and have your pet plead their case in their own application.
6. Be charming
Lot’s of people find rental inspections overwhelming but it’s really not the time to be shy. Have a chat to the agent, comment on how awesome they are for being up so early on a Saturday, ask them how they got into real estate; just have a conversation with them about their own lives. People love to talk about themselves and if you make them feel good by listening when they complain about traffic on the way to the inspection, they’ll remember you and might favour your application.
7. Be desirable
It’s important to put your best foot forward so try to highlight all those things that make you an attractive tenant. Make mention of the fact that you’ve been with your company for the past five years, or that you own your car. Remark upon how much you enjoy gardening, or highlight any trade skills that’ll help show how you’ll maintain or improve the property. Demonstrate that you’re good with money and are largely reliable.
Sure, your dog may yap when the doorbell rings but you want to point out that 90 per cent of the time she’s “easy going, and a very friendly Maltese terrier”.
Contact JWC now to know more about renting a property
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