Tips for a successful tenancy application



Be on time 


Just to clarify, "by on time" actually means 10 minutes early. 

If the property you have organised to view is one in a popular suburb or one that seems to have roped in a lot of interest… we advise that you get there even earlier to be near the front of the queue of other viewers.


Most importantly, just don’t be late!


The property manager presenting the property is likely to have a full day of viewings booked, and will most likely be flat out going from one to another. If you’re the late comer that throws off their entire day’s schedule, you’re not going to make a very good impression.


Make an impression

Making a good first impression is key when it comes to becoming a memorable applicant.

Things you can do-

1.       Introduce yourself; this can help separate you from the crowd. Not to mention it is common courtesy.


2.       Dress to Impress, the way someone presents themselves says a lot about their character. A classier attire can communicate the impression of responsibility and financial stability, two of the biggest factors landlords and property managers are looking for.


3.       Ask questions, be courteous and polite, of course, but engage the real estate agent with a question or two to stand apart from the masses and to show your interest in the property.



** bonus: Write a great cover letter **


Your cover letter should consist of a small blurb about who you are (if more than one person is applying, we recommend briefly introducing each housemate), what you do for a living and perhaps a short section on why you have chosen to apply for this specific property.


You should also include any details about your rental history, and any issues which you may think apply, as honesty is always the best policy. Also, any special circumstances including pets, it wouldn’t hurt to add in a paragraph about their personality and rental history.


The landlord is going to want to know about their prospective tenants, so it will help to write in such a way that helps sell yourself to your property manager and therefore the landlord.


References FTW


We can’t stress the importance of good references enough.

Property managers and landlords will use your references as a means of finding out whether you are a reliable tenant. i.e. Your history of paying rent and maintaining the condition of a property. Prospective tenants who can’t prove this with a strong track record of rental history are at a significant disadvantage.


Listing references in your application that go beyond your former landlords could work in your favor. These could be references that would enable your prospective landlord to paint a picture of your character, i.e references from co-workers, employers or former neighbors.


TIP: references from previous property managers and real estates will work in your favor, and will be more beneficial that a previous landlord.



Have your documents organised


There isn’t many things more frustrating to a property manager than an application which doesn’t have all the required paperwork, or whom has submitted an uncompleted application. Frustrating your prospective landlord or property manager is not the best place to start, so we advise that prior to submitting your application, you triple check your that you are have your paperwork right and in order.


A lot of the time, if your paperwork is intact, you’re already ahead of the pack.


Be straight up


Don’t hide anything on your application letter, in your cover letter or in your discussions with the real estate agent.


If there are any issues that may present as a potential blocker, be upfront and pop it in your cover letter. For example, if you have had a rough patch during your rental history, note it down in your cover letter and explain it to the agent. I’m sure they will appreciate the honesty.


Any details about your tenancy history that you try to hide will eventually come out, and can lead to some pretty severe consequences if you’ve signed a lease under false pretenses. 


We can only reinforce that, honest is ALWAYS the best policy.



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