Moving home can be a stressful time, especially if you are under strict time restraints to find your new home. Trawling through the hoards of advertised rental properties, attending countless open for inspections in rain, hail or shine only to have your application knocked back is a stressful situation even for the seasoned renter. Whilst getting approved for a rental application is ultimately out of your hands, here are some tips to help tip the scales in your favour.
1. Complete the application… correctly
This may seem like an obvious first step, but an alarming amount of rental applications cross our desks that are incomplete or incorrect. Making sure that all the required fields are filled out is a must along with making sure you read the question properly to provide the correct information. Property Managers are very time poor, so having all required information in front of them when they first lay eyes on your application will definitely work in your favour.
Hint: If there is more than one person moving into the property, individual applications must be completed for each tenant – even if you are a defacto/married couple.
2. Give a thorough indication of your finances.
Your application will require you to provide evidence of your finances to ensure that you are capable of paying the rent required. It’s always a good idea to go above and beyond in this category and provide extra information regarding your financial situation. Yes, it may seem a little invasive, but it’s a great way to reassure your Property Manager that you are financially able to afford the property, and that you will be reliable with your rent – qualities that are paramount to Property Managers. Providing evidence of savings is a great way to show that even if your salary may not be in the higher range, you are responsible with money and if you were to lose your job, you have a safety net behind you.
3. Check your facebook:
In today’s social media obsessed society, it won’t come as a shock that that yes, your Property Managers might do a social media search on prospective tenants. So make sure that everything you put on your application is the truth and that your social media reflects a positive image of you. If your application leads us to believe that you are a single female, with no pets who has a steady job – but your facebook shows you live with your partner, have 3 cats and have recently become unemployed… alarm bells will be ringing.
4. Tell us about your four-legged family members:
A lot of the time, people think that having a pet will limit their rental opportunities so choose not to inform their prospective Property Managers about their four legged friends. We can assure you, a pet is something that will eventually be caught out, so be upfront about it. The best defence is an offence, so in your inspection and on your application, tell us about you pet. Get pet references from your current Property Manager, include a pet resume telling us about your friend. Renting with pets is no longer a major issue you just need to make sure you’re honest about the situation.
If you have any more questions about applying for a property or would like to speak to one of our expert Property Managers – Call Solid Property Management on (03)9690 2666