How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting a Rental

August 3, 2016 |
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With the Sydney housing market arguably tough for first home buyers, this leaves many people with the option of renting. While some renters might have a bad rap, it is a great way to live independently in Sydney whilst trying to put some money away for purchasing in the future.

Of course, your competition for that Bondi Beach apartment, Potts Point studio or Hurstville unit will be tough, so how do you set yourself apart from the rest of the pack?

In this article, we’ll explain how you can increase your chances of being accepted into a quality rental. Read on to find out more!

How can you get onto the rental property ladder?

Contact the real estate agent promptly

As the common saying goes “the early bird catches the worm”. This is all too true in the world of property, so as soon as you see a property listed in the window of an office or online, make your presence known to the real estate agent.

How can you get onto the rental property ladder?

Contact the real estate agent promptly

As the common saying goes “the early bird catches the worm”. This is all too true in the world of property, so as soon as you see a property listed in the window of an office or online, make your presence known to the real estate agent.

By establishing this connection and allowing them to get to know you, your partner or your family, it could be a real advantage when it comes to interviews and resume reviews. During this initial contact, have questions to ask so you can stand out from the crowd.

Treat the application process like a job

Competition for a rental property is similar to going for a job – showcasing your skills, dynamics and qualities is key.

With this in mind, it is important to make sure your application includes all the necessary information for property managers and landlords to come to a good decision. This could include your renting history, job and hobbies. Additionally, ensure this document is updated to reflect family, job or major life changes – these could be a game-changer.

Be flexible with rent payments

As the landlord sets the rent period and amount, tenants in general don’t really get a huge say in these details. However, if you can’t be flexible with the arrangement, there is a possibility that you will be turned down for the property.

In the world of property, a landlord wants a tenant who is open and honest with them.

For example, if the rent period is weekly, but you would prefer fortnightly, make this clear as early as possible. This type of conversation highlights your commitment towards a property as well as showing you can work with the landlord to resolve contentious points. In the world of property, a landlord wants a tenant who is open and honest with them.

Appear neat and tidy

In a similar sense to a job interview, how you appear at the inspection could be the difference between being offered the property or not. When you first arrive, introduce yourself and be polite and friendly.

Of course, as you move around the apartment, studio, unit or house, treat the rooms with respect. When the real estate agent or landlord consider their options, they want someone who can be a good tenant and your behaviour will go a long way in this decision.

Call to follow up

After you have viewed the property and handed in your application form, be aware of the feedback window and follow it to a tee. If the landlord or real estate agent cites a particular timeframe, respect it, but also be confident to reach out if you haven’t heard anything.

While it is important not to be a burden, be aware of appearing keen, eager and willing to move in as soon as possible. If you are fortunate, being proactive might put you in the box seat when it comes to the final selection.

If you are in the market for a rental property and want your application presented in the best possible light, feel free to get in touch with the friendly team at Laing+Simmons today.

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