How to write a winning residential rental application

Marion Duplo By Marion Duplo, 24th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Treat your rental application like a job interview to ease the pain of the rental squeeze

The rental squeeze

Experts are forecasting a continued increase in pressure on the already tight rental market in Australia as the housing shortage presses on. So in such a tight rental squeeze, how do you ensure that your application for a rental property stands out from the crowd?

Think smartly and market yourself

Quite simply, treat your rental application as you would an application for new employment. After all, what you are effectively doing is marketing yourself to a real estate agent. Just as when an interview panel ranks prospective job applicants, the property manager will weigh up your rental application against others. You cannot expect a property manager to know why you are better than the next applicant unless you demonstrate this on your application. So go above and beyond the boxes on the form - attach reference letters from previous landlords, your current employer, friends you have housesat for. Include information about why your employment makes you a reliable and trustworthy tenant. Most importantly, be sure to include a personal statement that indicates that you will be the best tenant - much like a career objective paragraph on a resume, this paragraph can say more about you than any 'fill in the boxes' form ever will.

Three 'P's to consider when submitting a rental application

- Presentation. Consider binding your application, or submitting it in a neat folder. This way your application aesthetically stands out as 'different'.
- Personality. How does your application demonstrate your personality? How does it demonstrate to the property manager that you love to garden, for example?
- Polish. Don't forget to spell-check your application!


Property, Property Management, Real Estate, Rent, Renting

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24th Oct 2011 (#)

Also remember the three L's Location, Location, Location.

You need to know where to rent to maximise and at the same time get the best income.

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