With the rental market so competitive at the moment, the odds of you securing your dream rental may seem a little out of reach. But don’t let this discourage you! To help you stand out from the crowd and win over your potential landlord here are a few tips from iThink Property Manager, Bek Sheahan.
GET THE BASICS RIGHT
The number one rule when applying for a rental property is to ensure you have fully completed all the application form and have all supporting documents. It sounds obvious, but you’d be surprised at how many applicants hand in incomplete applications. It’s a competitive market, and property managers don’t have the time to chase up forgotten details. Start off on the right foot and ensure you double check your application before you hand it over.
Most agencies prefer applicants to apply online. The process is a lot easier and is a massive time saver for both you and the agency. If you’re on the hunt for a new rental property be proactive and save copies of documentation such as photo ID, pay slips etc. onto your computer. This will make it easier once you find a property to fill out the form quickly, attach documentation, hit send and your application will land in the property managers inbox within minutes!
There’s no point lying in your application. The truth always comes out, and property managers will check with references. Whether you’re lying about a pet, extra housemate or being blacklisted on TICA, it’s best to be upfront about it.
IMPRESS AT THE INSPECTION
First impressions count. Ensure you’re dressed your best and arrive on time to the inspection- you want to be first and memorable. Remember to use your manners- greet the agent with a big smile and thank them for their time. Show you are genuinely interested in the property by asking questions. This is your chance to show the property manager just a snippet of how you would be as a tenant so make sure you’re remembered for the right reasons!
Once you’ve sent in your application and viewed the property, make sure you have your financials ready! If you’re the successful applicant, the agency will expect you to pay the bond as soon as possible. Delayed payment is risky and will increase your chance of losing the property, especially if there are a lot of applications!
If you’re unsuccessful, ask for some feedback. Don’t be afraid to ring the property manager and ask where you can improve. Taking this initiative will help you in the long run and will hopefully decrease your chance of getting rejected from the next property!
BEK SHEAHAN – PROPERTY MANAGER
07 4602 0111
With a background in Sales Administration and Property Management, Bek is drawn to the challenging and ever changing Real Estate world. No day is ever the same in Property Management which keeps Bek on her toes and is one aspect she loves about the industry.
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