Renting a home is an exciting time but it can also be stressful, whether you are an experienced renter or not. Applying for a rental property and being declined is common in the rental market and can be disheartening. Here are our recommendations to give yourself the best chance of success:
Provide As Much Information As Possible
Even though our rental application form simplifies the rental process, there is still a lot of information required from potential tenants. Most tenancy forms will require information that is compulsory, and will also ask for extra information that is voluntary. Filling out each section of an application form shows that you are honest, transparent, and are willing to put in more effort. These are all indicators of a good potential renter which will boost your application.
Have Documents On-Hand
Searching for a rental property extends past the application itself, it also includes viewing the house. When viewing a property, we recommend having relevant documentation with you so you can provide it immediately if asked. While this may not be necessary, it is good practice to be well-prepared. Having your documents with you also shows that you are an organised person who is seriously interested in the property. Types of documentation you may require are proof of identity (such as a copy of your license), references or pay slips. An additional document that often boosts a rental application is a cover letter. A well-written, thoughtful cover letter formally expressing your interest in the property can make a big difference.
Be Punctual To House Viewings
If you are attending a home viewing, it is important to be on time. Oftentimes there are several potential tenants at the same viewing, so it is important to be punctual. Showing up 5 minutes early is a great way to show your interest and potentially view the house without the crowds.
Have A Follow-Up Conversation
A respectful and polite follow-up conversation shows that you are thoughtful, interested, and eager. If you have not heard back after applying for a rental property, a polite email a few days later can improve your desirability as a tenant. A courteous reminder that you loved the house, and that you can provide extra documentation if needed could be the deciding factor between you and another tenant.
These are our recommendations for improving your chance of submitting a successful rental application. An easy way to simplify the process is to fill out our online rental application form today or visit us in the office for professional and friendly advice. At Rotorua Rentals, a successful rental application provides you access to our range of properties available and we aim to place you as soon as possible. We hope that you have learned something from these tips and wish you the best of luck finding your perfect rental property.