Today’s rental climate means that there is a high demand for rental properties. But there is also an increasing shortage of available properties, so you need to be very efficient and well-presented to stand out from other prospective tenants.
This means that if you’re looking to rent you need to be thorough in filling out your application and to provide as much information as possible with your application.
You may need to sign a long-term lease if your application is accepted. Check if a periodic rental term (month to month) is on offer if this is your preference.
Quality tenants are snapped up by investors, both in the private and managed rental sectors. Ensure that you have a recent reference from a previous landlord or a character reference readily available, as well as rental history from previous landlords or property managers.
Here are a few of the things that you should consider when looking for a property to rent:
Is the property suitable for your needs?
- Do you have pets or small children that require fenced yards? (If you have pets enquire if the particular rental you are interested in accepts pets.)
- Is it close enough to public transport?
- Is it available on the date on which you need to move from your current accommodation?
- Does it have a backyard if you have children? Does it offer the length or type of lease you’re looking for?
- Does it have adequate storage for your needs?
- Does it have coverings on all of the windows?
When making your application:
- Are you readily available to inspect or to move into a property?
- Have you provided as much information as possible with your application, for the landlord’s consideration?
- Do you have current references for the landlord’s consideration?