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Tips for Tenants – How to secure your rental property

Are you a tenant that has had their tenancy application declined way too many times?

Have you had viewings cancelled because the property has already been leased?

Have you been unable to book a viewing simply because the attendance threshold was reached?

If you’ve answered YES to any or all of the above questions, then you’ve come to the right place! Read on to find out how to increase your chances of securing your new rental property!

Setting up alerts

In this day and age, the internet is our greatest tool! Set up alerts on the popular real estate property listing websites like www.realestate.com.au and www.reiwa.com.au. You will be notified immediately when any new listings hit the market within your desired criteria.

Registering your interest

If you see a property that ticks all the boxes, click the “Book Inspection” or “Register your Interest” button to ensure you are booked in for the home open. You will be informed of any changes or updates to the rental property vacancy status. It also makes it easier for the Agent or Landlord to get in touch with you.

Application information

Before starting the application process, make sure you have all information handy. It is extremely important that you read the instructions carefully and provide all the required information. Avoid submitting incomplete applications or leaving out information on the application as it will cause delays in processing the application.

Do you take care of your current rental property?

Proving that you can maintain a rental property is key. Always keep on top of cleaning and gardening and make sure your inspections pass with flying colours.

When the Agent or Landlord are processing your application, they may call your rental references to find out more about you and your rental history. Give your referees notice to expect the call as delays can be detrimental to your tenancy application.

A good tip is to treat your rental property like it’s your own.

Think about your rental payment history

If you are wanting to increase your chances of climbing up the list of potential tenants, make sure your current payments are paid by the due date.

A history of late payments will not do you any favours and can have a negative effect on the way the Agent or Landlord assesses your application.

The best way to avoid this is to set up a direct payment a few days before your rent is due to ensure it gets to your Agent or Landlord’s bank account on time.

Be prepared

You’ve received the news. You’ve been approved for your dream home! Make arrangements with your Agent or Landlord to pay your bond, sign the lease agreement and pick up the keys.

Also, if you do need to apply for a Housing Assistance bond, make sure all the paperwork is submitted in advance so there are no delays in you moving into your new home.

To sum up, set up alerts to ensure that you are notified of any new or upcoming rentals within your criteria, make sure you fill out the rental application form thoroughly and always ensure you pay your rent on time and maintain the property so that you have great rental references!

Lastly, but definitely not the least, when you’re dealing with the Agent or Landlord, be polite and courteous. Forming a good relationship from the start can pave the way to a great relationship during your tenancy.

Good luck!

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