As a prospective tenant, it can be hard to nab the ideal home. Homes with highly desirable attributes such as access to good schools, energy-saving modifications, or large living spaces, will usually have a long line of people waiting and competing with you to secure a tenancy. The process of searching for prospective rentals and applying for them can also be time-consuming, manual, and exhausting.

Tenants can often find themselves giving up or settling for a less-than-desirable home after countless viewings and tenancy applications.

While the competition might be fierce, there are ways to get ahead of the rental queue and increase your chances of nabbing your next home on the first try.

1. Apply early.

The old saying “the early bird catches the worm” may have some truth in the rental market where many tenants often tick the right boxes and some landlords will just choose to pick the first good candidate. If you see a good listing, aim to book your viewing early with the landlord or property agent - this may increase your chances of securing your ideal home early, especially if you have everything prepared and ready to go.

If you can, book a viewing in the morning or afternoon during work hours - most tend to book in viewings in the evenings after work, or on the weekends.

2. Give them some referees.

Landlords want to know that their prospective tenant will take care of their investment, and treat it like their own home. If you’ve rented before, your previous landlords make the best references. Just like applying for a new job, your prospective employer will look to your previous work experience to validate your character and work ethic.

3. Make it easy for them to pick you. Prepare your documentation in advance.

Most landlords will have a “hygiene checklist” for prospective tenants. The quicker you can get these to them, the less hassle they will need to go through to vet you as a tenant. Some of the things that landlords will look for include:

  • Credit history
  • Employment history
  • Criminal checks
  • Dispute records, and,
  • Previous rental history.

Getting this information prepared and validated by a third party (such as Pickmee) early in the application process may increase your chances of securing you a tenancy agreement as the landlord has this information at their fingertips to approve your tenancy application before they have the chance to look at someone else’s.

4. Get personal.

As we mentioned earlier, you may be competing with multiple other prospective tenants that on paper, meet the standard that the landlord has set for the property. To make your application stand out, we recommend going above and beyond and add a little personal flair to your application.

Building a profile that showcases who you are as a person will add some personality to the application. A biography or personal statement to the landlord can be a simple but effective way to establish a personal connection with them and may provide them with more confidence in you as a tenant. When personalising your application, making your intentions with the property known can often put you ahead of the crowd - for example, landlords prefer tenants that have longer leases as they can avoid the administrative costs and stress of finding new tenants. If it supports your application, talk about yourself and some of your hobbies - a home with an immaculate garden is more likely to lend itself to a tenant that has a passion for gardening and landscaping.

Whether you’re desperate to secure a home or have plenty of choices, these tips can make the difference in securing your ideal home and beating out the competition.

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