A rental application requires you to attach additional documents to help them consider you as a prospective tenant. Filling out the form with just your driver’s license and a list of places you’ve previously rented isn’t enough. You wouldn’t submit a job application that way, so why do it for something such as a new home? The property manager or real estate agent needs more information to determine if you’ll be a reliable tenant.
When applying for a new property, it is recommended to provide as much information as possible. Applicants who come prepared are more likely to be considered than those who do not. Some agents may ask for all of the documents listed below, or only a few, but it is always good to have them with you just in case.
If you are looking for properties to apply to, check out the rental reviews on Rent Rabbit. You can read the reviews of properties that you have considered applying for and see if the reviews are good enough to consider applying. Read the tenant reviews, or leave one of your own for a property you rented in the past to help other prospective tenants.
When you arrive at the rental property, you should have the completed application along with these additional documents, to help improve your chances of being accepted.
- Photo identification: You should have a minimum of 2 forms of identification (your driver’s license or passport), your Medicare card, birth certificate, car registration or health care card will work.
- Taxpayer information
- Copies of current rent receipts
- Copies of previous utility bills
- Bank statements and payslips to show proof of income.
- Statement from Current or Previous landlord: Having a statement from your old landlord giving you a good review is always a welcome sign.
- Professional/personal references: Provide the names and contact details for people who will give you a positive recommendation. They could be business contacts or personal contacts, but please ask for permission before giving out contact information.
- Pet information: If you will have a pet, you will need to provide information on their breed, weight, and proof of current vaccinations.
Having all the required information on hand will help you provide an accurate picture of your ability to maintain your finances and pay bills in a timely manner. Lack of sufficient information and rental history are two reasons many applications get denied. If you come prepared with everything a property manager could ask for, you have a very good chance of being accepted.
When looking for places to rent, it’s a good idea to see the reviews that others have left. Check out prospective rental properties on Rent Rabbit before submitting your application. Use this site to compare rental properties: www.rentrabbit.com.au