How to make your rental application stand out

Here are some helpful tips to help you land that perfect rental property. From the initial inspection through to the paperwork you submit, following these handy hints will greatly improve your odds for securing your next home.

Dress to impress

You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.

When visiting a property for the first time, make sure you are looking tidy and presentable. This doesn’t mean you need to dress the same way you would for a job interview, but smart casual attire is highly recommended.

Properly introduce yourself

A friendly smile and a warm handshake is a great way to create a memorable impression. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how easy it can be to forget this step. Not only will it help the person scouring over applications put a face to a name, but it also creates an atmosphere of trust and sets the relationship up on the right footing.

Apply electronically if possible

Not only do electronic applications get to the Property Manager first, but they are also often easier to read through. You can create an account and profile with and use this to apply for several properties without having to re-enter your information.

They also have the ability to verify your identity and documents, which can add credibility to your application.

Ensure contact details are up to date

You would be surprised how many applicants leave outdated phone numbers and email addresses on their applications. Spend a few extra moments reading through your application to ensure that your own details, as well as your previous property manager/rental provider and references are up to date.

Incorrect details cause confusion and may even create the perception that you are unorganized, or even worse, not being truthful with your references.

Supply all requested documentation

Leaving certain documents or information out of your application is often a red flag that something isn’t quite right. Failing to submit your payslips or proof of income might give the impression that you’re unable to afford the property. Leaving big gaps in your rental history could be a sign that you were forced to vacate a property for any number of reasons.

There are often innocent explanations for missing information. You may have been travelling overseas and only recently came back, or you might have separated from an ex-partner. Explaining these reasons helps to alleviate the Property Manager’s concerns and will likely save your application from being put to the bottom of the pile.

Include a thorough rental history

By including a detailed prior rental history shows that you have experience in renting and displays reliability. Although this may not always be possible, particularly for those leaving home for the first time, it is one of the most important parts of your application.

This also gives the Property Manager or Rental Provider a chance to speak with your previous Agent to get a feel for what you were like as a renter.


Remember that all applications go to the owner for their consideration and the more accurate the information, and the better the impression you create, the more likely you are to secure the property.

Property Managers usually have many applications to process prior to passing them to the owner. The less time they need to spend finding out and verifying information provided, the better and quicker decisions can be made.

By following this simple advice, you will make the whole process easier for both yourself and your prospective new Property Manager. Being organised, pleasant and easy to deal with will make their decision a whole lot easier. A decision that hopefully bodes well for your application.

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