The rental market can be crazy competitive, especially when a hot property that is priced well becomes available. So what can you to make your rental application stand out when a property for rent has a dozen other applicants? Here are some tips to make your rental application stand out above all of the other applications:
1) Write legibly! You’d be surprised how important this simple tip is. Make your application stand out by making it easy to read and understand. An easy-to-read application always gets the attention before the sloppy one.
2) Fill out the application completely. You may not know your previous landlord’s phone number from three years ago, but take the time to FIND IT! Most landlords require a minimum of four years rental history. Your application will get passed over if the potential landlord has to do a lot research and work to track down the required information.
3) Follow policies/requirements. The easier you make it for the landlord, the easier you’ll make it for yourself. If they ask for an application fee, a copy of your driver’s license or the names of all the people living in the unit, then give them that information up front. Don’t question why they want it for, just do it. If you don’t cooperate, or if the application is incomplete, your application will quickly get placed on the bottom of the pile.
4) Don’t pester the potential landlord or make a list of demands up front. Property managers process a lot of applications, maintenance requests, complaints, and inquiries every single day. Have some patience, and don’t call every few hours asking for an update. However, don’t just go silent. Your best option is a follow up email, keeping in mind it can take approximately 24-48 business hours to process an application.
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