Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gain the Edge Applying for a Rental Property

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Gain the Edge Applying for a Rental Property

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DEPENDING on where you live and what your budget is, the rental market in Australia can be pretty brutal.

If you show up to a rental inspection with 50 other people, you can't afford to be cavalier about your application.

If an agent is trying to choose between you and another application and they have their bond, first month's rent and a list of perfect references you need to match them and top them.

Here are eight things to consider when submitting a rental application.

1. Make sure you have all the correct documentation

The real estate agent should provide you with a list of documents that you need to bring but it can't hurt to be over prepared.

In most instances you'll need references, the completed application form, pet references, if applicable, pay slips or proof on employment, photo ID and a cover letter.

Make sure you have all of these documents copied and ready to submit to the agent because they aren't going to wait around while you duck to the newsagent to make a photocopy of your passport.

Have everything copied, certified if necessary and organised into a folder that you can hand to the real estate agent on the day.

2. Save time and apply online

We barely use snail mail for anything anymore, so why should rental application be any different?

If you click on the apply button on any property in our rent section, you'll be redirected to a simple online application form.

Forget printing, scanning, photocopying, stamping and walking to the post-box - fill in a single form that gets automatically emailed to the property manager.

The best bit? Once you've filled in your details once you can apply for as many properties as you like - halving the amount of time you spend on each individual application.

Sending your applications online also means you can manage them on the go from any device.

3. Get your housemates into gear

Your housemates don't have to attend the property inspection (although this is preferable) but you need to get their full completed application and references.

If you have a complete set of documentation for all members of the household you've got a better chance of being on the top of the pile. …

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