Putting Your Best Foot Forward When Preparing a Rental Application

Putting Your Best Foot Forward When Preparing A Rental Application

Finding the perfect rental to call home can be a challenge, especially in a competitive rental market. Property inspection can be frequented by dozens of others who, like you, feel that rush when you have found the perfect home, in the right neighbourhood and within your budget.

As a potential renter, it’s important to stand out from the pack. You need to present yourself as the ideal tenant and it all starts with creating a winning rental application.

Being prepared with a complete (and verified) rental profile can be a huge advantage and one that property managers appreciate so everyone can move quickly. So be certain you have all of these documents completed, copied and organised nicely into a folder that you can leave with the property manager on the day.

Here are some rental application tips that will assist in putting your best foot forward to secure your dream rental property.

Rental history

One of the most important considerations for property managers and landlords to get you approved for a property, is a good rental history.

Ensure to include your current and previous rental information such as the address, lease start and end dates, amount of rent and details of the property owner/manager.  Other must have documents you should provide are references from previous landlords, proof of employment, pay slips, police background and credit checks. 

The stronger picture you can provide of your rental history, the more likely you are to be chosen.

Employment and income

Having a reliable income and proof that you can pay rent consistently and on time, is a major factor in the approval process. Adding a few recent payslips to your application will not only show proof of employment but also ease any fears a landlord may have over missed payments. 

Expect a credit check to be undertaken, as this is a normal part of the application process.

Proof of identity

It may seem like an obvious part of the application, but you will need to provide copies of identification to prove you are who you say you are.   Ensure these are current and note, they may need to be notarised:

  • Driver licence
  • Passport
  • Kiwi Access Card


Reference letters

Any evidence or reference letters from past landlords and employers, that show you are trustworthy and respectful can greatly help your case. Pet friendly rentals are highly competitive so it is worthwhile preparing your pet’s reference from the past property manager.

Keep in mind the property manager or landlord may contact your references, so giving them a heads up is a good idea.

Cover letter

As with applying for a job, a cover letter should accompany your rental application as it allows property managers or landlords to develop a better understanding of you and why you are the best candidate.  This document should be formal but let some of your personality shine through. 

Write a few paragraphs about who you are, what do you do for a living and perhaps the reason for your move. Give a brief overview of your rental history and make mention of any special circumstances such as pets.

If you are applying for several properties and have some time, tailoring each cover letter is recommended as you can refer to the characteristics of the property that interest you the most.

Personal appearance

A professional and tidy appearance is important on the day of the inspection, as the way you look and carry yourself can create an impression on other people.  Present yourself as well-mannered and responsible and others will see you that way.

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