First-Time Renters Guide

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If you have never rented property before, you may feel caught in the middle.

Many first-time tenants worry that because they cannot prove a rental history, they will not be able to rent a property - leading to a catch-22-type situation.

Fortunately, every tenant has been a first-time renter at some point and there are a number of things you can do to strengthen your application.

An property manager will be mainly concerned with an applicant's ability to pay the rent, as well as their ability to take care of the property and comply with the terms and conditions of the tenancy.

The information you should supply will vary depending on your previous circumstances - for example, if you were previously living in student accommodation, you may wish to provide the details of the person who was in charge of managing the complex.

If you previously owned your own home and have sold the property, the agent who handled the sale may be able to act as a reference for you.

And if you are currently living with your parents, you will require personal references. In some situations, you may also choose to have a parent co-sign your tenancy with you.

Examples of documentation you can provide that will help a property manager make these decisions include:

  • Verification of employment
  • Verification of income
  • Reference from employer or colleagues
  • Reference from neighbour/teacher/business person/doctor/accountant
  • Photo identification - driver licence/passport/student ID
  • Personal references - these should not be from relatives
  • Last gas/electricity/phone bill

Paying your rent is easy with LJ Hooker

Individual offices determine how rent is collected, each office will have different payment options available for you. The best thing to do if you have questions is to contact your LJ Hooker property manager.

Many LJ Hooker offices allow you to pay via direct deposit from your bank account. Make sure you contact your property manager for further information on this service.

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