10 things to get your rental application to the top

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Ever wondered why your rental applications keep getting rejected? Our Property Management expert Brad Jacobs shares his insider knowledge and tips to get your application to the top of the pile.

  1. Download or request an application form prior to the open – most agents will have this available on their website or will be happy to email it to you. A lot of Sydney agents are using the website 1form.com for applications, speak to the agent prior to see if they will accept it.
  2. Ensure your application form is completed in full so if you’re happy at the inspection, you can submit it straight away. Don’t forget to check the required documents and 100 points ID as your application cannot be considered without these elements.
  3. Ask your current agent for a copy of your rental ledger to provide with your application and a reference letter if they are happy to provide one to submit with your application.
  4. Make your start date is as close to the availability date as possible. Even if you can’t move on that specific day – the cost of a few days or even a week of paying double rent is minimal in the big scheme of things.
  5. Make sure all tenants/occupants put in an application. The more income coming into the property the better and also makes everyone responsible. Many think more people will reflect badly but it’s the opposite as long as the property will not be over occupied.
  6. Advise your employer they will be getting a call to confirm your employment. Sometimes the HR team need written approval from the employee, and if they don’t have it, it can delay the confirmation of your employment.
  7. 12 Months or a longer lease is always better than 6 Months.
  8. Provide good quality supporting documents to support your application. These include, a copy of your Passport (& Visa if a non-resident), Driver license or photo ID, recent bank statements or savings accounts with balance of funds, employment contract and a minimum of two recent payslips.
  9. Get your application in as soon as possible.
  10. Present yourself well at the open and make sure you meet the agent on site!