A Great Rental Reference – Why Do I Need One and How Do I Get It?
It’s no exaggeration to suggest that the current rental market is… competitive, and is likely to remain so for the foreseeable future. FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is rife as renters hip and shoulder their way through dozens of fellow applicants at each property. So, it’s more important now than ever to find a way of standing out from the crowd (in a good way, no clown suits) with a killer application. As part of said killer application, a wannabe tenant will have a rental reference or two from previous landlords to assure any prospective landlords of an exemplary rental history.
Great, easy, done!
Hold on there, sport, not so fast. Scoring a glowing rental reference requires some effort and consideration on your part first.
1) Ponying Up
Let’s start with the obvious, RENT – for the love of budgeting, pay it on time (or even early). Your landlord is banking on a reliable and ongoing income stream, so make this a priority. Agents will request a copy of your payment ledger from previous leasing agents to confirm your past payment history. This is a tamper-proof document that records the exact date of every payment.
2) Spray and Wipe
There’s no place like home and a good tenant cares for their rental property as if they owned it. Keep it clean, maintain garden areas if required to, and make sure the ‘floordrobe’ has been cleared during routine inspections. Regular cleaning of bathrooms and kitchens throughout your rental tenure makes eventually retrieving your bond a whole lot easier too.
As they say in the classics, sometimes s*%t happens, and accidents occur. As tempting as it may be to sweep the incident under the carpet (maybe even literally…) step-up and report it to your helpful property manager for advice on how to get things repaired. Big respect for honesty.
4) Your Best Self
Your property manager is not your unofficial servant, even if they are called Jeeves, Pennyworth or Benson. They are there to be a helpful conduit between landlords and tenants and deserve your very best manners at all times. Acting in an entitled, rude or outrageously demanding manner will score zero brownie points, with no gold star on an end of lease reference.
No landlord wants a tenant with a sketchy payment history, or a track record of leaving properties in a state of disrepair. An ideal tenant is genuinely prized, often being favoured over those choosing to offer a higher rent, so do yourself a favour and be the very best renter you can be!
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