Renters who know the tenancy application process, fill in the tenancy application form and stand out from the crowd have a better chance to get the tenancy approved. Use these tips to your advantage and get the rental you wanted.


Tenancy Application

Tips for Applying for a Residential Tenancy


Tenancy Application


Looking for a rental home and filling in a tenancy application should not be as stressful as it sounds. The housing shortage can be daunting and the tenancy application a challenge for someone who works long hours. That is why I thought few tips to stand out of the crowed might be helpful.


True,  landlords with good rentals and numbers of applicants are picky. Well, it sounds harder as it is but on the bright side both parties look for the best possible outcome. And also understandable, those landlords who failed to retrieve  outstanding payments for rent arrears or compensation for property damage just try to overcome bad experiences. No wonder the tenancy application process got tighter. Actually, that is good news for renters with a clean tenancy history and those who use the tenancy application to their advantage.



How to stand out of the crowd?


Looking at the recent changes made to the tenancy law it is obvious that related responsibilities and costs become a game changer.  As illustrated here housing policies have failed to stimulate healthy home improvements and energy efficient housing.  The same problem face  homeowners who struggle with housing costs and are not financially able to upgrade dated homes.


To get a good outcome for all involved parties I would dismiss people’s preconception about renting and encourage everyone to consider the following tips;


Use the tenancy application for the best possible outcome


Provide all information required for the rental application. Make sure that all given contacts have reachable phone numbers. It is not required but applications with an attached cover letter with good reasons why the applicant should be considered moves the application to the top.


Do drive-by inspections before wasting time with paperwork


Drive by and take a look at the advertised rental. Pay attention to drive way, car parking, letter box and conditions of the house. The neighborhood can make or break it. Remember— where you live exposes you to assumptions for instance when launching an job application.


Be certain about you time frame to move and plans


Be clear about your time frame to give notice, start date of tenancy and availability. Be certain what your plans are as landlords might consider this when short-listing.


Know with whom you are dealing with


When dealing with letting agents remember you do not rent the agent’s house, everything the agent does costs you extra. Know the difference between landlord, property manager and letting agent.


Choose to get value for rent money


Choose a healthy house and a reputable landlord. Value for money is not considering the amount of rent only. Choosing a house with a heat-pump over a house with good heat retention (insulation), or a remote location with high cost for commuting (travel distance to shopping facilities, recreation and work) can cost you a fortune.


Ask questions when viewing the rental house


Discuss everything that is important to you. Keep in mind both parties make commitments. If you want to take control over the rental home you need to consider a fixed-term tenancy. Periodic tenancies can be terminated by giving notice (see Tenancy Act).


Rent and bond are negotiable


If you found the rental home you want, but it exceeds your budget, you might be able to offer something in return. Mutual agreements as tool work in both directions. You could offer to maintain a common drive way, the gardens, or something that is important for the landlord, too.


Sign the inspection report only if correct


When signing the move-in or move-out inspection report, make sure everything is recorded correctly to avoid misunderstandings. And ask for a copy, just in case.

Be negotiable


In reality as long as parties talk to each other a solution will not be far away. When a dispute goes to the tenancy tribunal both parties lose control and one party a home.


Remember the TV series “Border Control”


In one  presented case a matured man wanted to pass border control to enter a country to meet his girlfriend. It was touching to see his failing the clearance check because of a conviction in the past. History caught up with him unexpectedly.

The same can happen with outstanding court orders or unpaid traffic fines, etc which can backfire.



Your Take-Away

The tenancy application process is something like boarder control, a chance for you to shine. Use this opportunity, you deserve a bright future.




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