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How to Make Your Rental Application Stand Out

Latham Tenant Filling Out a Paper Rental ApplicationApplying for a Latham single-family rental can seem daunting. The best properties oftentimes have a lot of applicants, and it can get rather competitive! With multiple applicants competing for the same rental house, how do you make sure your rental application stands out? It’s not simple, but you’ll have the best chance of being approved with these tips!

Be Prepared

First, determine that the landlord is looking for a pleasing tenant. This indicates that you should have all of your paperwork in order before filling out the application. This includes your rental history, employment verification, and references. If you have any essential inquiries, ask the landlord before filling out the application.

Be Honest

Next, take the time to fill out the application completely and accurately. Incorporate everything that is asked for, and be sure to proofread it for any blunders. If you try to conceal anything or omit information, it will probably come back to bite you later. The Latham property manager is looking for someone responsible and honest, so make sure that’s what you show them!

Highlight Your Strengths

Apart from being honest, be sure to highlight your strengths as a tenant. If you have a good rental history, handyman skills, or great references, mention it on the application. Include a reference letter or two, if you can. Anything that makes you stand out from the other applicants will work in your favor!

Offer a Longer Lease

Most single-family rental landlords are looking for stability. Whenever a tenant moves in or out, that process costs the landlord money they almost certainly don’t want to spend. One way to show that you’re a stable tenant is to offer a longer lease. If you’re willing to sign a lease for 18 months or even two years, it will show the landlord that you’re not just looking for a place to crash for a few months.

Be Flexible with Move-In Date

Though you may have your heart set up on a specific move-in date, remember to register several different dates on your application. This will show the landlord that you’re flexible and willing to work with their schedule. It is always better to be a little bit flexible than inflexible.

Be Polite

In the end, be polite and professional when cooperating with the landlord or property manager.  They will have a tendency to be meeting with a number of applicants, so you want to make sure you leave a good impression. Be pleasant and considerate, and thank them for their time. They will remember how you treated them, and it could make the difference between getting approved or not.

Ultimately, following these tips doesn’t guarantee that your application will be accepted, but it certainly can’t hurt! The most important thing is to remain positive and be confident in yourself.


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