Ready to apply for a rental property? An agent may ask you to provide additional documents to help with the application process.
When you find the perfect home, it’s a good idea to have the proper documents on hand. Being prepared with the necessary documentation will make it easier for a landlord or agent to fast-track your rental application.
While some agents will ask for all of these documents, others will only ask for a few. Your best bet is to have everything on hand so you’re ready for any situation.
Happy house hunting!
What documents will I need to apply for a rental property?
Did you find a place you like on Rent.com.au? Nice work! If you’ve attended an inspection, you may wish to apply to rent the property.
To do this, you’ll need to fill in a rental application form – either through Renter Resume or the agent’s system. You will need your additional documents on hand to complete this step.
- Your identification: Come prepared with photo identification (your driver’s licence or passport), your Medicare card, birth certificate, car registration or health care card.
- Professional/personal references: Ensure you supply names and contact details for people who will give you a positive recommendation. Read more about choosing rental references.
- Provide copies of recent rent receipts/rates notices.
- Include a rental ledger that shows your ability to pay rent regularly and on time.
- Provide copies of previous utility accounts.
- Bank statements and payslips to show proof of income. Payslips could come from your employer or a Centrelink income statement.
Did you know? You can attach all your additional documents to your Renter Resume! Get started at Rent.com.au today.
In most cases, you’ll be required to achieve a minimum of 100 checkpoints before your application is considered.
If you don’t think you will meet the 100 checkpoints, you should speak with the landlord/agent.
Remember: Most agents have access to tenancy databases. These databases show if you have a listing against your name from previous tenancy leases.
Have you been listed on a tenancy database? Be proactive and tell the landlord/agent upfront why this happened. It’s always better to do this in advance.
Using RentCheck takes the stress out of your application, verifying your rental tenancy database record and identification ahead of time to help you jump the queue.
Lauren Vardy is the Content Manager at Rent.com.au, Australia's largest company dedicated to renters (ASX:RNT). Lauren has worked with Rent.com.au since 2015 and manages the Rent.com.au Blog. Formerly a journalist with Fairfax Media and Rural Press, Lauren has worked with multiple media groups in Australia and internationally on a freelance basis through publications including the Esperance Express, Southeast Asia Globe, Colosoul Magazine, The Sunday Times, and more.