Documents you need to apply for a rental property in Australia

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 right 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 prepared for any situation.

Happy house hunting!

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What documents will I need to apply for a rental property?

Did you find a place you like on 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, your birth certificate, car registration or health care card.
  • Professional/personal references: Be prepared to supply names and contact details for people who will give you a positive recommendation. Read more about choosing rental references.
  • Copies of recent rent receipts/rates notices.
  • A tenancy or rental ledger that shows your ability to pay rent regularly and on time.
  • 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! To get started, visit

In most instances, you will be required to achieve a minimum of 100 checkpoints before your application will be considered.

If you don’t think you will be able to 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.

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Lauren Vardy
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Lauren Vardy is author behind the Blog, a site built to help renters find a home and navigate their renting journey. She is the Content Manager at Outside of work, she dabbles in all things health, fitness and houseplants.