Applying for a rental property can be as competitive as applying for a dream job, and as a renter, it’s worth approaching your Renter Resume and the application process in much the same way.
Just as a polished CV highlights your qualifications to help you stand out in a pool of applicants, a Renter Resume detailing your qualifications as an outstanding future tenant can make you stand out in your local rental market.
Of course, your Renter Resume is a starting point to begin the rental journey. A landlord/property manager should always conduct a thorough tenant screening on all potential tenants, but having a strong Renter Resume can elevate top applicants in this process.
Not only does a Renter Resume offer need-to-know information for your prospective landlord/property manager, but it also shows professionalism and responsibility by taking that extra step to go above and beyond with your application.
Stand out from the crowd
A Renter Resume acts as a ‘pitch’ that can catch a landlord/property manager’s attention with a well-written summary about your renting experience, housing needs and references.
The more landlords or property managers know about you (the rental applicant), the better informed they’ll be to select the right person for the lease. In a competitive market, rental listings come off the market quickly, so it’s easy to miss out on your dream home or even an individual room if you’re not able to differentiate yourself.
Adding a Bio (objective statement) to your resume
A well-written Renter Resume bio gives landlords/property managers a feel for who you are as a rental applicant and what you’re about. Just like a job CV, the Bio section on your Renter Resume is a 2-3 sentence statement about your goals when you’re looking for a new rental. Your bio should include what you’re looking for in a rental. what your long-term goals are, and why you’re a qualified tenant.
“I have lived and worked in Melbourne for the last 12 years. I’m a Occupational Therapist where I’ve been employed for the last four years. When I’m not working, I enjoy running and playing social netball. As a young working professional, I’m looking for a low-maintenance home in a quiet and safe neighbourhood. I’m a responsible tenant and would love to find somewhere to stay for the long-term.”
You can use this bio space to explain how you’re the best fit for the property, backed up with information about your experience taking care of previous rental properties/your own home, while also showing your enthusiasm and motivation for applying for the property.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to writing your Bio. Providing a Renter Resume when applying for a rental home is a great way to stand out in a competitive market, but it’s not a guarantee you’ll be approved for the property. The landlord/property manager may still run through a complete rental application process that should involve more detailed tenant screening procedures.