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“Why do I keep getting rejected by every real estate agent when I apply for a rental property?”

Property Manager with Harcourts Integrity, Sarah Bahn offers her advice on this common question:

“When you put in your application, I always recommend providing as much information as possible,” Sarah said.

Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Include your 100 points of ID (passport, drivers licence etc), payslips, bank statements, Centrelink statement and pet resume (If you’re applying with an animal).
  • Be honest: Make sure all the information in your application is current and accurate.
  • Let your references know that the agent will be calling.

“You may be getting rejected because of lack of information or lack of references. Have you previously been listed on Tenancy Databases such as TICA or the National Tenancy Database before?” Sarah said.

If you have a poor previous rental history, you may be listed on one of these databases which Property Managers search prior to approving your application.

“While we don’t have to provide any feedback to you regarding your application you can always call up and ask us for feedback or tips on how to improve your application and what to include in your next application to increase your chances of securing a property,” Sarah said.

How much do you know about your tenancy history? 

Your landlord or agent is looking for two key things when they screen you in the application process: your ability to pay the rent, and your track record in looking after a property. Thankfully, there are a number of things you can do to simplify and speed up this process. Use these hot tips to help secure your dream home.


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  1. Is it really necessary to inspect the house or apartment first before sending your appllication as I believe you can send your application without any inspection necessary if there is no inspection times available as this was their reply emailed from the agency