“How can I apply for a rental without viewing it? Is that possible? I work full time and can’t make viewings during the day” – Catherine
Catherine, we asked Senior Property Manager at Nicholas Lynch Rentals, Heidi Sparks whether it was possible to apply for a rental without viewing it first.
“Unfortunately, most agencies have the same policy which is that they will not approve an application if you have not physically inspected the property,” Heidi said.
“It is too risky to allow someone to rent a property sight unseen as too much could go wrong.
Heidi suggests that if you cannot make it during the week, find out whether they are holding a Saturday open you could make.
“If not, if you have a family member or friend who can view it on your behalf, they will allow this,” she said.
If you’re unable to view the rental property yourself because you’re working or you don’t live locally, you should ask a friend, colleague or family member to inspect the property for you. Worst comes the worst, consider booking accommodation for a night before the inspections in the city you’re moving to. You can arrange the inspections for the day you arrive, decide on the one you like and send in your application.
Want to apply for a rental property without viewing it first? A real estate agent may ask you to attend an inspection before you submit your rental application – and these restrictions may well be a blessing in disguise.
There are many reasons a real estate agent will impose a rule on viewing properties before you apply. This is why.
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