Reader Question: 

“How can I apply for a rental property without doing a viewing? Is that possible? I work full time and can’t make viewings during the day” – Catherine

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Applying for a rental without viewing it

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 site 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.

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Heidi Sparks
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Heidi, a Licensed Estate Agent has over fifteen years experience in the Real Estate industry encompassing all aspects of property management including both residential and commercial property management.