rental history victimised

“It feels like people without a rental history are victimised. Surely the most important thing is a person’s credit history?” – Tenant, WA

We asked the former director at Rent Choice, Caroline Nurse, for her advice:

“I understand that it can be difficult for first-time tenants to gain rental history,” Caroline said.

“Although your credit history is important, the agency will need to ascertain that you can cover the rent given your current circumstances and care for the property.”

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Caroline said a few things could assist first-time renters and build a good rapport with the agency that needs to assess the application.

  1. “A cover letter can be very effective in communicating your current situation and why you are looking for a rental property, whether you are moving out of a family home, sold your property or new to the area,” she said.
  2. “Within the cover letter you could also provide information about your ability to cover rent, such as your current employment situation and future prospects.”
  3. “If you are involved with any community based activities you could also mention your memberships or role to show you are an active/respected person within your area,” Caroline said.

Understanding why references are required will help you tailor your rental application accordingly, even if you’ve never rented before. Check out this blog post for first-time renters

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Caroline Nurse
Caroline Nurse

Caroline Nurse was the Director of Rent Choice in West Perth, Western Australia. Caroline worked in the property industry for more than 13 years. Her background included property investment, residential rentals, real estate sales, residential land development, new home construction and renovation. Caroline held a Triennial Certificate as a Real Estate Licensee and completed a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Project Management. She has previously worked with Terranovis as a Development Manager.