Are you tired of having your rental applications rejected? It can be discouraging, but don’t lose hope.

Let’s explore how to increase your chances of being approved for a rental property.

What is the primary reason for rental applications being denied in Australia?

There are several common reasons why rental applications get rejected in Australia, including unstable income or job, pet ownership, poor rental history, insufficient references, and not making enough money to meet the landlord’s requirements.

Additionally, competition for rental properties can play a role in application rejection.

Rental applications – Tips to consider:

How does pet ownership impact my likelihood of being approved for a rental property?

Finding a pet-friendly rental property in Australia can be challenging. However, landlords may allow pets if you ask upfront about their pet policy.

Unless you live in Western Australia where pet bonds are currently required, consider offering a pet bond to demonstrate your responsibility and willingness to take on additional risks. This shows your commitment to your pet and can give the landlord peace of mind. It can also help sweeten the deal and convince the landlord to give you a chance.

Don’t lose hope! With patience and persistence, you can find a rental property that welcomes pets and is perfect for you and your furry friend.

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Do tenants with a poor rental history or a listing on a tenancy database face more difficulties in getting approved for a rental property?

If you have a spotty rental record or are listed on a tenancy database in Australia, it may be difficult to get approved for a rental property. Landlords may hesitate to rent to tenants with past issues like late rent or property damage, but it’s not impossible.

If you find yourself in this situation, you may want to take additional measures to demonstrate your responsibility and dependability. One approach could be to provide references from prior landlords who can attest to your character and reliability.

Tenancy databases should only include major breaches of agreements, such as unpaid rent or property damage. You can request a copy and dispute incorrect information if you believe you’ve been wrongly listed.

If you have a poor rental history, property managers must inform you of their intention to list you on a tenancy database like the NTD or TICA. Being proactive and staying informed can improve your chances of finding a rental property, even with a database listing.

How does the number of rental property applicants affect your chances of being approved?

The number of rental applicants greatly affects approval chances in Australia. Standing out among multiple applicants is challenging, but fewer applicants increase the chance of being chosen.

However, landlords and property managers consider more than just the number of applicants. A strong application with rental history, income, and references can improve chances, even with many other applicants.

Although landlords and property managers are not obligated to provide feedback on a failed application, it is still worth reaching out to them to ask for feedback or tips on improving your application for future reference. You can try emailing or calling them. You may not receive a response, but it is worth a try.

How much do you know about your tenancy history?

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  1. Is it really necessary to inspect the house or apartment before sending your application? I believe you can still send your application even if there are no inspection times available, as per the agency’s reply in their email.

  2. Include a tenancy ledger as well, to prove that you have paid your rent on time every time (well, I assume so!), especially if you run a small business and have less consistent proof of income than a fortnightly payslip.