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“I’ve been applying for properties, but I’m having no luck. Why do I keep getting rejected by every real estate agent and landlord when I apply for a rental property?”

If you’ve started the application process but feel like you’re not getting anywhere, there are a few areas worth checking.

To improve your chance of success, remember to provide a prospective property manager or landlord with as much relevant and useful information as possible.

More often than not, applications can be rejected because of a lack of included information or missing references. Read more about selecting the right references for your next application.

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Do you have poor rental history? If you have been listed on a tenancy database like the National Tenancy Database (NTD) or TICA, you should know – a property manager is required to inform you of their intention to list you. It’s common practice for agents to run a check against your name when you apply for a property.

While property managers/landlords aren’t obliged to provide you with feedback about a failed application, it’s worth trying. Consider sending an email or making a call to ask for feedback/tips on how to improve an application and what you can include next time around to increase your chance of success. You may not get an answer, but it’s worth a try.

Rental applications – Tips to consider:

  • Include your 100 points of identification (ID). This could be things like your passport, your driver’s licence, payslips, bank statements, Centrelink statements or even your Medicare details.
  • Add your Pet Resume if you own a pet
  • Be honest: Ensure the information on your rental application is current and accurate.
  • When you’re ready to add references, give them a courtesy call ahead of time to let them know a prospective property manager or landlord could be calling to do a reference check.

How much do you know about your tenancy history? 

A property manager/landlord will look for two main things during the application approval 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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