Making a lasting impression with your Renter Resume is a great way to ensure a landlord remembers you during the rental application process.

Applying for a rental property can be as competitive as applying for a dream job, and as a renter, it’s worth approaching your Renter Resume and the application process in much the same way.

In the same way that a CV shows off your best side and helps you stand out, creating a Renter Resume is a solid tactic to boost your chances of application success.

Of course, your Renter Resume is only a starting point in your rental journey, but it can go a long way to help.

Creating a good Renter Resume can go a long way to elevate you as a top applicant. If you’ve read our article on the application process, you’ll know that property managers will typically screen your name against common tenancy databases like NTD and TICA when you apply for a home. But this isn’t the only factor they’ll consider when looking at to determine your suitability.

Not only does your Renter Resume give property managers and landlords some need-to-know detail, but it also shows off your professionalism and responsibility. By submitting your resume, they’ll see you’ve gone the extra step with your application and give them confidence that you’re qualified to live in their rental property.


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Think of your Renter Resume bio like a CV objective

Just like you would in an employment resume, a bio/objective is a 2-3 sentence statement about your rental goals. Your bio should include what you’re looking for in a rental, your long-term goals, and why you’d make a qualified tenant.

Here’s a rough example:

I’ve lived and worked in Melbourne for 12 years. I’m looking to relocate from an apartment to a modest, newer home in a friendly neighbourhood. I’m keen to settle closer to my full-time job as an Occupational Therapist. I’m a responsible tenant and would love to find somewhere to stay for the long term.

What else goes on my Renter Resume?

The basics of your Renter Resume include contact information, your rental history, previous residences and personal references. Avoid using family members, and instead opt for your most recent landlord, work managers or other contacts you’ve met professionally.

You should also include information about your current employer (or explanation of lack thereof) – for example, if you’re a student. If you have pets, add in a Pet Resume too!

The more a property manager knows about you, the better informed they’ll be to select the right person.

This is especially important when renting in a competitive market because listings move fast! If you can’t differentiate yourself at the application stage, you risk missing out on a good home.

Make sure you complete your application in full

No matter what you do, fill out all the details required on your Renter Resume application. The more information you can provide, the better.

No matter how you submit your rental application, you should ensure you provide copies of all your identification documents, proof of income, pay history and proof of employment. Rental reference letters and contact details for your employer are also a great idea.

When searching for properties on Rent.com.au, you’ll see that many property managers have standardised application forms, or they may require you to use 1Form, a free online rental application. You can use your Renter Resume if there’s no requirement to use 1Form to apply. Renter Resume is similar to 1form and very handy if you’re applying for many properties, as it’ll pre-fill your details on subsequent applications.

Tip: While the Renter Resume application can feel lengthy and detailed, you only need to complete it once.

Another great way to ensure you’re prepared for the move is to have your bond money on hand for the day you intend to apply for the property. Knowing you can pay the rental bond immediately upon acceptance is a big tick in your favour.

The final verdict

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to writing your Renter Resume bio. Providing a Renter Resume when applying for a rental home is a great way to stand out in a competitive market. Have your Renter Resume completed and ready to go so you can apply as soon as you’ve found your dream apartment. Search thousands of apartments and houses on Rent.com.au and find your next home today.

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