Finding the right place can be tough under the best of circumstances, and it gets considerably more so when you aren’t 100% prepared. Here’s what you can do to personalise your Renter Resume for go-time.
Your Renter Resume is an easy-to-read renting profile to share with any landlord. It includes your employment and income info, rental history, and references – everything a landlord needs to say yes.
To get the most out of your next rental property application, here are a few tips from Rent.com.au:
1. Introduce yourself
Life’s better with a friendly introduction. Use your Renter Resume basic info and Bio section to include a short introduction about yourself and add a profile photo.
Just like an employment resume (or your LinkedIn profile), your bio should include a couple of sentences about you, what you’re looking for in a rental, and why you would make the perfect tenant.
Example: Hi, I’m Kate, a 28-year-old professional looking for a modest apartment in a quiet and friendly neighbourhood. I’m neat, friendly and responsible and have rented in the Carlton area for nearly 4 years. I’m a veterinary assistant and have been in full-time employment in my current role for the last 3 years. When I’m not working, I spend my time working in the garden, taking yoga and enjoy travelling.
2. Share your Renter Resume with any landlord/agent
When you’re ready to look for your next place, you can share your Renter Resume profile with any landlord/agent when you send an enquiry/application. Your profile goes wherever you go. Used your Renter Resume before and ready to move again? Editing/updating your details is simple. Just log into your Rent.com.au account and click My Renter Resume to start editing.
Have you downloaded the new Rent.com.au app? The great news is you can download your Renter Resume as a PDF to send along with your application form when you apply for a property using the app, to help you get the edge.
3. You’re in charge of your resume
It’s worth putting the effort into filling out your profile completely the first time. Fill your Renter Resume out once, and feel free to update it anytime.
Your information is safe too – only people who you share your profile with (i.e a prospective landlord/agent) will be able to see what you’ve included.
4. Don’t forget your references
In the same way that an employer would look to references for recommendations on your work behaviour, a prospective landlord/agent will use your references to help determine if you will make a good tenant for a property. You can provide reference contact information in your Renter Resume by clicking the Personal References tab. Specify the relationship you have with your reference (i.e friend, work colleague or associate), their name and contact number. If you have a letter of recommendation to include with your Renter Resume, you can add this in the Supporting Documents section. Here’s a link to an article on choosing the best rental references.
5. Honesty is the best policy
We get it, everyone comes from different backgrounds. If your tenancy history is not the best, or you know that certain information will be revealed in a screening procedure, get on the front-foot with your application. Consider having an in-person conversation with a landlord/agent beforehand – you’ll find that a good landlord will value your honesty and appreciate you sharing your rental history. If you can explain your turnaround (say from a history of rental arrears) and the steps you’re taking towards a successful tenancy moving forward, they may be more open to renting to you.
6. Add in additional documents to support your application
If you have a letter of recommendation from a reference, some income verification or a past tenancy ledger as supporting documentation, you can add this to your Renter Resume in the Supporting Documents section.
Tip: Sending a Renter Resume to a landlord/agent when you apply for your next rental property is a fantastic way to stand out in the crowd, especially in a competitive rental market, but it’s not a guarantee that you’ll be approved. The landlord/agent will still run through the rental application process and that may include tenant screening procedures or a credit/background check.
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