Finding the right home can be tough under the best of circumstances, and even more so when you’re not 100% prepared. Use these tips to get your Renter Resume in the best shape possible for your move.
Here are a few tips to help you improve your Renter Resume to get the most out of your next rental property application.
Introduce yourself in the bio
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. Here are some tips on the importance of your Bio.
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.
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Share your Renter Resume with a landlord/property manager
When you’re ready to start your rental search, you can share your Renter Resume profile with any landlord/property manager when you send an enquiry or 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? You can download your Renter Resume as a .pdf file to send with your application form when applying for a property using the app. It will help to give you an edge!
Remember, you’re in charge of your Renter Resume.
It’s worth putting 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. Your data is only shared with a prospective landlord/property manager when you send it to them in an enquiry or application.
Don’t forget to include references
In the same way that an employer would look to references for recommendations on your work behaviour, a prospective landlord/property manager will use your references to 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.
Honesty is the best policy.
Everyone comes from different backgrounds. If your tenancy history is not the best, or you know that screening will reveal certain information, get on the front foot with your application.
Consider having an in-person conversation with a landlord/property manager 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.
Add in additional documents to support your application
If you have a letter of recommendation from a reference, some income verification or a past rental/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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