Looking for a property on rent.com.au? Here’s how to navigate the search and application process from start to finish.

1. Start your search

To start your rental property search, open www.rent.com.au. Enter the suburb/s or postcodes where you would be happy to rent a home. Consider adding some surrounding suburbs to build up your search results. By expanding your search, you’ll get a feel for the type of properties in your preferred areas.  

2. Filter your search results

Hit Search, then use the filters to narrow the search results to properties that best suit your needs. You can filter on things like property type (houses, apartment units, townhouses, etc.), the price per week (minimum/maximum), bedrooms (1+, 2+, 3+, etc.), bathrooms and more. Tip: Don’t go overboard on filters – some listings don’t have all information built-in, and you could accidentally filter out the perfect home for you. If you have time, create a saved search or rental alert so you can come back and check when new properties go live on rent.com.au.  

3. Send a property enquiry

Found a property you like and want more information or to set up a viewing time? Send an enquiry on rent.com.au by clicking the Enquire button. You can use this section to send a message to the property manager. If you’d prefer to make a phone call, you can also see their phone number in this section. Take note of the property manager’s name and number for future reference.  

4. Find a suitable viewing time

Once your enquiry is received, the property manager or landlord will contact you with the next available times to view the property.

5. View the property in person.

There are many good reasons to ensure you attend a rental viewing in person. The property viewing is your opportunity to ask questions and see the rental for yourself, outside of the listing photos. Is it the right place for you? If not, keep searching!

6. How does the agent want you to apply?

Love the property? Fantastic. Have a conversation with the property manager/landlord at the viewing (or by follow-up phone call or email) about their preferred application method. You will generally encounter a mix of three ways: 1form, the agent’s application, or a rent.com.au Renter Resume. In most cases, you can apply online via rent.com.au, and your Renter Resume will pre-fill an application.

7. Do you need help with upfront costs?

If you’re approved for a property, make sure you’re ready with the rental bond (typically four weeks of rent) and the rent in advance payment (two weeks of rent). If you’d like a short-term loan to help cover your bond and moving costs between rentals (with a 21-day interest-free option), RentBond can help. Click here for more information.

8. Missed out? Don’t be discouraged

If your rental application was not successful, don’t take it too personally. There are many reasons you might not be a successful applicant for a property – and high demand can play a part! Consider asking the property manager/landlord for feedback on your application. Some will be willing to give you this, while others won’t. Don’t give up – keep searching!  

9. Once you’re approved

Have you been approved for a rental? Congratulations! Your new property manager/landlord will be in touch to discuss the process going forward. They’ll give you information about signing your lease, your Property Condition Report, when the bond is due, your move-in date, etc.   

10. Ready to move?

Once you have a move-in date sorted, get connected! If you want to connect your gas and electricity, but can’t be bothered with the ring-around, rent.com.au can have you connected ready for your move-in date. If you’d like help, visit RentConnect. Bonus: Sign up to our AGL offer, and you’ll get a $100 Gift Card once you’re connected for 30 days.