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How to smash a rental application

By George Hadgelias

The rental application process can be pretty arduous, but with the right tools and knowledge, you’ll find yourself in your dream rental in no time.

So if you’ve inspected the property and are ready to take the next step to making it yours, here’s how to nail a rental application.

Create a 1form account

First up, and most importantly, create a 1form account. This brilliantly simple online form sets you up with a renter profile, making it super easy to apply for not just one dream home but several.

Make sure your profile takes centre stage by providing this key information…

Identify your best self

You need 100 points of ID. They must be valid, in digital format and, in some cases, legally witnessed and stamped.

Include your rental history

Agents simply love a nose through your rental past to see that you’ll be a reliable tenant.

They may contact the referees you add to your 1form, so make sure you give these referees the heads-up so they are aware of the upcoming call from the property manager.

If you’re a complete renting newbie, mum, dad or your main guardian may have to sign on as a guarantor.

Write a great cover letter

A good cover letter is the best way to sell yourself, especially if you’re a bit light on rental history and glowing references.

Applying with a housemate? Make sure you link your 1form account to your housemates’ profiles so the property manager has everything in one place.

Submit your application ASAP

Good rentals fly off the market in a flash, so be speedy in submitting your application.

Make sure you follow up

Give the agent a quick call and politely let them know that you’ve applied.

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