Ever wondered why some people find it easier to get a rental property than others? At Connect Realty we pride ourselves on managing quality properties across Tauranga, Papamoa and Mt Maunganui, and having quality tenants in them. That means we vet all potential tenants to make sure we find the right candidate for the homes we manage.
If you are finding it difficult to get accepted by rental agencies, or keep missing out on the best homes available, then we have some top tips that may just help.
Property Managers and landlords like to see references. Make sure you choose referees who are in respected positions (e.g. landlord, employer, community group leader). Friends or family, no matter how much they love you, do not make good referees. We recommend getting a reference every time you vacate a home, and keep these for each new landlord or property manager to see. Provide contact details and make sure they know they may be called.
Having a pet means you will be limited in which properties you can rent. If you don’t have them already then we recommend not getting a pet as it makes it very hard to get a property. The main reasons are potential damage from accidents inside, pet fur and/or hair in carpet and mess they can cause around the outside of a property. Even if your current landlord is ok with pets, your next one may not be so keen.
We recommend that you consider quitting. There are few landlords or property managers who are happy to place tenants in a home when they are smokers. Smoking inside properties causes lots of problems, especially smell. There are free online quit programmes that can help you, and local support groups as well. Some apartment complexes also ban smoking from balconies and decks.
Appearance & Attitude
The saying goes you can tell a lot about a person by the way they present themselves. If you want to impress property managers or landlords then we recommend you turn up on time, dress nicely, and be honest. Property managers and landlords are busy people too, they don’t want to wait around for applicants who don’t show the courtesy of showing up on time.
At Connect Realty we strive to be open and honest to all applicants and tenants, and if we suspect you are not telling the truth we will not rent to you. So be open and honest during the application process. Provide all the information asked for. The more thorough you are, the more seriously your application will be considered.
We also recommend that you ask questions. The rental relationship has to work two ways. You need to be able to communicate with the landlord, and they with you. If you ask questions you will both be able to better assess how that relationship might go.
If you’re looking for a rental property in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui or Papamoa then have a look through our properties for rent tab on our website – https://www.connectrealty.co.nz/properties-for-rent. If you see a property you are interested in viewing please phone for the address. We will walk you through our application process from there.