In this article, we’ll share our advice on making your rental application stand out from the crowd when you’re applying for a rental property in Manchester.
First, it’s best to speak to the letting agent before applying for the property. Ask specifically what information you’ll need to include in your application and take notes.
Your letting agent will likely know the landlord well, so it can’t hurt to ask if they have any tailored advice about how to make your application stand out.
Sending your application in early is always a good idea. Once you’ve viewed the rental property and told the letting agent you’re interested, they’ll be expecting your application.
The sooner you send it to them, the more serious they’ll think you are – which could help your application get accepted. You can even in some cases apply for a property based on the virtual tour, but confirm with your agent when the tour was created to make sure you’re comfortable with proceeding on this basis.
The worst thing you can do when sending a rental application to a letting agent is to have key information missing. For example, missing references, email addresses that bounce back, absent documents and so on, missing contact details etc.
This can delay the application process and make you appear disorganised to the landlord, so double-check that you’ve included everything before hitting send.
We’ve made our application straight forward but please don’t miss anything out!
Writing a personalised message in your application form to your landlord is an excellent way to make your rental application stand out. Don’t be afraid to sell yourself and highlight all the important things.
We suggest that you:
Introduce yourself with a high-level summary of your living and employment status
Share some details about why you’re interested in the property
Add a polite closing summary
The landlord will looking for the following:
Equal to, or higher rental amount than the asking price
Moving in date close when the property will be available from (this reduces void period with unpaid rent)
Long term tenancy (most landlords are comfortable starting at a 6 month agreement but would prefer long term tenants)