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How to Make Your Rental Application Stand Out

Chickamauga Tenant Filling Out a Paper Rental ApplicationApplying for a Chickamauga single-family rental can seem difficult. The best properties usually have a lot of applicants, and can become fairly competitive! With as many applicants competing for the same rental house, how do you ensure your rental application stands out? It’s not simple, but you’ll have the best chance of being approved with these tips!

Be Prepared

Number one, bear in mind that the landlord is considering a great tenant. This means you should have all of your paperwork in order before filling out the application. This involves your rental history, employment verification, and references. If you have any significant problems, ask the landlord before filling out the application.

Be Honest

Then, take time to fill out the application completely and accurately. Cover everything that is asked for, and be sure to proofread it for any mistakes. If you attempt to hide anything or omit information, it will have a tendency to come back to bite you later. The Chickamauga property manager is looking for someone responsible and honest, so make certain that’s what you show them!

Highlight Your Strengths

Apart from being honest, don’t forget to highlight your strengths as a tenant. If you have a great rental history, handyman skills, or wonderful references, mention it on the application. Include a reference letter or two, if you can. All that makes you stand out from the other applicants will work in your favor!

Offer a Longer Lease

Most single-family rental landlords are looking for stability. Whenever a tenant moves in or out, that procedure costs the landlord money they probably don’t want to spend. One possible way to show that you’re a stable tenant is to offer a longer lease. If you’re willing to sign a lease for 18 months or even two years, it will be evidence for the landlord that you’re not just looking for a place to crash for a few months.

Be Flexible with Move-In Date

While you might have your heart set on a specific move-in date, be sure to list a few different dates on your application. This will show the landlord that you’re flexible and willing to work with their schedule. It’s always better to be a little bit flexible than inflexible.

Be Polite

Ultimately, be polite and professional when interacting with the landlord or property manager.  They will likely be meeting with several applicants, so you want to make sure you leave a good impression. Be friendly and respectful, and thank them for their time. They will remember how you treated them, and it could make the difference between getting approved or not.

Ultimately, following these tips doesn’t guarantee that your application will be accepted, but it certainly can’t hurt! The most important thing is to remain positive and be confident in yourself.


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