Finding a new place to live and completing rental applications can be stressful for many potential renters. However, with a bit of diligence and preparation, the process should go smoothly. The next time you apply to rent a house, use the following do’s and don’ts to guide you through the process.
Prove you can afford the rental property.
A major part of the application process is proof of income. Your potential landlord wants to be sure you can afford the rent before they approve you for your new home. Give proof of your employment history or your small business’s financial standing if you are self-employed. Call your payroll department and give them permission to release your salary information to the property manager when they call.
Choose reliable references.
A valuable reference is one who has known you in a professional capacity and who can confidently articulate why you will be a responsible tenant. You may want to choose a previous work connection over a friend who may not be quite sure what to say. You should also let all your references know that you have listed them on your applications, so the call doesn’t come as a surprise.
Leave part of the application blank.
If there is a portion of the rental application that you don’t think will make the property manager look favorably upon you, don’t leave it blank. Neglecting to fill out certain questions will only force the landlord to do extra work to find the answers you haven’t provided. The entire process will be much quicker if you clearly print all your answers and include copies of supporting documents with the application when you are trying to rent a house.
Wait until the last minute.
If there are other applicants who can prove their financial solvency and have a full list of references, the landlord may give the rental to the first person who turned in an application. Make sure you get your paperwork in as soon as possible to increase your odds of being selected.
If you need to rent a house, contact the professionals at David McDonald Rentals in Hinesville, GA. This family-owned property management company has been providing affordable rental houses to Liberty County residents for more than 28 years. The company has more than 160 properties around the Hinesville and Fort Stewart area from which you can choose. Browse the list of available accommodations online or call (912) 368-9218 to speak with a representative.