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How to Make Your Rental Application Stand Out

Portsmouth Tenant Filling Out a Paper Rental ApplicationApplying for a Portsmouth single-family rental can be overwhelming. There are usually many applicants for the best properties, and the competition can be fierce! How do you make your rental application stand out among so many other applicants vying for the same rental house? It’s not easy, but following these guidelines will increase your chances of approval.

Be Prepared

First and foremost, keep in mind that your landlord is looking for a good tenant. This means you should have all of your paperwork in order before applying. Your rental history, employment verification, and references are all included. Before you fill out the application, ask the landlord any important questions you may have.

Be Honest

Next, carefully and thoroughly complete the application. Include everything requested, and double-check for errors. If you attempt to conceal or omit information, it will likely come back to haunt you in the future. The Portsmouth property managers are searching for a dependable and trustworthy individual, so be sure to demonstrate these qualities!

Highlight Your Strengths

Be sure to highlight your strengths as a tenant in addition to being honest. Mention it on the application if you have a good rental history, handyman skills, or excellent references. If feasible, provide one or two reference letters. Whatever you can do to set yourself apart from the other applicants will help you!

Offer a Longer Lease

Most landlords of single-family homes desire stability. When a tenant moves in or out, the landlord incurs expenses that they likely would prefer to avoid. Applying for a longer lease is one way to show your stability as a tenant. If you’re ready to accept a lease for 18 months or even two years, the landlord will see that you’re not just looking for a temporary home.

Be Flexible with Move-In Date

If you have your heart set on a specific move-in date, be sure to include several choices on your application. This will prove to the landlord that you are flexible and willing to accommodate their needs. It is always favorable to be somewhat flexible rather than rigid.

Be Polite

Finally, communicate with the landlord or property manager with courtesy and professionalism. Ensure that you make a positive impression, as they will likely meet with several applicants. Thank them for their time while being cordial and respectful. They will remember how you treated them, and it may be the deciding factor in whether you are approved or not.

Following these guidelines won’t necessarily mean that your application will be accepted, but it can’t hurt! The most important thing is to stay positive and confident.

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