3 tips for first-time tenants
Moving into your very first rental property can be an exciting time. Whether you have just relocated to the country or are looking to leave home, the feeling of living somewhere brand new in a place you can call your own is an enjoyable one.
However, as a first time tenant you might think there could be a few hurdles in your way before you rent a house.
Provide great character references
How do you apply for a property without having a rental history? This is an issue many first-time renters see as a barrier to the rental property of their dreams. However, a few good words from some friends, work mates or family members can definitely be of help. References can go a long way in proving you have a good character and will be a stellar tenant for the home you're applying for.
If you have been living with family members, ask them if they would be happy to act as a character reference in support of your application. Alternatively, if you have been boarding at a property, you could ask the owner of the home to provide a reference.
While this person may not be able to comment on your ability to pay rent on time, he or she will likely have a say on how neat and tidy you are, your living habits, if you have pets and whether you'd be a great fit for the rental home.
Don't forget to include at least three references that aren't from family members in your application, too.
Give them your boss's number
It's all good and well to be neat and tidy, but you'll need to have the funds to meet rent every week, too. By supplying your employer's number in your application, you can show you have a stable job and will have no trouble making rent payments.
Your employer can also contribute to your character reference and whether you're reliable, punctual and trustworthy.
Think about co-signing the lease
Another option to consider is to get your lease co-signed by a relative or friend. This can help provide more support for your application in the event of a default on your behalf. A co-signer is liable for paying the rent for your property if you aren't able to, but he or she will also take on the responsibility for the home.
This means they could be the one footing the bill to pay for damage, so you'll need to find someone happy to sign the agreement with you.