Posted on: 6 April 2016
When you apply to rent a house, you are already likely to be facing competition from others who are also interested in the home. However, when you move to a new country, you have no rental history behind you, and this may make some property managers hesitant to consider you as a tenant. However, there are two main ways you can encourage landlords and their agents that you are a good rental risk. You just need to be prepared before you jump on the plane to head to Australia.
Time zone differences can make it frustrating for property managers to verbally check on references from your previous landlord so before leaving your current country, it pays to get written references that you can present to them.
Make sure your current landlord includes the length of time you rented from them, the promptness with which you paid your rent and the fabulous condition you left the property in when you left. This will answer the main questions an Australian property manager wants to know about. Also, include a contact telephone number for your old landlord in case the property manager does decide they want to follow up the letter with a phone call.
Additionally, a written reference from your new employer confirming your starting salary and start date will also help to confirm to a property manager that you have income lined up to cover the rent.
Rent Up Front
In most states, there is a limit of how much bond can be charged by the property manager or landlord. In Queensland, for example, the bond cannot be more than 4 weeks rent if the rental price is under $700 per week. Therefore, offering to increase the amount of the bond paid is against the state law.
However, if you wish to show your property manager you are a worthwhile tenant, consider offering to pay three or six months rent up front. This gives the property manager peace of mind that you are not going to skip out on the rent the minute the lease is signed. However, if you do decide to go down this route, make sure you get a receipt for the money paid so there is no chance of a dispute with the property manager at a later date.
When you move to a new country, it is always wise to rent first until you know exactly where you want to live. These tips will help you to convince a property manager you are the best tenant for their rental, and hopefully you will be moving into your new home shortly afterwards. For more information, contact a business such as Verse Property Group.Share