by Domain Property Agents, June  24, 2017 



Are you serious about securing a rental property in a place you love? If the answer is yes, there are simple things you can do to secure your dream home.


Make your own rental application kit


After a few inspections, you will start to notice that most real estate agents ask for similar information. Rather than be annoyed by the repetitive questions, you can take this as an opportunity to create your own rental application kit.


Types of information you may be asked for can include:


  • Verification of employment
  • Verification of income (this could be a letter from your employer, payment stubs, etc.)
  • Personal and professional references e.g. a flatmate, former landlord, employer etc.
  • Photo identification - driver's licence/passport/student ID
  • Last gas/electricity/phone bill or rates notice


If you have this information ready, you can file applications more quickly and put yourself ahead of other candidates.


Fill in your application before the inspection


Depending on where you are looking to live the rental market can be competitive, getting your paperwork done before you go to an inspection can give you an edge, meaning you can leave your application form with the real estate agent on the day.


No rental history, no problem


Everyone has a first time they do something and renting is no different so don’t let not having a rental history turn you off.


The most important thing to demonstrate in a rental application is that you have the ability to meet your repayments. If you can do this and you have good references, you should be in with a strong chance of securing the property you are interested in leasing.


Things you should get from your new landlord/ real estate agent


When you do agree to lease a property, you will want to make sure you get the right information from your new landlord or real estate agent.


Information an individual in NSW usually receives:


  • Copy of the residential tenancy agreement
  • Copy of the bond lodgement form
  • Condition report - original and copies - to be checked, completed and signed, then returned to the office in the required time frame
  • Receipt for initial rent amount, lease fees and bond
  • Photocopy of all keys and remote controls (if any)
  • Emergency contact details
  • Information on renting in NSW


If you feel like you don’t get the information or forms you need, make sure to follow it up with your agent as soon as possible.




General disclaimer: The information contained in website is general information only and does not constitute legal, financial or compliance advice. As the laws relating to rental applications  may have changed we recommend you check with the relevant State or Territory government department. We also recommend that you obtain your own independent legal advice about matters relating to landlord obligations, tenant rights and any legal disputes you may have with a tenant(s).