The rental market is booming in cities and towns across the country, which means it can be difficult to find a place to live, let alone score the apartment or townhouse of your dreams.
But those sought-after properties need to go to someone, right? Here are a few ways you can improve your chances of being the lucky one to win the rental lottery wherever you live.
Whenever we’re faced with a decision that has multiple options, we’re often likely to choose the path of least resistance. The same is true of landlords, and you can use it to your advantage.
When you contact the landlord or rental company to schedule a showing, ask what documents are required to move forward with the rental. This typically includes a credit report, references, and pay stubs.
Come to the showing with the required documents in hand so you can move on to the next step as soon as you decide you like the place. If the landlord does not have to wait, they are less likely to show it to other renters while you gather your documents.
The Personality Game
In a market where money is not an object for renters, personality plays a much more significant role in a landlord’s decision. Even when finances are a factor, landlords still like to know that their property is being rented to someone who is going to care for it and give it the respect it deserves.
Show your interest in the property by asking questions during the showing and telling the landlord about yourself. Be honest here — remember that this person will be checking your credit report and employment history! Getting caught in a lie is a surefire way to lose to another renter.
After the showing, follow up to thank the property owner or rental company for their time and reiterate your interest in being the unit’s next renter. As with a lot of things in life, a little kindness can go a long way and give you the extra edge you need.