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How to Make Your Rental Application Stand Out

Long Island Tenant Filling Out a Paper Rental ApplicationApplying for a Long Island single-family rental might be intimidating. The best properties often have a large number of applicants, and it can get pretty competitive! With so many applicants competing for the same rental house, how do you make sure your rental application stands out? It’s hard, but you’ll have the best chance of being approved with these tips!

Be Prepared

To start with, take note that the landlord is aiming for a quality tenant. This means that you should have all of your paperwork in order before filling out the application. This includes your rental history, employment verification, and references. Before filling out the application, ask the landlord any relevant questions.

Be Honest

After that, take the time to fill out the application completely and accurately. Incorporate everything that is asked for, and be sure to proofread it for any inconsistencies. If you seek to hide anything or omit information, it will likely come back to bite you later. The Long Island property manager is aiming for someone responsible and honest, so make sure you demonstrate that!

Highlight Your Strengths

Besides being honest, remember to highlight your strengths as a tenant. If you have a good rental history, handyman skills, or great references, mention it on the application. Provide a reference letter or two, if possible. Anything that makes you stand out from the other applicants will work in your favor!

Offer a Longer Lease

The majority of single-family rental landlords are looking for stability. Whenever a tenant moves in or out, that process costs the landlord money they probably don’t want to spend. One tactic to demonstrate that you’re a stable tenant is to offer a longer lease. If you’re eager to sign a lease for 18 months or even two years, the landlord will know you’re not simply looking for a place to crash for a few months.

Be Flexible with Move-In Date

While you may have your heart set on a specific move-in date, be sure to provide a variety of dates on your application. This will prove to the landlord that you’re flexible and ready to work around their schedule. It’s usually preferable to be a little bit flexible than inflexible.

Be Polite

Finally, be polite and professional while dealing with the landlord or property manager.  You need to leave a good impression since they will most likely be meeting with other applicants. Be kind and polite, and thank them for their time. They will remember how you treated them, and it could make the difference between getting approved or not.

Ultimately, following these tips doesn’t guarantee that your application will be accepted, but it certainly can’t hurt! The most important thing is to remain positive and be confident in yourself.


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