How can I make my rental application stand out?
Here are eight ways on how to win a rental application.
- Make sure you have all the correct documentation.
- Save time and apply online.
- Get your housemates into gear.
- Be on time to inspections.
- Be presentable at the inspection.
- Be reasonable and pleasant on the day of the inspection.
- Follow up.
How do landlords choose between tenants?
The simple answer is yes. Landlords have the right to choose the most qualified applicant as long as the decision is based on legitimate business reasons, such as sufficient income or credit score. The decision should be compliant with fair housing laws as well.
Do landlords really call previous landlords?
Calling your rental applicant’s previous landlords for a reference is standard practice in tenant screening. But if your applicant has a poor relationship with the landlord references, you might find a fake reference on the rental application.
Is lying on a rental application illegal?
It is not illegal to lie on a rental application unless your signatures under penalty of perjury. It may, however, serve as the basis for an eviction.
Are bank statements required for renting?
Landlords can’t withhold the information they used, such as a credit report, that caused you to be denied a rental agreement. Landlords can ask for information such as pay stubs or bank account statements to prove that you are able to afford the rent. Landlords can’t force you to provide this information.
Do I have to let my landlord take pictures?
No. You don’t have to let your personal belongings be photographed. You’re welcome to move them out of the way during the photography. Your lease most likely requires you to cooperate with the sale as far as showings, photography, etc.
Can a landlord videotape you?
Landlords cannot use cameras to track a tenant’s personal life. Pointing cameras at a tenant’s private space can be a breach of a tenant’s quiet enjoyment, or tenant harassment. Thus, landlords can justify placing cameras in common areas. Common areas include hallways, laundry rooms, and shared entryways.
What can a landlord do during an inspection?
For a basic inspection, landlords need to check under sinks, check the smoke detectors, replace furnace filters, look for obvious signs of damage and verify that the unit is being used appropriately.
Are landlords allowed to look in closets?
Landlords usually can only justify looking into areas which are easily accessible to others who might be allowed to enter with your permission. So closets, cabinets and refrigerators are OK. They cannot, however, enter locked spaces for which they have no key if your lease with them is current.
Can a landlord look through your stuff?
While a landlord has a right of entry, this is balanced against your right to privacy as a tenant. Landlords are not entitled to go through your unit and belongings at will. They generally must have a valid reason to enter the unit and give you proper notice, unless you gave them permission in advance.
How long should a rental inspection take?
Can a landlord come in your house when your not home?
In all states, a landlord can enter the property in an emergency without notice or permission. Even if your landlord gives you notice, he or she must have a good reason to enter the property. In most cases, your landlord can enter your home: In an emergency.
Can my tenant refuse viewings?
Unless there is a term in your tenancy agreement which allows you to schedule viewings during the last month of a tenancy, your sitting tenants are entitled to refuse any agent or viewers access to the property.