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    Default Process of getting a rental?

    Me and DH really want to get a rental but I don't know how to go about getting ones. This may be a stupid question, but if anyone could help explain the process or whatever that needs to be done, sure will help I have called up a few places and they all said to come to the viewing first before doing anything else, and then what do I do from there? The owner chooses who she/he wants to rent to? Bond information would be helpful too

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    Default Re: Process of getting a rental?

    Usually you would arrange viewings then put your application in on the spot. Have all your paperwork ready coz it can be competitive! Usually its first application in will get picked, if they of course are appropriately suited as a tenant. Bond is 4 weeks rent and needs to be paid up front.

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    Default Re: Process of getting a rental?

    You view a rental
    Apply for it
    Landlord chooses a suitable applicant, hopefully you

    You generally pay 2 weeks rent in advance as well as bond, which is the equivalent to 4 weeks rent. Ie. if the rental is $250 p/w, you will need $1500 upfront if you're the successful applicant.

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    Default Process of getting a rental?

    What sort of documents should I bring? Thanks so much

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    I would get a copy of the standard rental application in your state, and look at the questions that you will need to answer, fill out a blank and take it with you. Then make sure that you have notified all of your referees that they might get a call, have your dates correct etc.

    Work out a date that you can take the property (ie calculate your pays etc).

    Make sure that you have enough money to pay a deposit (usually 1 week and must be paid for them to hold the property for you), an additional 1 week's rent, four weeks bond and there used to be a 1 week letting fee but I think in most states that has been abolished.

    Check thoroughly the areas you are keen on, whether the property actually suits you (whether you actually need 4 bedrooms or will you be squished with 2?) etc.

    Then start looking at the properties that are for inspection. If you aren't prepared that will reflect to the agent and you might miss out.

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    When we were looking for a rental both of us had to look at the property, depending on the real estate you go through you can normally get application forms from their website pre fill in before you go then if you like property hand in on the day. It can be a long drawn out process. Have you ever rented before?
    If real estate doesn't get back to you on your application ring them and follow up why, we had issues as we had paid rent late once so that went against us we couldn't understand why we kept getting knocked back.
    Good luck

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    If some rental companies have their own form that they use, that's fine - but you could always say "we've filled out a standard one, if there's anything else you need just let us know". Then you don't have to start from scratch and look prepared and keen.

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    We ask for copies of pay slips, written rental references, rent ledgers ( if you have previously rented) centrelink statements (if applicable) a bill payment ( say phone/electricity/credit card etc showing your address) and photo ID , pet references (if applicable)
    I'f you can't provide a bill we will ask for a bank statement showing proof of address/regular income payments
    As pp said have them photocopied and ready at the inspection and ask the agent for their application form ( fill it out and give it to them there)

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    Default Re: Process of getting a rental?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hulahoop View Post
    If some rental companies have their own form that they use, that's fine - but you could always say "we've filled out a standard one, if there's anything else you need just let us know". Then you don't have to start from scratch and look prepared and keen.
    We don't accept any applications but our own. There are sections on there that need to be signed, which relate to our office specifically.

    Start by checking out a page like www. realestate.com.au and finding suitable properties. We recommend you go for a drive past the property prior to booking an inspection, so you know exactly where it is and don't mind the look of the area.

    Then call the office and ask for an inspection, some offices will require an application first so you'll need to fill one in.

    You don't need to hand your forms in at the appointment, but it's a good idea to do it the same day. Make sure you read it through thoroughly and answer all questions correctly. Do not try and hand in an incomplete form!

    Different agents will require different supporting documents, how ever they will at least ask for photo id and proof of income, so make sure you have that.

    Ask them roughly how long it takes to process your application, they'll give you a rough time frame, as they won't know for sure, but for example if they say 3 days, don't chase up your application until day 4, and definitely don't call every day!

    If approved you'll be required to pay 1 weeks rent to secure the property. Most agents don't accept cash any more so check how you can pay it.

    Before giving you the keys you will need to pay 4 weeks rent for the bond and a minimum of another weeks rent so your're two weeks in advance - if the rent is over $300 per week they can actually ask you to be a month in advance, so check on that also.

    If you haven't rented before you'll be more likely to be approved for a unit, as there's no lawn maintenance or anything like that and they can gauge what sort of tenant you'll be. Don't try and apply for all the really fancy places, because chances are someone else will have a better application. If you don't have a rental reference then pretty much take what you can get for 6 months to a year and prove that you're good tenants, you'll then have a better pick at other properties next go around.

    Good luck! :thumbup:

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    Default Process of getting a rental?

    Thank you so much for the answers! Also another thing is, my husband applied online for the rental, and they sent one out for me to apply to, but it's not compulsory. Should I fill it out? I've only worked twice in my life and that was when I was 16, and couldn't hold down both jobs because I was young and careless, so pretty much no job references. My husband on the other hand, was an apprentice for three years, has had 3 jobs throughout his entire life, extremely hard worker, has a good paying job/excellent references to back him up .. Should I just leave it up to him? Haha I'm not sure of what to do!


 

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