They've requested a copy of my CLink statement and for my rental ledger to be emailed to them from my previous landlord, as the landlord won't release it because it has my ex-husband's name on it too. So I'm going to include a pic of the kids, a blurb about us, my business etc... Trying to avoid highlighting my lack of access to social services, as if I were a landlord, it'd scare me off.
We have to go on employment history, rental history and income ( being able to afford the rent) plus yes personality , sometimes the single mum who earns less than the 2 income family but can still afford the rent might just be nicer so when we give the checked applications to our landlords , most ask us for our recommendations and we go with who can afford it and who we think will be a good tenant - even tenants who look good on paper get bad verbal references from their current agent
I think I've mentioned before the worst tenants we have ever had were a solicitor and a real estate agent!
Some of our best tenants are low income earners and single mums
Thanks guys. I put a cover letter with it so hopefully that helps us stand out a bit. Trying not to think about it too much as I don't want to be disappointed if we're not successful.
I'm a single mum and I've often beaten out other applicants of varying circumstances....I always wear my nurses uniform to every inspection though....they seem to like it..
Putting in a cover letter (preferably with a photo) is a good idea OP. We didn't have kids when DH and I were applying for rentals so we could move in together (owners were returning to his rental and I was sharing a house with a cousin). It took us over a month to get accepted, but I think what clinched it for us was doing up a page with a well groomed picture of my dog with a little blurb about him and a copy of his recent vaccination certificate.
I also found it useful to get friendly with the property managers in the area. I took business cards at inspections, followed up on our applications and called them after we were rejected to let them know we were still looking for a rental property. We ended up getting a rental because I happened to call the PM on the day he received a new request to find tenants. We met at the house that afternoon and he presented our application to the owner before the place was even advertised.
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