We are selling our house and will be renting for a while. We've owned this house for 4 years, so don't have any recent references. We also have 2 dogs, a goldie and a border collie, which we don't have a rental reference for.
Just wondering if anyone has tips or advice to increase our chances of being approved for a rental?
I was thinking of getting our current neighbours to write up a reference for our dogs, just saying as our neighbours they've never heard our dogs barking or seen them cause damage, that they're outside dogs and are well trained.
I was also going to attach a little letter from us just introducing ourselves and with a photo of us and the dogs.
Is this a good idea? Would it make a difference to our application?
Any other tips?
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05-04-2016 13:40 #1
05-04-2016 14:37 #2
I would do both of those things - a pet reference from your current neighbours and a cover letter.
Whilst there are a lot of properties that stipulate no pets, there are also plenty that do allow them.
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05-04-2016 14:48 #3
Luckily most of the houses in the area we're looking at say 'pets on application'. I'm just a bit concerned though as people know that border collies are usually crazy active and can get destructive if they're not exercised. Funny thing is though our collie is THE laziest dog! 😅
05-04-2016 14:52 #4
Get your sales agent to write you a reference on how well the home is kept and how nice the dogs are - an agent reference is the best
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05-04-2016 16:06 #8
Another thing you can do (if possible with finances) is to offer a larger bond. A bit of peace of mind for the owners I guess. A lot of the landlords at my old work were ok with pets, especially with people who had just sold (I wonder if they thought maybe owner occupiers were more careful?)
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05-04-2016 16:16 #9Senior Member
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When I got my rental the real estate said that the reason I got it over anyone else was because I provided every scrap of documentation that I could think of with my application. All ID, bank statements, references etc were attached to my application form. They said it was just so easy as they didn't have to chase anything up with me.
They said the cover letter helped also, but the paperwork was my main advantage.
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