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3 ways to present yourself as the most suitable candidate


When securing the property to rent of your dreams, it's vital that the letting agent knows what makes you a more suitable tenant than the 15-20 other people who are interested.

Here’s three steps to presenting yourself in the best possible light.

1

Be prepared before you enquire

Letting agents need to quickly assess which tenants to invite to a property viewing. And because they advertise their properties on multiple websites, they get dozens of enquiries per property. Each enquiry is the same – so it’s impossible for letting agents to know that you’re more suitable than Joe Bloggs.
So we changed that. Our rental enquiry form asks you for proof of identification, income and references. This way, your enquiry provides more information than the others and makes it simple for the letting agent.
So before you fill in an rental enquiry form on Lettingweb.com, check that you have the following to hand:


  • Identification (driving license, passport, birth certificate)

  • Proof of income (payslip, bank statement, employment contract, job offer letter)

  • References (from your employer, or previous letting agent or landlord)
2

Communicate your situation upfront

All rentals are subject to an affordability check and a letting agent cannot rent out a property if your situation doesn’t meet the affordability. That’s why we introduced an Affordability checker, which shows the total cost of renting each property – including council tax and an estimate of bills.


  • It’s sometimes tempting to keep things quiet which might complicate the renting process. We’re tenants too – so we understand!

  • We spoke to our letting agents about this. They said that, in most cases, situations don’t impact as long as they know about it upfront.

  • So if you’re a student with parents as your guarantor, on low income or DSS supported just be clear when you enquire.
3

Take everything to the
viewing


Taking the information required to complete the rental process and secure the property to a viewing might seem presumptuous – but it saves you and letting agent time.

And with 15-20 tenants interested in the same property, it puts you in the best position to secure your preferred property straight away.

The basic information required is:

  • Identification (driving license, passport, birth certificate)

  • Proof of income, preferably going back 3 months (payslip, bank statement, employment contract, job offer letter)

  • References (from your employer, or previous letting agent or landlord)

  • A method to pay the holding deposit and rent promptly