So you’ve finally found the right property for you and you would like to submit your application. It is important to ensure that your application is presented well to help you stand out from the crowd.

Here are some tips to help you secure the property you want and preparing and submitting your rental application.

  1. Preparing your rental application: Provide all relevant documents

You’ll need the following documents for your rental application:

  • Completed application form
  • 100 points of ID (ie: passports, drivers licence, birth certificate, medicare card etc)
  • Proof of income (recent payslips, bank statements, tax return)
  • Current / previous rental details including the real estate your rented through
  • Cover letter
  • Pet resume including photo of pet (if relevant)
  • Current rental ledger (history of rental payments)


  1. Have a completed set of documentation for all applicants

An application will need to be submitted for all occupants 18 years and over that are wishing to reside in the property. Having a completed application for everyone who is wanting to reside in the property allows your application to be processed quicker as the property manager and or landlord is not having to wait on further documentation.

  1. Write a cover letter

Write a short cover letter about who you are, what your job is and why you’re moving. If you’re going to live with other people, introduce each person briefly. Also talk honestly about your rental history, mention if you have pets, and write about the features of the property you found appealing.

  1. Prove you can pay rent

It’s very important to show that you’ll be able to pay the rent. Show your two most recent payslips and if required bank statement. Ideally, look for properties whose rental payments won’t exceed 30 percent of your income.

  1. Get your references ready

You will need 4 references in total. Two references will need to be from a non-relative, for example from a co-worker or employer. The other two references are personal referees in which you would second as emergency contacts.


By Anita Genrich