The summer rental rush: Putting your best foot forward

Summer is a busy period for property managers. The start of the year brings a surge of students and new residents to the city. Last summer saw an unprecedented amount of people looking for a new rental, and with demand putting pressure on supply, we’re expecting that this summer will be just as challenging for tenants, if not more, than last year.

As Wellington faces another summer with a rental shortage, we’ve put together a list of things to consider that can help you stand out in a competitive rental market.

Have everything up to date

During these moments of high demand properties will not be available for long, so making sure you have the necessary documents ready to go and the correct contact details for your references will help. Being able to speak with them quickly can speed up the process, so have your ID and referee’s contact details on hand. Sending in your application promptly will show us that you’re keen on the property, but having to go back and forth getting the right information can take time, so make sure you’ve completed the application form honestly and correctly.

Treat it like a job interview

Whenever you see a viewing offered on a property that you like, it’s important to turn up on time. If you can’t make it let us know beforehand. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, after all this is potentially where you could be living. Showing us you have previous experience renting will also show you understand the responsibilities of being a tenant. Bringing a short CV or biography about yourself can go a long way too.

Showing interest

If you have submitted an application, by all means follow up, but try not to hassle the property manager. Showing interest in the property the whole way through the letting process will show us you’re really interested, and that way we know we’re making the right decision on behalf of the landlord. When you're viewing a property, talking to the property manager can help them learn more about you, and allows them to ask their own questions.

Being in first with an application can help, but it’s not always the first application, it’s the right tenant, so put the time and effort into applying, and make an impression.

Nick Phillips