Guide to Renting

All you need to know when renting your first property

So you have decided to rent for the first time and have found a property you want to rent but what happens next?  Here is a summary of what you need to know before you sign your first residential tenancy agreement.

Applying for your first rental property – what you need

Many first-time tenants worry that because they cannot prove a rental history, they will not be able to rent a property - leading to a catch-22-type situation.  Fortunately, every tenant has been a first-time renter at some point and there are a number of things you can do to strengthen your application.

A property manager will be mainly concerned with an applicant's ability to pay the rent, as well as their ability to take care of the property and comply with the terms and conditions of the lease.

The information you should supply will vary depending on your previous circumstances - for example, if you were previously living in student accommodation, you may wish to provide the details of the person who was in charge of managing the complex.