Property Viewing Advice

The rental market is highly competitive, so if you get the opportunity to view a property, it is really important to make a good impression with the landlord or estate agent you are meeting. Here are some tips to help you:

Affordability: Check in advance of organising a viewing that you will pass any credit checks -generally, you should have an income of 2.5 times the rental amount. Here's is some more advice on checks that are likely to be made

Be Punctual: Always arrive on time or even 5 minutes early for the viewing appointment. Being punctual demonstrates responsibility and respect for the landlord's or agent's time.

Good Communication: Be polite and respectful when communicating with the landlord or agent. Answer questions clearly and ask any relevant questions you may have about the property to show you are interested.

Bring Required Documentation: Carry important documents such as proof of identity, references, and financial documents. Having these readily available can show that you are organised and prepared to move forward with the rental process.

Show Genuine Interest: Ask questions about the property, its history, and the local area. This demonstrates your genuine interest in the property and your commitment to being a responsible tenant.

Cleanliness: Be mindful of your personal cleanliness. While it may seem obvious, being neat and tidy can create a positive impression.

Respect the Property: Treat the property with respect during the viewing. Avoid touching belongings and be careful not to cause any damage. This shows that you are likely to take good care of the property if you were to become the tenant.

Be Transparent: Be honest about your intentions and circumstances. If you have any concerns or specific requirements, discuss them with the landlord.

Highlight Stability: If you have a stable income to suplement your benefits, mention it. Stability is a significant factor for landlords when selecting tenants.

Follow Up: Let your Housing worker at Kineara know how the viewing went as soon as posisble, whether you like the property or not. We need to be able to follow up right away with the landlord or agent as properties can go very quickly.

References: If possible, provide a reference from previous landlords, employers, or character references. This can enhance your credibility as a reliable tenant.

Pets and Smoking: If you have pets or if you smoke, discuss this openly with the landlord. Some landlords may have specific preferences or rules regarding these issues.


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