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Tips to help you show a landlord that you will be a good tenant
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1. Organised and professional
This is one of a series of four short guides for young people and students providing information about guarantors. The other three in this series are:
Be organised and professional – getting accepted as a tenant is a bit like applying for a job. So:
turn up on time for any viewings or meetings,
dress tidily, and
check any emails you send for spelling mistakes.
2. Take off your shoes
When you arrive to view the property, offer to take off your shoes. It's a small thing but it helps to show you care. And helps to keep the landlord’s carpets clean.
3. Ask responsible questions
Ask questions that show what a responsible person you are. For example, you could ask:
What day does the recycling get collected?
What happens with the bins?
How late can I use the washing machine?
4. Have your paperwork ready
If there’s a queue of people interested in a particular flat or house, the Landlord or their agent may well pick the first people who meet their requirements. So, prepare the information they’ll probably want in advance. Type eveything up so you look professional. You'll need:
Current and past addresses, start and end dates of previous tenancies and contact information for previous landlords.
Current and past employers, addresses and contact details, dates of your employment with them and how much they paid you.
Name and contact details for up to 3 personal references – not all landlords ask for personal references but it's good to be prepared.
A reference from your previous landlord or hall of residence and a reference from your employer. (If you can't get these in time, just put down their contact details. If you don’t have an employer, you could use copies of your bank statements to show what your income is and where it’s from.)
Anything else that shows that you have a good track record of paying your rent on time – perhaps a printout of a previous or current rent account or even bank statements showing you pay the full amount on the same day every month.
5. Line up a guarantor (if needed)
If you already know that this landlord or their agent is going to want a guarantor, can you provide any information about your prospective guarantor, for example, about their job and whether they own their home?
6. What to do if you can't get a guarantor
If you know you can’t get a guarantor, think about whether you want to try and persuade your landlord to waive the need for one. See What are your options if you can't get a guarantor? for more information.
This guide was written and produced by Advicenow thanks to funding from the TDS Charitable Foundation.
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