Navigating the Rental Application Process

The Do’s and Don’ts for Applying for a Rental Property

As the demand for rental properties continues to rise, tenants are facing increased competition when it comes to securing their desired home. To assist renters in maximising their chances of success, I, Joanne Czajkowski, Head of Property Management at Horwood Nolan, am here to share valuable insights into the do’s and don’t’s when it comes to rental applications.

The Current Market Landscape

The current market is witnessing a surge in demand for properties, coupled with a concerning shortage. Additionally, rising interest rates are adding pressure on landlords. Therefore, the tenancy application process plays a pivotal role in selecting the right candidate for both landlord and tenant. While the rental application process may be competitive, tenants can enhance their prospects by providing accurate information, submitting complete applications, and maintaining clear communication with property managers. Honesty and transparency are paramount.


  1. Provide Accurate Information: Ensure all details provided on the rental application form are accurate and up-to-date. Any discrepancies may lead to delays or rejection of the application.
  2. Include Supporting Documents: Along with the application, submit supporting documents such as payslips, bank statements, and references to verify your financial stability and rental history.
  3. Communicate Clearly: If you have any specific requirements or preferences, communicate them clearly to the property manager. Transparency is key in building a positive relationship from the outset.
  4. Be Proactive: Follow up with the property manager after submitting your application to express your interest and inquire about the status. A proactive approach demonstrates your commitment to the property.


  1. Submit Incomplete Applications: Avoid submitting incomplete applications or omitting required information. Incomplete applications are quickly disregarded by landlords or property managers.
  2. Provide False Information: Honesty is paramount in the rental application process. Providing false information or withholding crucial details can lead to immediate rejection and tarnish your reputation as a tenant.
  3. Delay Responses: Promptly respond to any queries or requests for additional information from the property manager. Delayed responses may give the impression of disinterest or unreliability.
  4. Apply for Multiple Properties Simultaneously: While it’s understandable to explore multiple options, avoid submitting applications for numerous properties simultaneously, especially if they are with the same agency. Focus on properties that align with your preferences to demonstrate genuine interest.

I emphasise the importance of presenting yourself as a reliable and responsible tenant throughout the application process. By adhering to these do’s and don’ts, renters can enhance their chances of securing their desired rental property and establish a positive relationship with their property manager.