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Applying for rentals: How does this cover letter look? Advice please!
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12/10/2018 - 2:59 pm
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Really need to get a place ASAP, is there anything I’ve mentioned which might be the wrong thing to say?

What can I add to help improve my liklihood of being accepted?

To whom it may concern,

I have attached this cover letter to help you learn a bit more about me and my circumstances.

I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, but I’ve decided to take a leave of absence for next year, in order to properly sit down and think about the majors I wish to enrol the following year. In addition, during this time I’ll be working hard in order to save up as much money as I can, before going back to Uni.

I am interested in your rental unit because it is perfect for my needs, as I’m simply looking for a small, affordable place to live when I’m not at work. I’m new to the Melbourne area, however I’ve found employment with the COLES group at their BWS stores, I am also looking for another job to help me save a little faster, in the mean time I’m receiving a job seekers payment to ensure rent is covered.

I understand that by entering into a tenancy, I will be taking on legal responsibilities. As your tenant, I am aware that I will need to:

  • pay the full rent on time,
  • not unreasonably disturb others,
  • care for your property, and
  • otherwise follow the Residential Tenancy Act and the terms of my tenancy agreement.

I am looking for a stable tenancy and hope that you will consider my application. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Sincerely etc etc,


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12/10/2018 - 6:48 pm
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Call me an old cynic but if I was a landlord looking at this I would be thinking …”oh, a student, no a drop-out, working as a shelf-stacker and claiming the dole while they try to work out who the hell they are … hmmm … I might just see who else is around.”

Basically, it’s too much information that raises more negative thoughts than positive ones and is inviting me to be judgemental.

What most landlords want are tenants who will pay their rent on time, not damage their property and not cause any hassles with the neighbours. 

A letter that might work for me would be one that says. 


I am looking for the right rental property because I want it to be my home for a long time. To ensure I get that stability, I promise that I will look after your property, pay rent on time (if not before) and never give you any reason to worry about your investment, including how I’m getting on with the neighbours.

I am educated to university level but taking some time out to get some life experience and earn some money so I have a solid financial base for the next stage of my education.  To that end, I already have one job and I’m about to take second. 

I ‘m looking for a place I can call home for now and the foreseeable future.  If you want a hassle-free life as a landlord, I’m the tenant you are looking for.

Regards etc ...

OK, Flatchatters – who would you rent the flat to?  Or have I missed the point here?

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12/10/2018 - 7:25 pm
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Jimmy is pretty spot on

Having been a landlord myself and managed my own property I want someone with some stability ( as Jimmy  said)

Secondly if I received a letter from a prospective tenant, well I’d just chuck it in the bin. Sorry to be so harsh

As a landlord I was more interested in meeting in person a prospective tenant. I never refused to meet a prospective tenant.

Thirdly make sure you have solid references. Employer, minister of religion,  doctor in fact anyone (except afriend) who has some standing and can vouch for you. I always called the referees so  written references also go in the bin.

Real estate agents are good references for me. If I can  call an agent and they tell me you pay rent on time and never damaged the property and were not evicted,  you go to the top of my list

Make sure you can show a SOLID ability to pay rent.That means a steady source of income that you can show has been in process for some time.

Over some 30 years I had a lot of tenants. Never had a bad tenant ( ie trashed premises or unpaid rent).

I often chose tenants that other landlords would not take with great success ( for me and the tenant)

I believe that getting past the real estate agent is SHaaa biggest challenge.

Good luck

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14/10/2018 - 5:17 pm
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Handy feedback, thanks guys

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