When was the last time that you updated your apartment rental application? The first step in simplifying the rental process is to go through your old application, updating and fine-tuning it.
I’ve been a lucky landlord and haven’t needed to rent out any of my units for about three years. All of my tenants have been happy and have stayed in place, so I’ve busied myself with the other duties of a landlord.
Then, about six months ago, one of my tenants needed to move out of state. This left me with an empty unit to rent out. When I looked at my apartment rental application, the boy was I in for a shock! Did I actually ever use something so longwinded? Not to mention outdated.
The first thing that I did was look online for a sample application. I haven’t been in the business long enough to draw up my own application from scratch, so I needed ideas. And the ideas I did find! There is an abundance of sample applications online.
I took one that I felt confident about and adjusted it to my needs. On my previous application, I had very little information on tenant screening. I made it a point to include the entire tenant screening process of my new rental application.
When drafting a new application it is important to consult your real estate attorney. When I had a finished copy of mine I passed it over to them so that they could make sure that it adhered to state and area laws.
Just by updating my application, I greatly simplified it. My apartment rental application is now much easier to understand and quicker for tenants to fill out. I’m not saying that simply updating your application will get you more applicants, but it will make applying much easier for them, and we all know that a happy tenant is more likely a good tenant.