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Renting can be tricky. Here are a few tips you can use to improve your chances.

Put your application into a single PDF

Making a good first impression could mean getting your application accepted or not. If your application is easy to review, it indicates you will be a responsible and organized tenant. 

Rental Application Requirements

  • Rental Application (sourced from the Greater Boston Real Estate Board - linked below)

  • Proof of Valid Identification (a photo of your driver's license will do) 

  • Proof of Income (2 most recent paystubs or a signed offer letter usually does the trick)

  • Proof of Credit (a screenshot showing your FULL name and credit score normally works)

Write a letter to the landlord

Sometimes writing a letter to the landlord telling them a bit about yourself and why you're interested in their property can make a huge difference. 

  • Who are you and the other folks moving in with you?

  • What do you do for work?

  • What about their property do you like?

  • What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Provide references 

Having someone who can speak on your behalf is always a plus. The landlord may not always check, however having references indicates that someone else has had a positive experience with you. 

  • Have your references draft a letter on your behalf speaking to your qualities. 

  • References should come from an unbiased party like a former landlord or employer. 

Make a more compelling offer

Given how competitive the rental market can be, offering to pay more may give you an advantage. However, there are other ways you can make a more compelling offer that doesn't mean spending more.

  • Offer to pay more in rent, make sure to give a specific number. (Not always necessary)

  • Increase your deposit by offering to pay last month's rent, if it's not already required.

  • Offer to clean up outdoor space. If the outdoor space is unkempt a landlord might appreciate your willingness to pitch in to make it a nicer place. Raking leaves, planting a few perennials for instance. 

  • Think of other ways you may be able to pitch in during your tenancy. Things like offering to shovel the walkway during heavy snow or taking the trash bins out and back. 

These are tips on how you may be able to improve the quality of your application. They are NOT all requirements. They also do NOT guarantee your application will be accepted.*

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