My husband and I need to move soon to help his elderly parents.
They live about 2 hours drive away. Needless to say, if I could reduce the amount of commuting back and forth in order to find a rental property I would.
We viewed a property yesterday. We also have a cat and two rabbits and the agency stated upfront that this landlady is very nice and she loves cats and has no problem letting to people with pets. The property is lovely (albeit just having electric heating) but in a highly desirable area. I know there were 4 viewings but I am not sure if they all applied.
We indicated that we would be happy to pay 6 months upfront (only found out afterwards that many LL’s are suspicious of that, thinking their house ends up being a cannabis farm…yikes!!..I didn’t realize that). We could offer a homeowner guarantor, we are both working and can keep our jobs, we have no kids and I mentioned that our last rental lasted 5 years so are in for the long haul. We also have good references and clean credit. We want to buy eventually but that’s probably a long way away. In any case, the rent is £675 but because it’s just electric heating and £100 more than we pay now I asked if they would be happy to take £625 - she said she would consider if we take out a 12 month contract. Totally fine by us.
One of the viewers rocked up in a massive BMW (no judgement, but I think they are not long term renters) it looks like many are just looking for a stop gap in between buying houses. But they might pay the requested £675. I am not sure about the other viewers, one seemed to be an older, retired gentleman so he might not be a homeowner.
We applied and will find out on Monday if we secured the property.
My overall question really is, what would be an absolute selling point for a landlord in this competitive market? What can a tenant do to score brownie points?
Have we overdone it by offering 6 months upfront? Or would it scare people actually away? It was a live viewing, not online so the agency met us and we had a nice chinwag. They told us that the landlady will have a think and talk to her husband and will let us know on Monday who she decided to go for. We’d be gutted not to get it especially considering that there are not many landlords around who are happy to accept pets. And it’s in a very safe and quiet area, a respite from years of city life.
But if we get rejected I’d like to know what we can do better next time.