With more people renting in Rochdale than ever before competition for good rental property is high; AJ Properties recommends prospective tenants keep one step ahead to ensure they avoid the common application mistakes.
We have outlined the pitfalls which frequently thwart a lettings application and how to ensure you’re in the best possible position to secure a tenancy:
• Be upfront about credit issues.
Openness at the start of the application processes is definitely a plus point as bad credit history doesn’t automatically mean being declined as a tenant. However, if a tenant has kept something hidden it will usually be picked up on and would go against the application being accepted.
• Keep things smart.
Many landlords now wish to carry out their own viewings so it is worth bearing in mind that first impressions count. This might seem trivial but it’s often viewed by landlords as a reflection of the general care tenants would take of a property.
• Consider the extra cost of pets.
Pets can also be a deciding factor for landlords choosing between tenants, however we generally find rural property landlords more accepting of pets. Be prepared though for landlords to ask for an increased deposit to cover any potential damage.
• The more disclosure the better.
Landlords can sometimes tend to look favourably towards working families and professional couples although this is not always the case. Again though, potential applicants who should be upfront with their letting agent and give as much back ground information as possible.
• Be prepared to act quickly.
Competition for good quality rental properties has never been so fierce, both in the rural and city centre markets. Excessive delay can result in missed opportunities as properties can go in a matter of hours / days. If you’ve found the perfect property be proactive in letting us know.
• Register on our mailing list.
Early notification of new properties coming to the market can make all the difference, you can do this on our website.
The rental market continues to see high demand and a shortage of supply. Competition therefore remains very strong so applicants should be both decisive and open in their approach.

By using AJ Properties tenants can ensure they are paying a fair rent for the area, legal requirements are met and if something goes wrong or repairs need to be done that we will be able to act promptly.