Applying for a Rental Home in Tasmania

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When you are searching for a rental property it is good to have your documents in place so that you are ready to apply for a property as soon as you find one you like.

There are some differences in what property managers will want from you, but mostly you will need to provide the following for each adult who will be living at the property.

    • a current credit report
    • references
    • identification
    • details of income

In addition, property managers will generally not accept your application unless you, or someone on your behalf, has inspected the property. If you are not in Tasmania and are unable to view any properties, the we can do that for you. We can either undertake the property search for you or can inspect just one or two properties for you once you are confident you have found your new home.

 

Credit Report

Many agents will only accept an application if you have attached a recent credit report for each person. The application form provided by the agent will make it clear if this is required.

If you are Tasmanian you need to obtain your credit report from the Tasmanian Collection Services.

If you are from elsewhere in Australia you can obtain your credit report from a number of agencies. My Credit File provides a free copy of your credit file within 10 business days, or you can pay for a one day service. Dun and Bradstreet offer a similar service.

For those moving from overseas and wishing to rent property you will need to provide a report from your home country if possible and details of income and assets.

 

References

You will be required to provide contact details for both personal and business referees. In addition, if you have rented previously you need to include the contact details of the previous landlord or property manager.

If you have not rented for a long time (or ever) then alternatively provide other strong references. For example from the real estate agent who may have sold your most recent home or who manages an investment property for you, and perhaps from your accountant. Agents are used to dealing with people who have not rented and will usually suggest alternative referees for you to provide.

 

Identification

Again the requirements vary but at a minimum you will most likely be required to include a copy of your passport or driver’s licence. Many agencies have implemented a 100 point check which typically allocates points as follows. The points vary as they are determined by each agency.

    • Passport – from 30 to 60 points
    • Driver’s licence – from 30 to 50 points
    • Photo identification, copy of birth certificate, police check – normally 40 points each
    • Current registration papers, rent receipts, phone and electricity account statements, credit cards, Medicare card – normally 10 points each

 

Proof of Income or Assets

You will need to provide proof of income. This usually requires providing your salary and employer details, including phone number. The agency may call them to verify details. You may be asked to supply several recent pay slips.

If you do not have a regular income (eg. you are retired), then provide evidence of your ability to pay the rent from cash assets.

Remember to include all of your income if you have other sources aside from your main salary. Attach extra pages to the application form if necessary.

 

How long will it take to assess the application?

Once you give you form to the property manager it will be assessed. Many will endeavor to get back to you within a couple of days. If the property has attracted strong interest it is extra important to ensure you have provided all the information that has been requested as otherwise your application may be automatically excluded from consideration.

Good luck!!
Jo

 

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7 Comments

  1. Jo (Admin) February 17, 2015 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    We received an email from someone who has made the move to Tasmania about their experience in finding a rental home.

    Hi Jo

    You might want to tell people that they may find it a problem renting if they have no recent reference. We had not rented in nearly 30 years when we applied to a few agents for rentals. We learned that you can get a reference from the agent who sold your house or your settlement agent in another state which is almost as good as having a recent reference from a landlord.

    We also discovered there are very few furnished rentals in Tasmania, and very few short-term ones. Six months seemed to be the bottom limit. We were very fortunate in getting a couple of one month holiday rentals for a reduced rate due to it being late winter when we arrived, and hence were able to jump from one to another to our purchased house without having to do anything in between.

    And your point about things looking one way online and another way in reality is a good one. We viewed several properties that turned out to be half the size we expected, thanks to the ‘magic camera lens’! A floor plan with measurements is invaluable in assessing how big a house really is.

    Regards, Karen

    • Jo (Admin) February 17, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

      n response to Karen above…

      Rental application: Karen is right, if you don’t have a rental history then you need to ensure you have good referees otherwise and if possible a real estate agent who has sold your last house or who is managing the tenancy on it now.

      Furnished properties: most of these tend to be closer to the city and are more commonly apartments or up to three bedrooms. It can be hard to find a larger house that is furnished. Because many are close to the city they are pretty expensive due to location and also because they are furnished.

      Online searching: look for the very wide microwave and you will know that the wide angle lens has been used! Plus the photos will not show parts of the house that are not as great. If the kitchen or bathroom are not shown, then be suspicious as they are likely to be unrenovated. Nothing beats seeing the place or have someone see it for you. If you can’t be in Tasmania for your home search then we can inspect properties for you.

  2. Leigh December 20, 2017 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    I moved from Queensland and I’ve been knocked back on houses due to being unsuccessful I had everything they asked for and still no house. Myself and my 3 children are staying at a hoilday park and it’s costing a fortune I’m not happy how Tasmanian real estates treat you like your nothing I moved from Queensland to start fresh but it’s not working for me.

    • Jo (Admin) December 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm - Reply

      Hi Leigh,

      I am sorry to hear that you have not yet found a new home.

      Unfortunately, with the market being very tight at the moment with not enough properties on the market, it means that there may be several suitable applicants for a property. The agent and landlord then pick the successful one based on any range of reasons and their own preferences and assumptions (valid or not). It is so annoying that they are not required to give any feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

      I am sure you are, but right now, applications have to be submitted either before or within hours of an inspection. Some agencies will do pre-approvals subject to inspection, but they don’t really promote that option and it is inconsistent re when they will and won’t do that.

      It is frustrating that some property managers will treat potential renters poorly, especially while they have the upper hand with the pick of tenants.

      Dec/Jan is normally the time when the most properties are on the market, so cross fingers many more places appear soon. I suggest checking for private rentals on Gumtree as well.

      All the very best. I hope you find your new home very soon.

      Jo

  3. Denis Banfield February 20, 2018 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Hi to whom it may concern,I am currently living overseas & wish to move to Launceston in the next few weeks & hopefully rent a small unit.I have gathered all the relevant information except for a credit report which I cant seem to obtain as I have not lived in Australia for many years.I there some advice you can give me in regards to this situation,I rely solely on a retiree pension.
    Kindest regards Denis

    • Jo (Admin) February 20, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Denis,

      The credit report needs to come from where you have been most recently. I suggest Googling credit reports for the country you have been living in. Hopefully there is a service there where you can get something similar to what is available in Australia. It is best to try and do this now before you leave. You may need to talk to your current local bank too.

      I hope that helps.

      Jo

  4. Stefan Nicholson July 29, 2018 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Hi Jo, I have rented properties around Australia as part of my contract work. Tasmanian real estate agents demand extremely personal financial information just to rent a property. This means that if you are not successful, the agent and landlord know your financial portfolio, income, bank account details, employer or company and a credit agency report – and do not even pass this on to the next agent.
    I have had no problem myself here as I own property as well, but would imagine that agents are turning away many good applicants with a suitable but lesser financial portfolio. This must be a discriminatory practice surely and an invasion of privacy just to rent a property. I agree with references and a current credit report. What do others think?

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