What is a rental resume?

By Realestate Condos Team on January 21st, 2019

If you’re looking to make a lasting impression on the landlord or property manager of the apartment of your dreams, you’re going to want to stand out from the crowd.

Rental resumes, which we’ll be explaining in this post, is a great little item tenants can load into their arsenal on their journey to becoming the best tenant there ever could be.

Much like an employment resume, rental resumes present a full picture of you as an individual applicant, while highlighting your best attributes at the same time.

You can separate the document into a few useful sections that we’ll break down below. Landlords will appreciate the organization and effort put into any proper rental resume, helping them make a quick decision as to whether or not the applicant is a good fit.  

Criteria

You’re going to want to include only succinct, relevant information in your rental resume. If you’ve ever applied for a job, the layout of this document should come naturally to you.

You can customize the page as you wish, add personal details, and heck, print it in colour. Make sure your contact information is up to date and the whole page is free of typos!

Objective

In a few sentences at the top of the page you’re going to want to explain why exactly you’re applying for the rental in question. What are you looking for in a unit? Why are you qualified for the space? Are you relocating from somewhere? How do you intend to use the space?

Being frank and direct here is essential.

Example:

Hi there! My name is Tom from Oshawa, and I’m relocating to Toronto for full-time work in two months. I’m looking for an above-ground unit close to the subway for my daily commute. I’m a clean and quiet tenant who needs a place in the west end to rest my head and spread my legs for the foreseeable future. Please read more about me below!

Tenant background

In this section you can get a bit more personal and list off the things you think a landlord would want to know about you.

Provide more information about yourself, where you work, your education, if you have pets, if you’ll be having roommates, what you like about the neighbourhood and even some of your hobbies.

Employment and finances

This section might be the most interesting to a landlord reviewing your application. They want to know you can pay first and last, plus your rent every month. Prove to the landlord that you can bring home a healthy paycheque to cover costs!

Layout your place of employment, hours per week, your salary if you’re comfortable, references, and how long you’ve been working there. These are important details your landlord-to-be will want to verify.

You should also include your credit score. Not every landlord will ask for this, but many will. Being proactive, and showing them that you have a history of reliable credit, will help you get a leg up on the competition. 

Rental history

Along with your financial stability, your rental history is likely to be scrutinized by any discerning landlord. You’ll want to break down a timeline of your previous tenancy experience, just as you would your previous job history.

Note prior addresses, prior landlords, their contact information, unit type, length of stay, and your reason(s) for leaving.

Approach the rental process like a job interview

Just as you want to be the first choice for a potential employer, you’re going to want to put your best foot forward during a residential application process, especially for an attractive unit.

Emulate interview behaviour with your potential landlord and prepare to shine though the riff raff. Dress to impress, have all your required documents printed out and any additional information available upon request.