Preparing your rental application

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Before you start

Before you apply for a residential tenancy, consider and prepare information you will probably be required to provide to the estate agent or landlord.


The landlord or agent is likely to ask you for formal identification, such as a driver's licence, as well as employment details and rental references.

Evidence of your capacity to pay the rent

If you have never rented before, you will need to provide evidence that you are reliable and can pay the rent. This information could include evidence of employment (such as an employment contract), payslips and character references. You may also be asked to provide a guarantor who will be responsible to pay the rent if you default.

Landlord's decision

A landlord or owner has the right to choose the most suitable applicant for their property. They can decide based on a variety factors including (but not limited to) an applicant’s rental history and employment status. It is illegal to refuse to let a property to tenant because they have children. For more information, view Discrimination in renting.

Remember, you may be competing with others for the same property so it’s important to be honest in your application. Provide all the information the landlord will need to make a decision.

Application checklist

  • read through and complete the rental application form
  • list all people who will be occupying the property
  • advise of any pets that will be living at the premises
  • include all details of your rental referees
  • provide information about your employment
  • include character references (if required)
  • ensure you have enough funds to pay the bond and first month’s rent. Generally, to secure the property you will need to pay one month’s rent in advance as well as a bond (usually also the equivalent of one month’s rent)
  • sign your completed application form, include all required attachments and send it back to the agent or landlord.