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Guide to Renting in Melbourne. What do I need?

What is required to rent a property in Melbourne. Any advice on getting approved for a property quickly.
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Fitzroygirl Apr 13, 2016
You might find this article on How to Ace a Rental Application handy http://about.homely.com.au/blog/2016/3/2/how-to-ace-your-rental-application :)
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Equality Apr 19, 2016
In Melbourne, the rental market is very competitive the unit I moved into had 30 people come to view the property and this was not the only viewing. They won’t tell you but they are looking for employed professionals and in my case they wanted to see that both tenants are in paid work. Students and people looking for work will find it much harder to secure a rental. Students and job searchers will find it easier looking into the share house market while until they finish studies or secure employment.
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KaTra Apr 19, 2016
Documentation is needed when submitting your application using the 1 form website. If you are doing a paper application you will still need 100 points of ID.

Identification and supporting documents
You will need 100 points of identification and at least one requires a photo. There were some real estate agents that wanted an item from each category as well not just 100 points, however this is not the case with most agents.
Examples of these are:

50 points (Photo ID)
- Drivers license
- Passport
- Proof of age

30 points (Secondary ID)
- Birth certificate
- Student card
- Medicare card
- Health care card
- Vehicle registration

30 points (Rental History/Proof of Address)
- Rental Receipts
- Signed lease
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Rental reference

20 points (Employment/Proof of Income)
- Payslips
- Letter of employment
- Employment reference

Other information you will be asked
- References: one personal and one professional. Neither can be relatives or partners.
- Current and previous address, timeframes and monthly rent
- Current and previous landlord details
- Current and previous employment, address, manager, timeframes and salary details
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Summertime Apr 19, 2016
Ways to make your application stronger and more appealing to the landlord.
- Offer to pay upfront rent for additional months which will vary depending on your financial circumstances. Often this request will not even be taken up it just shows the landlord that you are secure financially. Having said that make sure you have the cash just in case they do want to take up the offer.
- Offer a longer term lease if this is something you can manage, landlords don’t want to be finding new tenants every 12 months so if there is an option to having it rented for a longer period of time this can be attractive. This will not work in every scenario however as some landlords may only want tenants for a specific amount of time.
- Does the property need some maintenance work? For example, is it tired looking and need painting? The garden could do with some love. These are all ideas you can add in the extra information to support your application to be a more appealing applicant.
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