Carter Schimpff is the Director of Online Marketing for SML, a nationwide moving services provider specializing in helping DIY movers load and unload their rental trucks. SML also provides custom full-service moving solutions.
If you are looking to move to a new apartment, you know you’ll have to run through a bunch of leasing agents who are hell bent at sniffing out weaknesses in your application. After all, filtering would-be tenants is their job. The good news is that leasing agents can be quite predictable and there are a few things they love to see in a potential renter. We have compiled a list of a few of good behaviors leasing agents love, so you can get ready to play these up when the time comes to meet with them.
You stayed at your old apartment for several years
Landlords want stability. If you think it’s a hassle moving frequently, it is no bowl of cherries for landlords either. Their property might remain vacant in between tenants, and landlords lose money every month a unit is not rented. This is why they would prefer tenants who will stay for long stretches of time. Even though they potentially stand to benefit by raising the rent each time a tenant leaves an apartment, many would prefer stability.
You have been at the same job for over five years
As mentioned above, landlords are looking for stability. Another way they can measure your stability as a tenant is by learning how long you have been at your current job. Landlords don't like 'job hoppers' because they view them as unreliable. If a potential tenant is in between jobs, their chances of skipping rent might go up. Accordingly, the more stable a potential tenant’s job history, the better he or she looks to the leasing agent.
You have been in the same relationships for several years
Landlords are looking for peace and quiet, and predictability for their properties. The last thing they need is a situation where a tenant is bringing home a new “squeeze” every other night. This is why many leasing agents like to hear that potential tenants have been in the same relationship for several years. Not only does this minimize the chances of random persons frequenting their building, the ability to maintain relationships over long periods of time indicates that the potential tenant is a reliable person who can commit.
You are an accountant or engineer
In vetting a quality renter, landlords sometimes use a tenant's job to determine reliability. Some jobs tend to attract individuals who are more meticulous than others. Engineering and accounting tend to lean heavily on formulas and structures, and attract personalities who are more organized and more likely to pay rent on time. These jobs also tend to have a more lucrative salary, so the leasing agent can rest assured that the cost of rent won’t be a financial burden.
Keep these tips in mind when sitting down with your leasing agent and that dream apartment is nearly yours! Just be sure to be yourself and don't falsify any information. Leasing agents definitely don't like liars either.