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FINDING a rental property can be a stressful process, especially when getting knocked back but there are things you can do to give yourself a better chance.
It seems young home buyers are not the only ones struggling in the property market - residents are under the impression there is a trend in the region of home owners knocking back rental applicants with pets, but children as well.
Searching for Lismore rental properties on realestate.com.au, and ticking the 'pets allowed' criteria showed only two available properties out of 31 listed.
One was in Goonellebah which wanted tenants who were working or students, and another one in Tullera.
Four properties out of 65 available for rent in Byron Bay considered pets, and nine properties of 61 in Ballina Shire.
Northern Rivers residents reported they were concerned parents with kids were being locked out of the rental market on a Facebook post.
Troy Vlody said there was "quite a few (adverts) that state no families”, while Bekki Peleseuma said many adverts stated "for professional couples or singles only”.
Rebecca McGregor said: "We are the same, both working two kids, no pets, good references and good tenants. (We have) been applying every week for the past six months and the same thing is happening - single people or couples are getting the three bedroom propertys.”
LJ Hooker Lismore Leasing Specialist Carmen Franks said saying no to applicants with children comes under discrimination.
Under Fair Trading everybody should be given a fair go when renting or trying to rent a property.
Fair Trading informs while landlords and agents have the right to choose the most suitable tenant, they are not able to unfairly discriminate against you when you apply for a rental property.
Under these laws discrimination includes things such as race, pregnancy, age, marital status and examples of indirect discrimination includes setting standards such as a high income, having young tenant's parents sign the lease as a co-tenant and excluding the needs of disabled tenants such as those who need a guide dog.
Ms Franks said "incomplete applications is one of the biggest problems when it comes to finding tenants” and gave a couple of points to put you ahead of your competition in regards to application selection.
1.Write a Cover Letter - Apply the same logic, say to a potential employer explaining a bit more about why you are right for the job when applying for a rental.
2. Seize the opportunity to speak to the agent - The personal touch will make you memorable.
3. Get your Ducks In a Row - This includes all supporting documents ahead of your search. It is the property manager's job to minimise the vacancy period, so have your information freely available. Real estate agents, property managers and landlords want to know you'll be a reliable tenant, that you'll pay your rent on time and that you'll treat the property as if it were your own. Potential tenants who can't prove this with a strong track record of rental history are at a significant disadvantage.
4. Pet Resumes - Where pets are considered attach a separate pet resume including a comprehensive CV that summarises your furry friends best qualities, pets health, behaviour and council registrations and vaccinations. This is a proactive move that shows your honest and open approach in taking responsibility of your pet.