How to hack the rental crisis, according to the experts.

Complete the form.

This might seem like a silly one, but Natoli and Gillan say people often forget to fully fill out their rental applications, bringing their chances of getting a property down to a big fat zero. 

“A big one we often see is incomplete forms,” Gillan explains. “If we have 500 applicants to review on a Monday, the incomplete ones will go to the bottom of the pile.”

“We can’t take incomplete applications to the landlord and the truth is, we may not have time to call you to fill in the gaps,” she adds. 

Also remember to give your references a heads-up that they might be expecting a phone call from a property manager or leasing agent, just so they’re not caught off guard.

Don’t be afraid to be honest. 

You don’t have to be a perfect tenant or have a perfect rental history (or even a rental history at all) to land a leasing contract in your inbox. 

“We understand you might not have answers for everything. Where there are gaps, just shoot us an email explaining,” Gillan says. “For example, maybe you haven’t rented before and you can provide written references around your reliability.

“At the end of the day, what we need to know is that you can pay on time, you’re reliable and you’ll look after the property.”

Don’t offer above the asking price. 

This one’s a weird one, but Natoli says offering more rent than advertised mostly just raises questions with leasing agents. 

“Believe it or not, a lot of property managers see this as a major red flag,” the housing expert said. “When property managers see an offer above asking price they wonder what is hiding in the application that they can’t immediately see.”