5 Statements That Can Ruin Your Apartment Application

November 21st, 2017

Landing the perfect apartment is not that easy. It requires a lot of time, effort and patience to find the best one that suits your taste and preference.

And even if you have the money to get the apartment you’ve always wanted, it doesn’t mean that you can automatically get it. You still need to prove that you are a responsible tenant and you can take good care of his/her property.

Landlords screens their potential tenants not only by what’s written on his/her paper. They also look at their personality and behavior especially when they are talking face to face. So if you are very close in signing the tenancy agreement, make sure to avoid saying the following words or statements (to the landlord) as they might hinder you from landing your dream place.

Landlord Agreement

“I hate my current landlord”

Don’t talk ill about your current landlord in the face of your soon-to-be landlord. Even if this is the very reason of your move, don’t ever talk about it as it might perceive you as “high maintenance”. If your soon-to-be landlord asked you about the reason of your move, simply says you need more space or an apartment close to your workplace.

“Can I ask more questions?”

Yes, it’s absolutely ok to ask questions especially if it’s your first time to rent an apartment. However, learn when or where to stop if the conversation is taking quite a lot of time already.

If you ask anything under the sun, the landlord might think you are quite a complainer in the making. Don’t ask what kind of material is used on the floor and any other thing that doesn’t really concern you as a tenant.

“I can’t wait to get a pet that can accompany me in here!”

A lot of apartments nowadays are pet friendly. But this doesn’t mean that you have to get a lot of furry friends to live with you at your rented space. Although landlords are ok with a dog or cat, they might think twice about handing you the keys if you tell them your plans about adding more cats or dogs in the future.

“My friends and relatives works few blocks away from here”

Leave your friends and relatives out of your conversation with your landlord. Don’t tell him/her that your bestfriend is working just around the corner as your landlord might think that she/he might crash your place from time to time or stay there for good (without your landlord’s knowledge or consent).

“I move a lot”

Don’t tell your future landlord that you move a lot. Even if you plan to stay at your newly found apartment for good, telling your landlord this statement might make him/her think that you won’t stay for a long time. This can make him/her think twice about your application as they want a long-term tenant.


18 responses to “5 Statements That Can Ruin Your Apartment Application”

  1. Jenn says:

    This is a great advise. I never would have thought of not mentioning friends and relatives being so close. I’m going to pass this on to our friends that are currently looking.

  2. Mercedes says:

    I need apartment 2 bedroom for me my husband and litte girl.Is a emergency I from Puerto Rico for Hurricane.

  3. I think these are all great advice but I don’t think you should stop asking questions if you have some! It is important that you know everything you need to know and the prospective landlord/agency should be aware of that

  4. Jen Temcio says:

    I never really thought about not mentioning friends and family living nearby but I can see how a landlord might get nervous about having people in and out a lot!

  5. Tara Pittman says:

    Would have never thought of this. I will share this with my daughter.

  6. We own our home, and aren’t thinking of moving. However, these are great things I would have never thought of.

  7. This is such a great advice post! The rental market is so competitive where I live! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I couldn’t agree more with these statements: especially the one with “moving a lot.” Landlords want consistency and a steady tenant.

  9. Wendy Polisi says:

    This is really good to know. First timers need all the help they can get.

  10. I wish I knew this when I got my first apartment. Great info for the future!

  11. Great tips for anyone looking for an apartment. The more info you give and the more questions you ask really makes a difference.

  12. Catalina says:

    This are sunch useful tips! I know how important may be an apartment application!

  13. Athena says:

    Basically it is very similar to applying for a job. Use care in what you say and share and make sure the landlord knows you are serious and committed to making the relationship work.

  14. Great advice. I never thought of it that way. Seeing thing from a different perspective is so important.

  15. This is such an interesting post. Back when we rented I don’t think I ever thought there may be certain things I shouldn’t say or ask when applying. Good to know!

  16. I would only disagree about asking questions.. An honest landlord should WANT to answer any questions you may have.

  17. My brother is currently looking to rent an apartment. I’ll have to share this with him just in case he needs some pointers. Thanks for this!

  18. Thu Ho says:

    this is such great advice, and indeed, a really interesting article. I would surely apply this when on my way of moving to a new place.

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