What are some surefire ways to get approved?
So you’ve found the perfect neighborhood and a place you want to rent. Great... but don’t forget that everyone else is looking too, and it’s a dog-eat-dog world for renters in Seattle. However, Haslet has some insight into how you can make sure your rental application sails on through. “Put yourself in a landlord's shoes and ask what might make them feel more comfortable with you as a tenant. That could be providing a history of on-time payments, verification of employment, verification of assets or a note to let them know how you plan to take care of their property,” Halset suggests.
It’s all about making sure you provide proof that you will be a responsible tenant, he says. “Being a landlord can be a nerve-racking experience and the more concerns that you can remove from the table, the higher likelihood that a landlord will feel comfortable letting you live in their home.”
Rollinger agrees and encourages renters to think outside of the box when looking to find a place. Talking to other other renters could help you snag a place that’s being rented by word-of-mouth and taking on a roommate could help you afford a place in the neighborhood where you really want to live.
And always control the things you can. “Make sure to let your employers know that you'll be using them as a reference. I've seen people lose out on properties because their employers didn't get back to us fast enough and we had to move on to the next application, and they would have made great tenants,” Rollinger says.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable place in Seattle, here’s the takeaway: timing is key, if you play your cards right you really can have convenience at an affordable price, and renters who go the extra mile will get the place. So go forth and rent, and welcome to the Emerald City... just don’t take my seat on the bus.
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Cody Permenter is a freelance writer for Thrillist, and he really regrets living in a micro studio for six months. Follow him on Twitter.