DO get a little personal with your email
“Writing a good introductory email is really important. I always accept people who throw in little about about themselves, like ‘we’re three friends from different countries meeting in NYC’ or 'shhh, I’m proposing to my girlfriend’ this weekend.’ Someone really did get engaged in my apartment -- I felt like I was part of it!”
“I rejected one dude whose note was rude and lacking in basic punctuation, reading: ‘I’ll take this apartment thanks.’”
DO be up for some pre-stay screening
If a Tinder date without sex existed, this would pretty much be it.
"Finding a way to exchange contact details and chat in person before is ideal, but meeting is challenging, so having a way around that is handy. At the very least, they need to be up for phone/skype convo before arriving, so I can get a feel for them."