How do I write a good application?

Do you not get enough responses from the landlords? And have you not yet been invited to a viewing?  

Finding a new home often requires patience and hard work. If you feel like it is taking too long, you may want to keep reading.  

5 tips on how to improve your chances:

  1. Make sure that you live up to the landlord’s wishes for a tenant and make sure that the property matches your criteria. The landlord is not only interested in renting out his / her property fast, but he / she wants to make sure that you as the tenant is the right match. Therefore, remember to fill in your search profile with information about you and your wishes. The landlord is likely to deselect you if you are writing on a property with a higher rent than you have specified as your maximum, or if you have a pet but are writing on a home where pets are not allowed.  

  2. Think of your application like a job application. Does the applicant, who only writes “I want the job” or “When can I start?” often get invited for an interview? It’s a rarity. The same applies when searching for a home. Your search profile is your CV and your message to the landlord is your motivated application to show the landlord that you are the right tenant for the home. The landlord starts by contacting the applicants that he / she sees as potential tenants, and it is therefore often applicants, who have already introduced themselves in their first inquiry. Messages such as "I am interested" and "When can I see the home" are therefore often in the back of the line.

  3. A catchy description of yourself enhances your chances of being invited to a showing. Give the landlords an introduction to who you are, what you do for a living and what you do in your spare time. In larger cities, it can also be an advantage to try to stand out from the other applicants. Do you play a strange instrument or do you go to a different sport? That little extra about yourself can set you apart from other home seekers. Avoid clichés like “responsible, calm, mature,” and don’t copy your profile text directly into the application. Let them compliment each other.

  4. Relate to the landlord's description. It is always a good idea to refer to the property in your application to the landlord. Let the landlord know why the property suits you. This way, you show that you have read the ad, and you avoid that your application seems mass-produced.

  5. Be realistic about your needs and desires so you have a wider range of homes to look for. If you are looking for the same thing as everyone else, the landlord is less likely to choose just you. Search as wide as you can, geographically and be as flexible as you can, with rent and size. You can also consider starting with subletting a home while looking for just the right place. In general, think about what you need to have and what is nice to have.

You are always welcome to contact BoligPortal’s customer service if you have any questions or need tips and tricks on how to improve your chances.