Just when you've settled into your new place and have finally put the last pieces together, your landlord calls. They've sold your house and it's time to move again. This sucks for a slew of reasons. For one, moving sucks in general. Two, if you're in Denver and want to stay in Denver, it might cost you an arm and a leg. If it doesn't, you'll probably have an easier time with getting a job and the hiring process than you will with the rental application. I've been through this before, so here's a few tips for getting the home that you (and everyone else apparently) have found to be a good fit.
1. Peruse Craigslist and Zillow throughout the day, everyday. a) You pretty much need to call within the first day that a property is posted in order to even be considered. I would stumble onto perfect properties that had been posted two days prior, only to find out that there's already too many applications to even be given a shot.
2. Once you find a recent post that you want to have a chance for, make multiple points of contact. a) Follow up your initial email with a call. Potential landlords like to know they are talking to a real genuine person that's not some CL robot trying to dig-up market information.
3. Try to make a personal connection. a) Finding a way to relate to your potential property manager can go a long way when it comes to choosing who makes the best fit for their ideal tenant.
4. Be prompt and professional with all dealings. a) The last thing you want is to be the right candidate and lose out, because you slacked on calling them back.
Basically, you just need to be timely, assertive and punctual. Right now, you WILL be competing with several others for the rental you want in Denver, so find a way to let the decision maker know that you are responsible and they won't regret renting to you.
Any other tips for renting in Denver? Post a comment.