Rental Cover Letter: Sample Letter to Rent a House

In 2020, there were 43 million renters. With a high demand for apartments and houses and limited supply, it is difficult to secure the exact place you want to rent. In a highly competitive rental market, how do you stand out from other renters and snag the perfect place? Write a rental cover letter.

Yes, you read that right! We suggest including a rental cover letter with your rental application to help your application shine compared to other potential tenants. We’ll explain why you should write a rental cover letter and we’ll even include a sample letter to rent a house that you can use.

Why write a rental cover letter

Typically, you’d include a cover letter with a job application to summarize your past experiences, highlight your best qualities and advocate for why you deserve the job. Well, the same is true for the housing market. Including a rental cover letter can help you stand out from other applicants and leave a lasting impression with the landlord, especially in cities or neighborhoods where there are fewer rental vacancies.

While it’s not required to include a rental cover letter with your rental application, it’s an extra step you can take to show the landlord that you’re serious about wanting to rent from them and provide additional context about who you are and why you’d be a stellar tenant.

Criteria landlords look for

When landlords are sifting through rental applications, there are a few things they look for to help them decide who they should pick. Landlords look at:

  • Credit history
  • Employment history
  • Rental history
  • Income
  • References
  • Background check

Remember — landlords want to rent houses to someone who will pay the rent on time, keep the property in tip-top condition and be a polite neighbor. All of these things usually go into the rental application itself, but a rental cover letter is an extra opportunity for you to showcase that you’ll be an ideal tenant.

It’s especially important when renting a house because you’ll likely have your own yard to maintain and be living next to other renters or homeowners that you’ll want to impress.

Things to include in your rental cover letter

So, what exactly should you include in your rental cover letter? Here are a few things to consider including and how they may help you out in your hunt for the perfect house to rent.

Highlight your employment history

Because landlords want to rent to people who have a steady income and will pay the rent on time each month, providing more information about your employment history can help you out. For example, you could share how many years you’ve worked at the same place which will show that you’re a reliable, steadily-employed person.

Woman reading a book and drinking coffee.

Share your hobbies

To show a bit of your personality and humanize your application, you could include your hobbies and share what you like to do on the weekends and in your free time in your rental cover letter. This is appealing to landlords who rent houses because they’ll care about how you’ll interact with the other people in the neighborhood.

Discuss your philosophy on what makes a good neighbor

Everyone wants to live next to good neighbors. In your sample letter to rent a house, you could include a story about how you’ve connected with neighbors in the past to showcase that you’re the ideal neighbor.

Neighbors.

Explain why you want to live in this house and neighborhood

If this is the perfect home for you, share that in the rental cover letter. Share specific examples of why you chose this house and neighborhood. Those details will show that you truly care.

All of this is optional, but sharing these details will highlight who you are and help personalize your application. It’s also important to remember that under the Fair Housing Act, landlords cannot discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or disability. You do not need to include any of this information in your rental cover letter.

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Sample letter to rent a house

This sample letter to rent a house is an easy-to-use template that you can use when drafting your own rental cover letter. Simply fill in the blanks and customize as needed.

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(Your name)
(Address)
(City, State ZIP Code)

(Date)

(Landlord or property manager name)
(Address)
(City, State ZIP Code)

Re: (Your name) Renter Cover Letter for (Address or property name)

Dear (Landlord name),

My name is (Your name) and I’m writing to you because I’m very interested in renting the home that’s available at (Address or property name). I was particularly interested in this place because (Reasons you want to rent there).

I currently am a renter at (Current address) but am eager to move because (Reason for wanting to move).

I’m sure you receive several rental applications each day, so I wanted to take some time to help you get to know me a little better and show you why I’m the best applicant for this vacancy.

  • (Highlight of employment history)
  • (Rental history highlight)
  • (Something about your hobbies, passions or interests)
  • (Note about how you’re a good neighbor and tenant)
  • (Quote from a reference about your character)

Based on these facts listed above, I think you’ll find that I’m a reliable, good neighbor and tenant who will pay my rent on time, keep the apartment in mint condition and communicate easily with you about any and all needs.

Please feel free to reach out to my references or to me personally with any questions or concerns you may have. I’m eager to rent from you and look forward to your decision.

Thanks for your consideration,

(Signature)
(Printed name)
(Email address)
(Phone number)


Stand out from the competition

Finding and securing a place to rent is difficult, so you want all the tips and tricks you can get. By writing a rental cover letter, you’ll be one step ahead of other potential renters and will be one step closer to moving into your new home.

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What to Do this Weekend: Date Night In Ideas

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We are a month and a half into quarantine and date nights in many households have devolved into, ‘What have we not seen on Netflix yet?’  While we are all ready to get back out and about, there are plenty of fun date night at home options to help you enjoy and appreciate your partner.  This post is partially inspired by the fact that we are celebrating our wedding anniversary tonight and I was already doing so research on what to do this weekend.  I figured if I was already doing the work, I might as well share the wealth with you all!  

Check out a few of our best date night in ideas

Name that Tune

This really is a fun activity that we typically do on road trips, but it works just as well for date night.  Play each other your favorite songs from different eras or events in life.  

What song was popular when you went to your first school dance?  Did you ever learn a choreographed dance to a song?  What was it?  What was your first favorite country/hip hop/punk song?  Did you ever dedicate a song to someone on the radio? Make a mixtape?  First breakup/heartbreak song you listened to 100 times?

Music is such an integral part of our memories.  It is sure to bring out some great stories from your partner that you have never heard before and some great stories from your past that you may have completely forgotten about. All you really need is a Spotify account, your beverage of choice!

Wine Tasting

This is an amusing challenge for the nose and tastebuds.  Taste three (or five–no judgment here) wines and figure out which is which based solely on the tasting notes….you know the ‘hints of pencil lead and cranberry.’  This can be made romantic with dim lights and some candles or you can make this more upbeat with some fun background playlists.

Optional additions to make the night more festive: Cheeses, nuts, olives, crackers, honey

Minute to Win It

Impress each other with feats of strength and balance.  This is an evening bound to be full of laughter.  Check out this video for inspiration! Challenges include…

  • Face the Cookie.
  • Stack Attack.
  • Movin’ On Up.
  • Junk in the Trunk.
  • Suck It Up.
  • Penny Hose.
  • Ping Pong Bounce.

Sweets for Sweethearts

Bake together…even if neither of you is an expert in the kitchen, learning something new together is good for relationships!

Here are some recipes that have videos to go along with them

For easy cooking try these 3 Ingredient Desserts

For all those ripe bananas on your counter

For when you can only be trusted with the microwave

20 Questions

It sounds silly, but this really can be a learning experience. If you’ve been together you may think you know all the answers…but remember people’s tastes and preferences change.  Do you really know that sweet tarts are still his favorite candy? Or is Paris still her number one destination? The answers could surprise you!

Double Date 

Yes! This is actually possible via Netflix Party.  Pick a movie ahead of time, grab the popcorn and candy and chat with your favorite duo.  

Take a trip down memory lane

Look at each other’s pictures from your favorite vacation together.  You’ll be surprised to see the vacation through their eyes and their memories.  You can relive the best times together and appreciate it in a whole new way.  Bring in even more sensory memories by adding a favorite food or drink you discovered during that trip.

Or Take a Virtual Trip

Ever wonder what Venice is like during lockdown?

Join Travel Curious on their next tour with your Venetian born guide, Luca, who will take you on a live virtual walking tour of Venice and will end up in the Venetian mask-maker artisan shop. 

Join for free on their Instagram Live feed on May 15 2020 at 15:00pm BST / 10:00am EST

https://www.instagram.com/travelcurioustours/?hl=en

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Spring + Summer Recipes to Fill Your Instagram Feed

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It’s officially May and that means summer is just around the corner!!  While a lot of things have changed this year, my love of summer remains!  Bring on the warm weather…am I right?  Along with sundresses and sunglasses comes a whole bunch of fresh fruits and vegetables I can’t wait to get my hands on.  The delicious recipes below from some of my favorite bloggers will all be in heavy rotation for the next month.  If you need a refreshing cocktail to go along with these delicious bites, bookmark these summer cocktails for your next read.

SUMMER PEACH BALSAMIC CAPRESE SALAD

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | One-Pot Tomato, Chickpea, and Orzo Pasta
via Whole and Heavenly Oven

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STRIPED JUICE POPSICLES

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Slow Cooker Butter Bean Minestrone
via The View From Great Island

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TOMATO, PEACH, & BURRATA SALAD

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Cucumber Quinoa Salad
via Two Peas & Their Pod

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STRAWBERRY GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Winter Kale Salad
via Foodess

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BAKED RATATOUILLE TIAN

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Pizza Pasta Salad
via KELLIES FOOD TO GLOW

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SUMMER FRUIT BREAKFAST BAKE

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Rustic Polenta Casserole
via Eazy Peazy Mealz

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BLUEBERRY BREAD PUDDING

Make-Ahead Recipes | Meal Prep Guide | Enchilada Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
via Spicy Southern Kitchen

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