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
- Background check
Remember â 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.
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.
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.
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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(City, State ZIP Code)
(Landlord or property manager name)
(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,
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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We are a month and a half into quarantine and date nights in many households have devolved into, âWhat have we not seen on Netflix yet?âÂ 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.Â 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.Â I figured if I was already doing the work, I might as well share the wealth with you all!Â Â
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.Â Play each other your favorite songs from different eras or events in life.Â Â
What song was popular when you went to your first school dance?Â Did you ever learn a choreographed dance to a song?Â What was it?Â What was your first favorite country/hip hop/punk song?Â Did you ever dedicate a song to someone on the radio? Make a mixtape?Â First breakup/heartbreak song you listened to 100 times?
Music is such an integral part of our memories.Â 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!
This is an amusing challenge for the nose and tastebuds.Â Taste three (or five–no judgment here) wines and figure out which is which based solely on the tasting notesâ¦.you know the âhints of pencil lead and cranberry.âÂ 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.Â This is an evening bound to be full of laughter.Â 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
It sounds silly, but this really can be a learning experience. If youâve been together you may think you know all the answers…but remember peopleâs tastes and preferences change.Â 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!
Yes! This is actually possible via Netflix Party. Â Pick a movie ahead of time, grab the popcorn and candy and chat with your favorite duo.Â Â
Take a trip down memory lane
Look at each otherâs pictures from your favorite vacation together.Â Youâll be surprised to see the vacation through their eyes and their memories.Â You can relive the best times together and appreciate it in a whole new way.Â 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.Â
Join for free on their Instagram Live feed on May 15 2020 at 15:00pm BST / 10:00am EST
Read What to Do this Weekend: Date Night In Ideas on Apartminty.
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