Securing a rental in a tight market
June 24, 2014 12:06 PM Subscribe
My partner and I are looking for a house to rent in Seattle, which has become an increasingly competitive and expensive rental market. We've finally found a place that we're really excited about and we'll be touring it this weekend. Is there anything we can do to make sure we're the ones who get the house? Should we offer a deposit on the spot? Have credit reports on hand? Any other strategies that have helped you secure a rental in a tight market?
posted by leitmotif to Home & Garden (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Here are some specific ideas we've thought of, but we're not sure if any of them are good ideas. Should we offer the deposit and first & last month's rent as soon as we tour? (If so, do we need some sort of contract?). We have excellent credit and references - should we bring printouts of our credit reports? Is there anything else we could/should do to secure the rental right away?
While these questions probably sound a little nuts, we've been looking for so long that we're really beginning to worry we'll never find anything in our price range, so thanks for any advice you can offer!