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Viewings and tenant selection

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Two major factors to renting your property out are organising a successful viewing and attracting attention of the right tenants.

Property viewings

We’ve put together a handy 5 step guide on arranging and conducting successful property viewings.

1. Be available

It’s easy to lose track of time, emails and phone calls. Put your professional hat on and make sure all the enquiries and viewing requests are answered within a day. Each and every request might well lead to you letting the property out.

2. Clean and de-clutter

You want to attract the right tenant, the one who falls in love with your property. But how is someone meant to love it if it looks like you as a landlord don’t. So, there is no better time than now to fix that sink and paint that wall, to grab a duster and pull a vacuum cleaner out. Clean window sills and pull back curtains. Ensure every room is flooded with natural light. When it comes to viewings even small things can work wonders drumming up potential interest.

3. Perfect presentation

No room should be hidden or not attended to when it comes to presentation. Play it safe with soft, clean décor and non-personal items. A neatly arranged bunch of flowers on the kitchen table can be perfect to create a homely feel and smell. If renting out your property fully furnished ensure the furniture that is in the property for the viewing is the same furniture you intend to supply, to avoid any doubt or confusion.

4. Don’t rush

Allow at least half an hour for every viewing. Otherwise perspective tenants may feel too rushed. You want people to explore, imagine how they can work with the layout, let them look around by themselves. Try to be relaxed and make them feel comfortable.

5. Do your homework

Think of the best things to showcase about your property, make sure you point out the main features. Tell the perspective tenants about local amenities, bus routes, nearby shops. Be ready to answer questions about the property and be asked about rules and expectations you may have as a landlord.

Tenant selection

It is easy to put a tenant in your property but it could be potentially very hard to remove a bad tenant. There are some useful services out there to help you with tenant screening. For a small fee and some peace of mind Tenancy Information NZ will assist you with tenant checking in real time through 15 sources including Tribunal Orders, tenant ratings, credit checks and driver’s license verification.

When meeting tenants for the first time or following up over the phone, make sure you have a list of questions ready to ask and not be afraid to ask them. Your gut instincts will play an important role in your decision making.

Once you’re comfortable with your choice, approve your tenant quickly before someone else does!


The information contained in this article is exclusively for promotional purposes. It does not in any way constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as the basis for any legal action or contractual dealings. The information is not, and does not attempt to be, a comprehensive account of the relevant law in New Zealand. If you require legal advice you should seek independent legal counsel. myRent.co.nz does not accept any liability that may arise from the use of this information.

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