Posted Oct 23, 2014

Land an Apartment in a Competitive Market with a Renter Resume

You need a resume to land a job, but did you also know a renter resume can help you land your dream apartment in a competitive market like San Francisco? A renter resume functions just like a business resume, but it focuses on the details of your move and your rental history.

This tool is especially helpful if you are looking for an apartment in a city with low vacancy rates. With multiple prospective tenants vying for the same unit, a renter resume immediately sets you apart from the rest of the pack. Here are some tips for creating your renter resume.

What to Include

  • Contact Information: Include your name (and the names of any other occupants), phone number, email address and current address.
  • Photo: Let your potential landlord put a face to a name. It reminds them that you’re a human.
  • Introduction: You don’t want to write a novel, but include a couple of sentences about yourself. It will give your renter resume a bit of personality.
  • Rental History and Contacts: Include contact information for two previous landlords, including phone number and email address, as well as when you rented from them.
  • Target Move-In Date: This will help a landlord know what they have available in your time frame.
  • Occupation, Household Income and Credit Score: Knowing you have a job, can afford the apartment, and have a history of paying bills on time are the most important pieces of information for a landlord.
  • Renters Insurance Policy Information: If you don’t have renters insurance, you should. Stop reading this and get a renters insurance policy. We’ll wait.
  • Pet Information: If you have four-legged roommates, be sure to include their breed, size and age information. A photo of their cute furry face can’t hurt either.

Renter Resume Tips

  • Make Sure It’s Organized: It’s important that your renter resume is clear, focused and laid out in an easy-to-read format.
  • One Page Max: You don’t need to detail your life story on a renter resume–just the important details that are important to a perspective landlord.
  • Don’t Get Too Creative: Your renter resume is a business document. Stick to basic black text in a traditional font that is easy to read–Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri and Verdana are all good choices.
  • Spelling Counts: It really does make a difference whether you use “their,” “they’re,” or “there.” Landlords and property managers are looking for responsible, conscientious renters. When you take the extra step to proofread your renter resume, you present yourself as a worthy prospective renter.

Make it easy on yourself and download the Lovely renter resume template!

Download Renter Resume Template

For those of you who have used a renter resume before, how was it received? Do you think it influenced whether you got the apartment? We’ve love to hear from you, so let us know on Twitter.

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Land an Apartment in a Competitive Market with a Renter Resume

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Niccole Schreck


Niccole is the Senior Brand Manager at Lovely. She has a passion for drinking wine, making things (often with wine corks), and helping renters find a perfect place to live.

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