Of course renting in San Francisco isn’t a piece of cake – but it can be made a little less painful. Here are a few tips for doing just that.
First off, come prepared. Show up with a completed rental application, which should include at least a two-year rental history. Does your credit leave something to be desired? Be prepared to explain yourself.
Seriously consider drafting a cover letter about yourself. Make it brief. Make it powerful. Make it count. You might even include a picture – so long as it’s an appropriate one, okay? Okay.
Follow up after the showing. Email. Phone call. Smoke signals. Something to show the landlord that you’re a serious candidate. But keep a lid on it – only one email, only one phone call. (Smoke signals, however, are unlimited.) Don’t be a stalker.
Do you have a pet? Draft a pet resume. Seriously.
Finally, you might think about upping the game by offering more rent than is being requested. This game is competitive. Be a hard player.
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