Having trouble finding a flat? We’ve compiled five key tips to help make it a bit easier.
Agree on your ideal (and maximum) budget that you can pay for your room.
Compile a cover letter and CV for you flatmates using this template.
Contact referees (e.g. former landlords or employers) who can provide you with references.
Make sure that at least one member of your flatting group is in Wellington during flat hunting season.
Organise and go to as many flat viewings as possible.
You don’t need to suck up to the landlord or property manager, but being friendly and approachable is really important.
Take along a printed copy of your flat cover letter and CV (link) and hand it to the landlord if you are interested in the property.
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Set up a flat bank account where the bond payment and rent payments can be paid out of – this makes it easier for everyone!
Before you move in, walk through with the landlord and take photos of any damage at the property and keep these in a shared folder accessible to all flatmates.
Other useful documents to help get you in the door:
Bond lodgement form: https://tenancy.govt.nz/assets/Forms-templates/Bond-lodgement-form.pdf
For a flatting cover letter template click here.