Frequently Asked Questions

What is Tenant Options?

Tenant Options is an online application process for applying for rental properties of your choice. Tenant Options allows you to create a “Rental Profile” and use your profile to apply for multiple properties by duplicating your profile as a new application for each property. The advantage of using Tenant Options is the automated reference checking process. Your referees will be contacted via Tenant Options based on the information you enter into your application to verify your particulars ready for the agent to review. This can even be done before you find a property to apply for allowing you to be ready to submit your application instantly whilst saving time for you and the property manager.

How long is my referee information valid for?

Tenant Options will highlight to the agent if references are older than 2 weeks. [Note each agent may have different time frame expectancies on validity of references] You will receive an alert advising you to refresh your reference information before you apply for a property. If are not ready to apply for a property in the near future, it may be better to wait until you find a property and have seen it you before applying and sending your reference requests.

My referee[s] have not responded yet

It is a good idea to notify your Referee’s when you send them a reference request so they know to expect an email from Tenant Options and can respond as quickly as possible. If they do not respond you will receive an alert advising you after 48 hours. If this happens, confirm that you have entered the correct email address. It would then be a good idea to contact the referee yourself to see if they have received the request and ask if they could please respond. Don’t forget to confirm their email address and to the remind them to check their spam/junk box. If they still have not received your request resend it by clicking the send reference email button for that particular referee. Contact our support if you have any difficulties and advise the Property manager of the property you are applying for as they may decide to call your referee direct to save further delays.

I have forgotten my password

Click on the “forgot my password” button and follow the prompts.

I have forgotten my username

Your username is the Email address you used to create your account. If you still have trouble remembering this, please contact our support and we will verify your identity and provide your specific email address.

Can I change my profile details, or do i have to create a new application?

You can easily change your details in your profile. Your profile information can be used each time you apply for a property, when you apply for a new property, the system will take your current profile information and create an application to send to the manager of the property. Remember if your employment details change such as wage increase or status you will need to re submit your reference request to them for your information to be correct.

Is Tenant Options secure? Can I delete my profile?

You can delete your profile at any time, simply go to your setting in "My Account Settings" and select the option to delete your account.

Tenant Options uses all the standard security protocols, including SSL certificates encrypting the information between connections to help keep your information secure between your computer and our servers.

How do I apply for multiple properties?

Once you have created a profile or logged back in from previous sessions, select “Applications” and then “Apply for a property” to apply for another property.

Do I need to have my referees response to each property I apply for?

No, by using Tenant Options your referee’s responses will be valid for up to 2 weeks for all the properties you apply for. If you apply for a property after 2 weeks, you will be prompted to review your details and update them if applicable. You will then need to RE SEND reference requests to your referee’s again. It is advisable to once again alert your referee to expect this email from Tenant Options and why they may be receiving it again.

What is the difference between manually adding an additional applicant or emailing them an invitation?

The intention of these features is to link your applications when apply for a property, this shows the Property Manager that more than one applicant is applying for a property together. If you wish to fill in an application on behalf of your spouse or partner, then you may select the “Add Applicant” button (However, it is still advised that you fill it out together) Alternatively, you may email an application to friends and others you intend to move into a property with which will link your applications in the system.

What if my referee does not have an email address?

Make note of this in the special comments field advising the Property Manager so they can call them. If this is not communicated to the PM they may assume you have an incomplete application and may not process it. The advantage of using Tenant Options is the automated referencing process via email. Your referees will be contacted via Tenant Options based on the information you enter into your application to verify your particulars ready for the agent to review.

By using Tenant Options your application will be ready sooner so you can apply for a property you like, and hopefully you will be ahead of everyone else.

What is the difference between “Additional Occupants” and “Additional Applicants”?

Additional occupants are those living with you that will not be listed on the lease. e.g. children. These occupants are generally not responsible for terms on the lease.

Additional Applicants are those who are applying for a property with you, their information will be on the lease. (Note, Additional Applicants cannot be under 18)

What is the “Send reference email” button?

Tenant Options has the unique ability to save time for the agent by having your referee’s provide information about you via an email response. By clicking the send reference email you are sending a request to your nominated referee to confirm to the agent the information you have entered about your employment or rental history etc. The referee is asked to verify the information and or make any changes if they notice a discrepancy. You will be alerted once your nominated referee[s] responds to Tenant Options. This information is then forwarded to the Property manager as part of their application review process.

Personal Information

What does “Add Applicant” and “Invite Applicant” mean?

Tenant Options allows you and your friend or partner to apply for a  property together. There are two ways to do this:

  • Invite Applicant via email
  • Manually Add Applicant

Invite Applicant by email allows you to send an email to the other applicant you wish you apply for a property with. They will receive a request to join you and this will link your applications for properties you apply for.

Add Applicant allows you to manually add the additional applicant when applying for properties. This option is preferred for couples/spouses who may share the same current living arrangement, email account or may wish to enter their information together under one account.

What do the government assistant questions mean?

If you are receiving Rental or Bond Assistance from the government such as SA Housing Trust you will need to select “yes” to either or both these options and in most cases agents will require you to upload any documentation to support this.

What is a professional reference?

A professional or personal reference, also known as a character reference, is a reference provided by an individual who knows you well and can vouch for your character and abilities. This may be someone with a good standing in the community or a business person other than a family member, your employer or a work colleague.

What does the Utility Connection check box do?

The Utility Connection check box informs the Property Manager that you wish to be contacted by a Utility Broker to assist you with connecting your Utilities upon moving into your new property

By selecting yes you are only advising the agent you wish to be contacted for information about utility providers. You can decline their service at anytime and organize your own utilities independently. Click here to see our terms & conditions.

Employment Information

I am both Employed & Self employed

Please select your current most dominant source of income. You also have the option to enter additional income in the "Other" tile of the application. e.g for a second job/business.

I am a Student & Employed

Please enter your Employed information, as it is important for the Property Manager to assess you on your individual income. You may then enter your student information in the "Student" tile.

What can I enter in Other Income?

This is the Gross income before expenses & Tax. It may include anything from Rental income you receive, Shares or Royalties.

Why do I use my accountant for my “Self Employed” reference? What happens if i don't use an accountant?

Just as if you were employed we would require a reference and confirmation of your income from your employer. Your accountant will be asked to confirm your self employed status and your business income. This will aid in showing your ability to meet your rental obligations.

If you do not use a qualified accountant please provide the details of another owner of the business if applicable that will not be living with you. In the event that you are unable to provide a person to speak on behalf of your business status please contact the rental agent direct.

My referees do not use Email

If your referees do not use an email, it is important to inform the property manager and add that as a note in your application. This way they know to call the referee to confirm the information you have provided.

I do not receive student or parent allowances, what do i do?

If you receive none of these allowances, then enter "0" to show that your earnings do not come from these allowances.

What statements are required in the student income details?

If you receive a student allowance, then a copy of your income statements from Centrelink will help to prove this.

If your income is from your parents, then a copy of your bank statement showing the income will help to prove this.

Living Arrangement

What if I don't have a previous Landlord/Agent or know their current contact details to provide a reference?

The more correct current information you can provide the speedier your application will be processed and the quicker you will have a response. Complete as much information as you can in the required fields and then advise the agent in the additional comments box or directly of the situation. It is advisable to contact your current/previous agency and confirm the best email you should refer the reference to and that they are going to be at work to receive the email.

Documentation

Why do i need to upload my drivers license and passport?

You are only required to upload one of the two, your Driver's License or Passport. However, you may upload both if you choose. The reason why you are required to provide one of these, is to help prove your identity.

Why do I need to upload my payslips and bank statement?

You are only required to upload one of the two, your payslips or bank statement. However, you may upload both if you choose. The reason why you are required to provide this is to help prove your identity and income, this is used to help determine your ability to make rent payments

Why must I upload my centrelink statement?

You are only required to upload this if you receive government support through centrelink. This is to help prove the income support you receive and will therefore help to determine your ability to make rent payments

What other documents am I required to upload?

If you have provided documentation in Group A relating to your identity, Group B relating to your income and any centrelink documents if you receive government support. Any additional documentation is not required but available if you wish to provide additional documentation. This can include documents such as; Other statements proving income, other documents proving your identity and other documents supporting other areas of your application, such as Council Rates proving ownership of your home if you are a homeowner.

Property Selection

Why do I need to add a property?

Adding a property creates an application using the current information from your Profile which is then sent to the Property Manager. Each property manager is connected to a property, by adding a specific property it will send your application to the property manager showing your interest in renting the property.

What information is sent to the Real Estate agent when I add a property?

All your information entered within the application is sent to the Real Estate Agency so they may review your application. This includes all information entered across all Personal information, Employment Status, Living arrangements, Documentation and your reference information and the responses from your referees.

How do i add a property?

To add a property, select “Applications” and select “Start a new application” from there you will be able to add a property to apply for. Your application will then be sent to the Property Manager of that Property.