Luxembourg is a tiny country in the heart of Europe. Over the past decade Luxembourg has continued to see a substantial influx of expats flocking to this little country to take advantage of all it has to offer economically. With a population increased by more than 120,000 over the past ten years, it’s no wonder that very often, the demand for rent far outweighs the availability. Therefore, if you find yourself here and looking for accommodation be prepared to set up multiple viewings just in case. It’s always important as a tenant to try and find the perfect fit. This includes price point, location, property details as well as hopefully the right landlord for you to meet your needs. It’s more than likely that there will be many potential tenants interested in the same property, thus you will need to make a good first impression right away. You will want to make sure that you stand out from other applicants.
Here are a few tips to impress!
Make sure to look good
Regardless of how you feel about the age–old English idiom of “don’t judge a book by its cover” first impressions are what count! As in many situations, you may not have a second chance to shift one’s initial perception. This means be on time and always present the best version of yourself from the very beginning. Thus, with your hair in order and your beard shaved, you will hopefully help the landlord to be more inclined to trust you with their property.
Prepare your “tenants curriculum”
The first step for tenants is winning the landlord going to the visit of the property with all the required documents. Then take care to prepare an organized file in time, in which the owner can find everything he needs:
- Proper identification
- Proof of income
- Employment contract
Tenants, prove your sincerity
Take the initiative to add some documents that can attest to your professionalism. For example, state rent subsidies, or anything that can corroborate your regularity of payments. You never know when you may just need that extra little push with the landlord in your favor.
Be smart, kind and respectful
Often times, convincing a landlord is comparable to impressing an employer during an interview. The landlord must choose the person who fits their criteria best to “entrust” their property to. To gain their confidence, it’s important to prove to them that you are trustworthy and that you are a serious person. In other words, that you would never damage the property. Moreover, showing that you are able to comply with all rental agreements will help you gain the landlord’s trust.
Submit an insurance policy
Although not legally imperative, having third-party liability coverage not only reflects on your capacity to take on responsibility but it also protects you from any unforeseen accidents that may arise both inside the property or elsewhere. Under Luxembourgish tax law, third-party liability insurances are deductible from your annual income tax. Keep in mind if you are selected by the landlord as the lucky occupant than you should also apply for tenant insurance, which will be calculated based on the property.
Tenants, ask questions!
If you have any questions, ask them! Questions often reflect one’s interest in the property being viewed and one’s overall knowledge of what goes into maintaining in general a property. Also, it never hurts to be curious and ask questions about the surroundings of that particular listing. Similarly, try to understand what makes that property a good fit for you and possibly your family. Well, thought out questions display interest in a place and lend to how well you have prepared for this viewing.
Remember, it’s not just you coming to this appointment. Indeed, all parties including the agency and landlord have made the commitment to be present. Thus, take responsibility to arrive as best prepared as possible. This will ensure that you have the most optimal chance of being selected by the landlord.