How to Quickly Find a Tenant for Your St. Louis Property - article banner

To find a St. Louis tenant quickly, you’ll need a strategic marketing plan and an automated tenant screening system that will allow you to identify and place a good resident in a matter of weeks. Long vacancy times will drain your ROI and stall your rental income. Acting quickly is important, but you don’t want to take any shortcuts.

Here’s how we quickly find tenants for the properties we manage.

Accurate Rental Property Pricing

Finding and attracting good tenants quickly begins with the right rental price. If your property is priced outside of the market, you’re not going to get very far. Spend some time evaluating competing rental homes. Get an idea of what the market is demanding in terms of rental values. If it’s a competitive market, you may have to drop your price a bit just to get good tenants into your home. If inventory is low, you can lift your price up to the high end of your rental range and still attract great residents.

The market drives your rental value. If you’re not sure how to approach it, contact a St. Louis property manager for access to good market data and recommendations for rental value.

Marketing Your St. Louis Rental Property

Proactive and responsive marketing will help you find a tenant fast. A good marketing plan will focus on several key things:

  • Excellent photographs. Prospective tenants will scroll through your photos before they read the description or hunt for further information. They have to be attention-grabbing, and there should be a lot of them.
  • Concise descriptions. Make sure your listing includes all the pertinent information about your rental property, such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms and any special features that sets it apart. But, keep it short and simple. Tenants won’t want to read long paragraphs. Bullet points are best.
  • Include your rental price. You don’t want to waste anyone’s time.
  • Share your contact information. Tenants will need to know how to get in touch for more information or to schedule a showing.

You’ll want to syndicate your rental listing out to as many online sites as possible. Most tenants in St. Louis are using Zillow, Zumper, Rentals.com, HotPads, Rent Café, and other similar sites.

Be Responsive with Showings

Tenants will need to move quickly when they’re looking for a home, so don’t leave them waiting for a call back or a returned message. Be responsive. It’s the only way to get your property rented quickly. Schedule showings at times that are easy and convenient for your prospects. It might make sense to install a self-showing system so tenants don’t have to work around your schedule. Data has shown that homes with a lockbox or a smart lock rent faster because more tenants can see them and make decisions about whether to fill out an application.

Screen Quickly and Responsibly

Tenant screening needs to be thorough, but it shouldn’t hold up the process of leasing your St. Louis property. Make sure you have everything in place so you can quickly evaluate an application for:

  • Acceptable and verifiable income
  • Good credit
  • Eviction history
  • Criminal history
  • Landlord references

Once you know a tenant meets your qualifying standards, offer a lease agreement. Collect the move-in funds, explain and sign the lease, and choose a move-in date.

These things can work smoothly, and they should. If you’re having trouble with vacancy and you need help renting out your home, contact us at Amoso Properties. We’re here for all your St. Louis property management needs.