Top 10 Things Tenants Look for in a Rental Property

Whether it’s your home or a newly-acquired investment, renting your property for the first time can be daunting. 

So how do you find great tenants? What are they looking for?

This blog post shares our inside knowledge to help you attract interest from the best tenants! 

Read on for the top ten features tenants tell us they want in a rental property.

Rental “Must-Haves” 

First, consider the essentials. These vary, but we’ve found many tenants won’t go without: 


1. Heating and cooling

Here in Perth, with summer temperatures exceeding 40°C, an effective cooling system is also a must— no air-conditioning can be a dealbreaker.

Popular cooling options include: 

  • evaporative
  • split system (single/multi-split) 
  • reverse cycle (ducted/single unit).


If your property doesn’t have air-conditioning, make this a priority. If budget permits, consider options that provide heating and cooling.

With winter temperatures as low as 2°C, many Perth tenants also look for heating options when choosing their rental.  


2. Pets

Pets are controversial among landlords — but many tenants won’t consider your property if their “fur babies” aren’t welcome. 

Pet owners often pay more and sign longer leases, so keep an open-mind and consider fencing the yard!

Yes, pets can be messy, but bonds can cover repairs or cleaning/fumigation costs.


3. Security 

Every tenant is entitled to feel safe at home.

A minimum level of security is required under the Residential Tenancies Act (1989).

This includes a:

  • single/double cylinder deadlock OR AS 5039-2008 compliant key-lockable security screen (front doors) 
  • deadlock, compliant security-screen, or patio-bolt (other doors)
  • working latches/locks (openable windows)
  • light at/near main entry (operable from inside).


For more information, see DMIR’s fact-sheet on minimum security standards.

Extra measures to appeal to security-conscious tenants include:

  • security camera systems
  • “smart” door locks
  • window/door alarms 
  • motion-sensitive lighting.


Features and Extras

Every tenant is different, with individual needs.  However these features we find have broad appeal.


4. Parking

Off-street parking, lock-up garages and multiple car spaces are sought-after. 

Creating additional parking spaces can add value. 


5. Low-maintenance gardens 

Most tenants prefer low-maintenance gardens. Consider incorporating:

  • trees/shrubs 
  • paved courtyards/artificial grass
  • reticulation 
  • hardy, drought tolerant plants


Not everyone wants to be a “plant parent”, and that’s okay.

A low-maintenance garden is more likely to survive, and will appeal to more tenants. 


6. Solar panels

Solar panels appeal to tenants looking to reduce power bills and their carbon footprint. 

Tenants may pay a premium, and stay longer, if a rental helps them live sustainably. 


7. Gas cooking

Gas cooking is popular as it:

  • heats quickly and cooks evenly
  • works when power fails.
  • has traditionally been low-cost.


8. Covered outdoor areas

Whether it’s summer or winter, a covered outdoor area can be a major plus for many tenants. 

You might consider:

  • an awning or shade sail 
  • plastic café blinds
  • a covered pergola.


9. Built-in/walk-in robes 

Tenants love built-in and walk-in wardrobes.

They save space, look better and save them buying wardrobes. 


10. Sheds/outdoor storage


Outdoor storage is useful – it can:

  • reduce outdoor, and indoor, clutter 
  • store vehicles/sports equipment/work gear
  • provide hobby space 
  • safely store chemicals.

Other Amenities

Other amenities we find tenants like included: 

    • remodelled kitchens with quality appliances, generous cupboards
    • renovated bathrooms, bathtubs
    • good connectivity: internet/Wi-Fi/mobile signal
    • timber flooring

Put your best foot forward with expert property management 

If this list feels overwhelming, don’t worry — we’re here to help! 

At We Love Rentals, we help landlords strategize effectively to find the best tenants. 

We’ll help you tweak your property to attract quality applicants, then vet them thoroughly, using three industry-recognised tenancy databases. 

After selecting your ideal tenant, you’ll be allocated a property manager with local knowledge, who’ll look after your property like it’s their own. Our flat-rate management fee has no hidden surprises! 

To take your rental property to the next level, contact our friendly, family-run management team on 08 62546300 or via our website. 

I am the licensee of We Love Rentals and provide support to the team whenever needed. I began my real estate career over two decades years ago. While I loved seeing people achieve their dream of a new home for their family, I kept thinking that there had to be a better way of doing real estate – one with respect for the long term benefit of the client and one that focuses on customer satisfaction.