How to tell a genuine student from a backpacker
However, they can be risky tenants – often in casual employment, prone to loud holiday partying and liable to leave before a lease is up.
And the unofficial competition to have the “cheapest” holiday can tempt some backpackers to sublet, leading to overcrowding.
Backpackers know – or soon discover – that few property managers will entertain their applications, so sometimes pose as “students” to have a better chance.
RentCover General Manager, Sharon Fox-Slater, said property managers should check the bona fides of all “students” – asking to see their student card, a letter of admission or student visa.
“Another red flag is if they only want a six month lease instead of signing on for a year,” Sharon said.
“Backpackers might have a healthy bank balance saved up, but ability to pay the rent does not make a good tenant if they are a poor risk in other ways,” she said.