Hi all, My partner and I decided it best suited to us, whilst in Sydney to rent ourselves and invest elsewhere. We are looking to upgrade our rental as we have been living well below our means the last year while we did some saving and buying and it's now time to reward ourselves with some simple luxuries like air con, a dishwasher and a toilet in the house. There's a lot of competition in the hills district area which we are looking and as a younger couple with 2 large dogs it's proving quite difficult. What extra measures can tenants take to increase their chances of being approved? I have heard of people offering a higher price, offering to do some work, paint/carpet, etc. also showing savings accounts. Would it be a good idea to include council rate notices of our own properties? Maybe offer a larger bond, rent paid in advance? As an investor, what makes an application stand out for you?