A personal letter accompanying a rental application is a very good thing. I suggest that all of my tenants write one. It is especially important for folks who may have lost their home in foreclosure, or just sold in a short sale. Landlords want to know why a tenant can afford their property, but couldn't afford their own mortgage. A little upfront explanation goes a long way.
A personal letter sealed the deal AGAIN
Letter writing isn't a thing of the past when I'm working with prospective tenants.
I've always been a firm believer in writing a personal letter introducing yourself to a prospective landlord when submitting a lease offer.
In todays economy so many prospective tenants don't look good a paper, but in my experience theres always a reason why; divorce, death, job lose, medical bills, etc.
I have found that writing a letter explaining your circumstances almost always supersedes a bad credit report or a questionable rental application.
A few weeks ago another one of my clients signed a lease all because of the personal letter we submitted with their lease offer. The listing agent/owner was reluctant after reviewing their rental application and credit, but after reading my clients "sincere letter" their offer was accepted.
Letter writing may seem like a thing of the past, but if you are looking for a rental I highly recommend submitting a personal letter along with your lease offer regardless if your credit is 800 or 400.