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Best place to begin is on the road. Go out to a few open houses and meet the Property Managers. Depending on the area and type of property, they will give you some ideas on how to put your application forward. Also, don’t be afraid to take on a short term lease so that you can prove yourself.
The condition of the bathroom will be the factor when selling. Consider whether the purchaser will be able to live with the bathroom as is and renovate in a year or two. If not, renovating may be the best option.