Some property management companies and landlords take ALL applications and pick what they believe is the "best" one. Possibly another applicant had a higher credit score or higher income. Do not be discouraged, there are many available properties.
Wardley Real Estate
The Adams Team at
Rothwell Gornt Companies
A few things to help your application:
Start date - the sooner the better if the property is currently vacant
Provide all information requested - missing or incomplete information will raise red flags.
Proof of income - a majority of applications I've declined are because the applicant could not or would not provide proof of income. If you're self employed, be prepared to provide bank statements or a tax return or something that proves your income.
Understand most homes are rented as-is - minor requests may be considered but do not expect too much in cosmetic repairs to be made by the landlord.
Be nice - sounds silly, but it can make the difference especially if you have a borderline application.
If you don't know exactly what is on your credit report, go online and get a copy of your credit report with credit score. There may be things on it you can easily correct. You can also forward a copy with your application and ask for an initial review before you spend money on another application fee. You most likely will still need to pay an application fee, but at least the property manager can give you a thumbs up or thumbs down before officially processing your application.