Have questions about Home leasing?

Below is a helpful guide explaining the entire process.

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Filling Out An Application
Once you find a place where you want to live, your agent will review the landlords requirements for making application and check availability. You will be required to fill out a rental application, supply your drivers license and grant permission for your history and credit to be reviewed. Each person over the age of 18 will be required to complete an application (even if one has no job or credit history). In most cases, each applicant will be charged an application fee. This fee is non-refundable. Timing and communication is critical at this stage.
Important Details

Some detailed information you should expect during the application process:

  • Income: The gross monthly income for all tenants should be at least 3-4 times the monthly rent amount.
  • Employment: Most landlords will require verifiable employment history for at least the past three years. If you are self-employed, retired, or not employed, they may accept such documents as signed tax returns (2 years minimum), W-2's, bank statements, paycheck stubs, etc that provide proof of applicant's ability to pay the rent. If military, you will need a current copy of your LES.
  • Residency: Verifiable residence history for a least three years whether you currently own or rent.
  • Credit History/Tenant Screening Process: Will most likely be completed through an online process.
  • Criminal, Sex Offense, & Terrorist Database History: They will check for inclusion in state and national databases.
  • Occupancy: The total number of tenants and occupants will be determined by the landlords criteria.
  • Pets: Pet policies and deposits vary from home to home. Most homes are limited to the number and size of pets. Most homes do not permit dog types that may have violent tendencies, including but not limited to: Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Chows or any similar breed or mixed breed.
  • Applicants may be denied or required to pay additional deposit or rent for low credit scores, bankruptcy's, or lack of work history or verification.
Signing Lease Agreement

Signing Lease Agreement

The lease agreement is very detailed and spells out specifics that relate to who can occupy the property, tenant responsibilities as well as landlord responsibilities. There are additional forms that may relate to your specific agreement as well. Once both parties have signed the contract it is enforceable by law.

Your Realtor® will review the details with you and explain your next steps to prepare for occupancy. Each landlord has their own process and may want to meet with you prior to move in.

When To Look
Best time to search is 15 to 45 days prior to actually move-in date. Search too early and you could pay an additional months rent to hold a property. Wait to late and you can be pushed to complete all the needed steps and miss deadlines. Giving proper notice to your current landlord (usually 30 to 60 days in writing) is also important.
Tenant Representation
Tenant Representation is paid for by the listing agency. You receive a personal advocate that works for your goals and needs. Helping you locate a property is just the first step in the process. Your experienced Realtor coordinates the application process and manages many contract details throughout the process to help insure a smooth move.
Tenant Selection Criteria

Applying for a rental property is a lot like a job interview. You need to demonstrate to a landlord that you’re financially and socially responsible and can pay your rent reliably while living quietly and respectfully among others. Landlords use the rental application process to get a complete picture of how responsible you are and, equally importantly, what sort of character you’ve demonstrated thus far in your adult life.

Most rental applications ask for information that a landlord will use to run a credit check, criminal background check, verification of your prior addresses and rental history (and whether you’ve ever been evicted), your work history, your income and financial position, and a personal reference check. Under the Fair Housing Act and other laws, landlords cannot legally reject your application due to race, religion, ethnic background or nationality, gender, age, family status, or disabilities. However, landlords can use business or financial criteria such as credit scores, income minimums, or references indicating irresponsibility as a reason to reject an application.

Acceptance / Approval
Once you have been accepted as a Tenant, a lease agreement and other documents that apply to the specific lease will need to be completed and signed by all parties. Your Realtor® only has 24 hours in most cases to get all the necessary documents prepared and submitted with signatures to the landlord or management company. Deposits are also due at this time. In addition to deposits, rental payments may also be dues.
Security Deposits

A security deposit is money given to a landlord to provide some protection to a landlord in case of damage to the rented premises or for some other failure of a tenant.

A security deposit should not be confused with a Application fee or some other fee.

A Pet deposit is an additional security deposit usually required if you want to keep a pet on the premises. A portion or all of the pet deposit may be refundable.

Deposit payments are usually paid in the form of cashiers checks or money orders – no cash or personal checks are accepted. Some management companies may have online payment processes.

Avoiding Problems

Avoiding Problems

Most Disagreements between residents and rental housing owners or managers occur because of misunderstandings about the obligations taken on by each party when a rental housing is leased. The best way to avoid problems are to:

  • Read your lease carefully before signing.
  • Ask questions about anything that is unclear.
  • Pay attention to time sensitive deadlines.
Time To Move

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