Applicant Screening

Introduction

We are working with neighbors and other landlords in this area to maintain the quality of the neighborhood. We want to make sure that people do not use rental units for illegal activity. To that end, we have a thorough screening process.

If you meet the application criteria and are accepted, you will have the peace of mind of knowing that other renters in this area [our apartment complex] are being screened with equal care, and as a result, there may be a reduced risk of illegal activity occurring in the area.

Please review our list of criteria. If you feel you meet the criteria, please apply.

Please note that we provide equal housing opportunity: we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, national origin, familial status, ancestry, age, marital status, source of income, sexual orientation or other factors that are unrelated to legitimate business concerns.

Requirements

  • 19 years of age
  • On job for 6 months
  • Income of 2 and 1/2 times the rent
  • No previous evictions or judgments (see below)
  • No felonies
  • What We Screen
  • Criminal Background
  • Rental History
  • Credit History

Screening Criteria

  • A complete application. One for each adult (18 years of age or older). If a line isn't filled in, or the omission explained satisfactorily, we will return it to you.
  • Two pieces of I.D. must be shown. We require a photo I.D. (a driver's license or other government issued photo identification card) and a second piece of I.D. as well. Present with completed application.
  • Rental history verifiable from unbiased sources. If you are related by blood or marriage to one of the previous landlords listed, or your rental history does not include at least two previous landlords, we may require: a qualified co-signer on your rental agreement (qualified co-signers must meet all applicant screening criteria) OR an additional security deposit equal to a full month's rent.

It is your responsibility to provide us with the information necessary to contact your past landlords. We reserve the right to deny your application if, after making a good faith effort, we are unable to verify your rental history.

If you owned rather than rented your previous home, you will need to furnish mortgage company references and proof of title ownership or transfer.

Sufficient income/resources. If your gross monthly income, before taxes, is less than 2.5 times the monthly rent, we will require a qualified co-signer on your rental agreement (or an additional deposit of 1-2 times the rent).

We must be able to verify independently the amount and stability of your income. (For example: through pay stubs, employer/source contact, or tax records. If self-employed: business license, tax records, bank records, or a list of client references.) For Section 8 applicants, the amount of assistance will be considered part of your monthly income for purposes of the calculation.

  • Section 8 information access. Section 8 applicants must sign a consent form allowing the local Public Housing Agency to verify information from your file regarding your rental history.
  • False information is grounds for denial. You will be denied rental if you misrepresent any information on the application. If misrepresentations are found after a rental agreement is signed, your rental agreement will be terminated.
  • Criminal convictions for certain types of crimes will result in denial of your application. You will be denied rental if, in the last 10 years, you have had a conviction for any type of crime that would be considered a serious threat to real property or to other residents' peaceful enjoyment of the premises, including the manufacture or distribution of controlled substances.
  • Certain court judgments against you may result in denial of your application. If, in the last 5 years, you have been through a court ordered eviction, or had a judgment against you for financial delinquency, your application will be denied. This restriction may be waived if there is no more than one instance, the circumstances can be justified, and you provide a qualified co-signer on your rental agreement (or an additional deposit equal to one or two months rent).
  • Poor credit record (overdue accounts) may result in denial of your application. Credit records showing occasional payments within 30 to 60 days past due will be acceptable, provided you can justify the circumstances. Records showing recent payments past 60 days are not acceptable.
  • Poor references from previous landlords may result in denial of your application. You will be turned down if previous landlords report significant levels of noncompliance activity such as: repeated disturbance of the neighbors' peace; prostitution, drug dealing, or drug manufacturing; damage to the property beyond normal wear; violence or threats to landlords or neighbors; allowing persons not on the lease to reside on the premises; or failure to give proper notice when vacating the property.

Also, you will be turned down if a previous landlord would be disinclined to rent to you again for any reason pertaining to lease violating behavior of yourself, your pets, or others you allowed on the property during your tenancy.

There is a non-refundable $40/person application fee.

We will accept the first qualified applicant for any particular unit.

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  • Application fee(s) and the deposit must be paid at the time the application is turned in.
  • Also, two pieces of id must shown.
  • One must be a photo id

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