Being ready with all the information you need to fill out an apartment application makes the application process go so much smoother.
Gather up the following information and paperwork so you can prove to apartment communities that you’ll be a stable and reliable renter.
If you’ve rented apartments in the past, be prepared with the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all your previous apartment communities. You’ll also need to provide the dates you lived at each address.
Apartment managers want to know that you’ll be a good, upstanding tenant. So a thorough apartment manager may call your previous residences on your apartment application to be sure that you haven’t been a nuisance or, worse, a law-breaker.
If you’re renting your first apartment, you won’t have a history to share. But you can prove you’ll be a good resident by providing reliable personal or professional references.
Social security number
Don’t be put off by having to write your Social Security number on an apartment application. It’s standard procedure. Apartment managers need your SSN so they can do a credit check and ensure that you’ll be able to make rent payments each month.
Bank statements or paycheck stubs
While it isn’t always necessary to provide bank statements before you rent an apartment, an apartment manager may want to check them out anyway. While credit reports are generally regarded as the #1 indicator of whether or not you’ll be able to afford an apartment, bank statements and pay stubs can also prove that you have enough cash to cover rent.
Personal and professional references
Apartment applications always ask for references, but many times it can be unclear who would make a good reference. The best personal references will be people who can verify both your employment stability and general character. Your boss, a professor, or even a church leader would all be good references. Whoever you choose, be sure to give him or her a heads-up before you write their name on an application.
If you’re young, it’s best to include personal references who are older than you on your apartment application. An apartment manager may not take the word of your 18-year-old friend quite as seriously as he’d take the word of your 40-year-old professor.
Vehicle information won’t factor into whether you qualify to rent an apartment, but apartment communities will want your car info for parking purposes. Be ready with your car’s make and model, year, and color in addition to your driver’s license number.
List of residents
Apartment managers want to know who will be living in their units. That’s why you’ll need to provide the names and addresses of any roommates you might share your prospective apartment with. Even though you might be the only person on a lease, your roommates may still have to fill out apartment applications themselves.
If you’re really serious about finding an apartment, you’ll need to bring your checkbook along on your hunt. When you fill out an apartment application, you will most likely be required to pay an application fee. A typical fee is around $50 and covers the cost of doing background and credit checks.
You may also want to write a check for the security deposit when you fill out an application. Great apartments go fast, and the only way to be sure you get the apartment over someone else is to plunk down the security deposit.
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