A rental application is a form that landlords and property managers use to request detailed information from potential renters. The information provided in a rental application helps property owners determine if you're going to be a safe and responsible tenant before they offer you a lease agreement.
The information requested in a rental application can vary from state to state, and even from property to property within the same city. However, you should be prepared to provide some common information like proof of income/employment, proof of rental history and personal information necessary for a background check.
There's no hiding the truth in a rental application, so it's best to know what can help and hurt your case.
All property owners have different preferences when it comes to rental applications. However, oftentimes, you can find a rental application for a specific rental on the complex's or company's website or by visiting a leasing office in-person.
A quick internet search for your state's standardized rental application will help you get a better idea of what to expect once you do receive an application.