How to Fill Out a Rental Application Form

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Filling out a rental application form is a fact of life when seeking a new place to live. You’ll likely end up filling out at least half a dozen before you find the perfect match in apartment and approval. Proper preparation can make the whole process flow much easier. Always bring along two forms of ID and your checkbook. Most rental companies require an application fee. 

Honesty Is the Best Policy

Always fill out a rental application form as honestly as you possibly can when you’re on the hunt to rent an apartment. If you include lies, these can result in the refusal of your application for the current property and all the other properties owned by the management companies. In some cities, that’s a lot of options that would be suddenly closed.

Personal Information

The first thing that most applications will ask is for your name and current address. If you are having a lot of problems with the landlord at your current residence, this can be a problematic area to answer because the sheet will also ask for the name of your current landlord and if the company may contact him. While you can state no, that will also likely be the answer you hear from the management company when it comes to decision time.

You’ll then be asked for things such as your driver’s license number and social security number. Never fill out a rental application form if it’s a situation you feel uneasy about. A lot of your personal and professional information will be on the application, and you only want to give it to reputable individuals and companies.

Places of Employment

After providing personal details, think of the places you’ve worked. You’ll need to then fill out the employment portion of the application. Most application to rent an apartment require you to account for your employment for the past 3 to 5 years. A landlord wants to know that you have a steady source of income that can be relied upon to pay the rent. Not only will you need to state the companies that you worked for, you’ll need to list addresses, phone numbers and the names of your bosses. It’s much easier to fill out if you have been employed at one place for a long time. When in doubt, simply give the best answer that you can remember. It’s better to give what information you do have than to leave a section blank.

The primary portion of the employment section is to fill out detailed information on your current employer. You’ll need to provide the name of your immediate supervisor and a number where he can be reached. Let him know to expect phone calls from rental companies so it doesn’t catch him off-guard. You’ll also need to disclose if you receive any additional income that can help pay the rent.

Personal References

Take out your address book. Personal references come next. You’ll need to give the full names, phone numbers and physical mailing addresses of 2 to 4 people that you know in your personal life that can give a reference about you as a person and your character and reliability. This is generally included on most rental application forms.

Legal Necessities

Fill out a release stating that it’s alright for the company to check your credit score. Most companies will do just that.

You’ll then need to sign the form to show that it was true and accurate to the best of your knowledge. After paying the application fee, a lease agreement should come next if the application is accepted.

One Response to “How to Fill Out a Rental Application Form”

  1. March 20, 2019 at 12:54 pm, Carol Kahn said:

    What do you do if you don't have a current landlord- such as in the case of moving out of your parents home or if you own currently?


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