The Consequences of Providing False Information on Your Rental Application

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Renting an apartment may be tricky if you have had trouble in the past. By providing false information on your rental application will only ensure more trouble.

Before the Lease Is Signed

If you lie on an application, more than likely the truth will be found out before the lease is signed. Landlords give the applications to potential renters for the sole purpose of following up on them. Background and credit checks will very likely be run on applicants. Lies about previous rentals, addresses and backgrounds will be found out. Criminal history will also be uncovered.

After the Signing of a Lease

If an untruth on an application happens to go through, the lie is still there. A signature states that everything written on the application and lease agreement is true and subject to perjury if incorrect information is listed. While it is unlikely that charges will be filed, the information can be added to a person’s background if evicted. False information listed on the application can be grounds for an eviction, added more bad press to your history.

Sometimes the Act Is Charged as a Crime

Though it isn’t common, there are cases where a landlord has filed charges against a fraudulent renter. However you look at it, providing false information on an application is fraud. It is equal to passing bad checks. Every landlord is different and depending on how much trouble he feels the lie or lies have caused or the amount of money he feels he is out are factors as to whether or not he may want to file charges. The consequences of the fraud vary from state to state.

Rather than lie on an application, try being honest and forthcoming with the landlord. He may turn you down for the apartment, but there is a chance of approval as well. By not trying to hide the past, the landlord may feel as though you have grown from the experience and be willing to take a chance. The landlord might ask for an extra amount on the security deposit, for his own piece of mind.

5 Responses to “The Consequences of Providing False Information on Your Rental Application”

  1. January 27, 2013 at 10:21 am, Anonymous said:

    what if somebody signs a paper for another stating that the person does not live at that address so that he can continue living there indefinitely? What would be the legal repercussions for the people falsely stating that the person does not live at the address where they are living illegally?


    • December 02, 2016 at 11:40 am, samia said:

      > one person fills up a background check application with her own name but property will be used by another person.
      What can the landlord do?


  2. November 16, 2016 at 11:40 pm, Tosha said:

    My sister signed a lease because I wasn't around to. She resides in a home under another lease in her name. Her son is here also. We paid deposit not her. She never PaiD a bill nor dtsyed here a day in her life. She is trying to evict me by typing up a fake eviction notice stating herself as landlord because I won't agree to move my leaching brother in. What can be done. Can her lease be forfeited?


  3. February 05, 2017 at 10:16 am, tyler said:

    what if I put that i do not have a dog when i do. I do have a letter from my physician stating i need him as an emotional companion but i said i didn't have a dog on the application…can i get evicted?


  4. March 28, 2019 at 9:46 am, Nathaniel X Hernandez said:

    I singed a lease at 17 and told my landlord I was 18 she found I smoked marijuana in the room and told me to leave. But she is keeping my security deposit and last months rent and threatened to sue my parents for telling her I was 18 as well. Is there any chance I'm getting my money back? I was there for 9 months and turned 18 after 3 months of living there.


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