Rental Application Checklist

General Rental Application Checklist

Most Landlords and Apartment Managers will require some or all of these.

  • Personal reference letters
  • Business reference letters
  • If employed by company: Letter from employer (on company letterhead) stating income, title, bonus structure, and length of employment.
  • If self-employed: Letter from CPA stating annual income.
  • Most recent pay stubs
  • Last two tax returns
  • Copy of driver's license or passport
  • Credit check showing names, phone numbers, and addresses of your:
    • Employer
    • Banker
    • Accountant
    • Past landlords
    • Guarantor
  • Most recent bank and investment statements
  • Certified Checks or Cash for:
    • First month's rent
    • Security deposit
    • Application fees ($25 - $400)
    • If you don't meet financial requirements, you may need a lease guarantor. This is someone who would be able to pay your rent if you defaulted. It's kind of like a co-signer.

      A guarantor from the tri-state area will get you farther than an out-of-towner. So will a guarantor who's a relative.


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