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Old 06-25-2009, 07:36 PM
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What do they ask for if someone wants to rent an apartment?
Social Security card? Proof of income?
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:16 PM
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Leasing criteria varies from apartments to apartments. It also depends on if you are renting at a "complex" from a management company or from an individual.

If you are renting at a complex, they usually have a set criteria they use to approve or decline applications. Ask for a copy. They usually cover the following things:

Income - usually 3 times the rent, some standard will apply. There may be a requirement of how long you have had your job, but a lot of places will flex on that.

Rental History - You can't owe any money to a previous landlord. Having a previous eviction or broken lease can cause problems if they uncover it. First time renters will probably have to pay a larger deposit.

Credit check - During the sub-prime era anyone that could fog a mirror could buy a house, so requiring "good" credit sort of went out the window. Some nicer complexes may still have a little higher standard on what they will allow, but unless things have changed recently, most complexes are not that strict on the credit score. Running your credit may reveal balances owed to prior landlords, or previous addresses where you received bills. If these were at complexes that you did not put down on your application, they may uncover them via the credit check.

Criminal check - A lot of places do not allow any felonies. Some only certain kinds of felonies. some have time limitations (over the past X number of years). Some include certain misdemeanors. It just depends.

In a nutshell they normally look at rental history, job/income, credit and criminal.
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