What Is a Rental Application Form?
Before deciding to rent your property to a tenant, you can ask your applicant to fill out a written rental application form. Most landlords ask for the following information:
Name, address, and phone number
Social Security number
Driver’s license number
Bank account numbers
Authorization to obtain a copy of credit reports
Monthly or annual income
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your applicant’s current and past employers
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your applicant’s current and past landlords
The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of your applicant’s references
Other information that shows your applicant’s ability to pay the rent
Good rental policies should be practical and legal. Implement solid screening requirements that do not violate Fair Housing Laws. Failing to adhere to the above requirements will waste everyone’s time and potentially open up the door to legal trouble.
- Should You Use a Rental Application Form in the Tenant Screening Process?
- What Information Can You Find in an Applicant’s Credit Report?
- Where Can You Get an Applicant’s Credit Report?
- What Should You Look for in an Applicant’s Credit Report?
- Can You Refuse an Applicant Based on a Poor Credit Report?
- How Can You Verify the Income and Employment History of an Applicant?
- Can You Require Applicants to Pay an Application-Screening Fee?