What a Landlord May Ask in an Apartment Application

When you are looking to rent an apartment, there are a few things to be aware of. Much like a job application, an apartment application will require several extra documents. Some landlords may ask for all of these papers, while others will only ask for certain ones. Either way, it is important to be prepared. As you continue your apartment hunt, keep these documents handy.

1. Proof of income

Just about every landlord will ask you for proof of income. This can be proven through paystubs or your latest tax return. Remember, a landlord wants to make sure you will be able to afford your rent. These documents will help show you can.

2. Identification

A landlord will also want you to prove you are who you say you are. Make sure to bring your driver’s license, passport or state ID with you to the apartment office. All of these items have your picture on them, providing proof of your identity. Typically, a birth certificate or social security card alone will not be enough.

3. Social Security Number

Landlords will often require your social security number so they can check your credit. This is important to them because they want to ensure you will be a good tenant who pays rent on time.

4. Rental History

A landlord will most likely ask for your rental history. This will include the past locations you have rented, and will include addresses, duration of stay and monthly rent. Some landlords might also want the phone number of past property managers.

5. References

Having a list of strong references can be a major help when trying to rent an apartment. List people who you have worked with, volunteered with and know in your professional or personal life.

Having all of these proper documents and information ready during your apartment search will prove to be very helpful. Even if you don’t end up needing all of this information, it’s better to be prepared.

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