Are you planning on making a move in the new year as a renter? A change in environment can be exciting and full of opportunity, but there are some important first steps to take before moving on in.
The G&H Management team has compiled this convenient Renter Checklist for your reference. It’s a simplified list of items to have in order before applying for a new rental property. Review it, take inventory of what you already have completed and what still needs to be done, and then give us a call to talk options!
- Proof of employment: Depending on the type of job you hold, there are different options for proving the existence of your employment to a landlord. It is important that they see this documentation, as it ensures that you have the ability to pay rent. Often, potential landlords will accept pay stubs or a letter that proves an offer of employment as proof. If you are a contractor or freelancer, you may be asked to provide evidence of client contracts or bank account statements. If you are unsure about the category that your job fits into, explain your employment situation to the landlord and discuss what kind of documentation would be the most adequate in providing proof.
- Credit score: Rental properties tend to have a range for their applicants’ credit scores, or they may provide a minimum number. Usually, this is included in the property listing. If it isn’t, the potential landlord will provide you with guidance on this topic.
- ID and proof of residency: Have a form of identification handy! A passport or driver’s license are usually your best bet. As long as it is government-issued and provides a photo, then you should be set.
- Reference letters, if necessary: Some potential landlords may request reference letters from previous landlords and current employers. If you are unsure whether or not the rental that you would like to apply for deems these letters necessary, it is best to ask the potential landlord directly.
- Records for your pet, as necessary: If pets are allowed at the rental and you plan on bringing one, you’ll want to make sure that you have access to their medical records. Often landlords will require that pets are spayed/neutered and up to date on their vaccinations. Additionally, the rental property may have a size limit for pets, and landlords will be able to check medical records to see if your pet qualifies or not.
- Double check on any additional documentation that the property may be requesting: Potential landlords could also request tax returns, a list of past addresses, vehicle registration, or even a resume. Before filling out any application, ensure that you have the full picture of what’s expected of you as an applicant. If any questions arise, don’t be afraid to reach out to the landlord directly.