What Information Is Requested on an Application to Rent an Apartment?


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An apartment rental application has sections for the prospective tenants' identity information, address history, employment, other sources of income and bank information. There are also sections of questions about background, pets and preferences regarding apartments. The end of the application has statements where the applicants must sign authorizing the release of information and swearing that what they have written on the application is true and complete. Applicants may need to sign authorizations allowing background, reference and credit checks.

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The identification section asks for the names, contact information, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers of each person applying for the apartment. It may ask for the names and ages of others in the household, such as children. Current and previous addresses, along with the names and contact information of the landlords or rental agencies, usually come next on the form. Employment information includes the employer's company name, address and telephone number, along with the applicant's job title, length of employment and current amount and frequency of pay. The form also has an area for other sources of income, such as child support or investment income, and fields for the applicants' bank names, account numbers and type, along with those for other financial assets.

Background questions ask whether the applicants have ever been convicted of a crime, filed for bankruptcy or been evicted from an apartment. If the landlord or apartment management allows pets, the application may have a section asking the type of animal and size of each pet. There may be questions about tenant preferences such as number of bedrooms, building floor and optional amenities, such as a garage or additional storage space.

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