Apartment applications generally ask for applicant's legal name, current address, contact information, birth date and a Social Security or drivers license number. Employment references and the applicant's rental history are also requested. The application may also request authorization of a criminal background check and a credit check.Continue Reading
Applications also may request information for any children or other adults who are also going to reside in the apartment. Other potential adult residents may be required to complete rental applications, and all applicants are typically asked to submit a valid photo identification along with the application. Employment can be verified by providing recent pay stubs or through direct contact with current and prior employers. The landlord may also contact the bank and other credit references to verify the information provided. It is best for an applicant to discuss any prior legal or financial issues with the landlord in advance of criminal background and credit checks.
The apartment application process actually begins with the renter's initial phone call or e-mail. Landlords often ask screening questions, such as the reason for the move and whether or not the applicant has a problem authorizing a criminal background or credit check. Monthly or yearly income must also be verified. Landlords must treat all applicants without prejudice and are subject to provisions of the Federal Fair Housing Act.Learn more about Real Estate