Note: All information on this website is general and may or may not apply to your particular situation. Legal advice is not offered.
Filling out a rental application can be overwhelming for some people. Hopefully this resource will make it a little easier.
Below is a list of information you may need to to provide.
Note: Once you decide to put in an application, the clock is ticking. So do not delay. Make sure you have the information and documents you may need at hand.
Each applicant (and guarantor) may be required to submit...
Tax Returns (1040 and W2)
Two previous years if possible
Two recent pay stubs from your current job. A job offer letter may suffice.
Letter from Employer
A letter from your employer. If you're not traditionally employed, a letter from your accountant may be OK.
Previous two statements and any other appropriate proof of assets or income
Copies are common. I often send a clear photo via my iPhone.
Students: You may be asked for enrollment certification, a class schedule, student ID and government issued ID
Background Check ($20 fee cap)
tip: If you just received a job offer, but haven't started yet, legitimate letters offering employment can sometimes be worth their weight in gold.
Information You May Need
This is not a request for information. It is a description of a document.
The top of the location should state the unit number and address of the apartment being applied to, the beginning date and monthly rent.
There will likely be some small print at the bottom of the application. Read it carefully.
It may include terms of the ernest money deposit and terms of refund. It may also have a line that says something like, "I authorize you to contact previous landlords, credit and personal references that I have given in this application. I also authorize management to obtain all relevant reports including criminal and consumer credit report."
Note that there is a $20.00 application fee cap in the State of NY.
sample document. (*this is not a document for you to fill out, it is just so you can see what an application might look like. Do not fill this document out and send it to me!)
How to access documents you may be missing:
Request a copy of your tax return from the IRS
Replace Your Social Security Card
Get A New York State ID
Renew Your US Passport
Head up: Be sure to start saving your pay stubs. You will likely need the past two!
Understanding Credit Reports and Credit Scores for Apartment Rentals