How to apply for one of our properties
Application fee: $45 per adult applicant
* An application will not be processed unless at least one of the applicants has viewed the interior of the property.
To apply online:
Find the home you are interested on our Available Rentals page. Once you are looking at the details of that property, click on the “Apply Now” button. You will also need to supply a copy of a current driver’s license or photo ID and proof of employment or income–paystubs, tax returns, bank statements or letter of employment. This can be emailed or faxed to the listing property manager.
*The application form asks for your bank information. Please skip this section. This information is not necessary and is not a condition of your approval.
To submit a handwritten application: Ask the showing agent or the property manager for a paper application. Return this completed application to our office along with a copy of a current driver’s license or photo ID and proof of employment or income–paystubs, tax returns, bank statements or letter of employment. You will also need to provide payment of the application fee in the form of cash, money order, or cashier’s check. A personal check will not be accepted. Processing will not begin until payment for the application fee payment is received.
We are required by our contract with the property owner to continue to market and show the property as well as present any applications to the owner until we have received a signed agreement to enter into a lease and receive payment for the holding fee.
Once we have received your application: The screening process will take 1 to 3 days depending upon the following:
- The completeness of the information provided by the applicant
- Response time of references
- Any follow up or verification documentation you may be asked to provide
For properties within the city of Seattle, we will review completed rental applications on a first-come, first served basis. For all other properties, the best completed application received over a 2-day period will be processed first.
RENTAL CRITERIA AND APPLICATION DISCLOSURE
The following information will be accessed as part of the screening of any applications for tenancy:
- All information on your Application for Tenancy.
- Your rental history via any identifiable prior Landlords
- Credit reports via a third party Consumer Reporting Agency
- Public records regarding criminal conviction history or registration as a sex offender
- Personal references.
- Verification of employment and/or income (or rental subsidy)amounts.
- Public records regarding civil court records.
- Any other information provided by the applicant (such as anticipated length of tenancy, tenancy commencement date, etc.).
- Any offers or proposals you may choose to make to us(additional rent or deposit funds, extended lease term, etc.).
- Your credit screening will be completed by Appfolio Inc.
In the event of a denial of tenancy or other adverse action, you have the right to dispute the accuracy in the consumer report and to request a free copy from Consumer Relations: 50 Castilian Drive Goleta, CA 93117 Phone: (866) 359-3630.
- Applicant on time for showing appointment, or timely call to reschedule (failure to do so results in denial of the application).
- Government-issued picture ID for all adult occupants (over 18 years of age or emancipated minor). Failure to provide ID results in denial of the application.
- Fully completed application, without material omissions, for every occupant (over 18 years of age or emancipated minor), with no material misstatements or omissions.
- Demonstration of ability to pay complete deposit and prepaid rent requirements prior to occupancy (inability to pay the rent results in denial of the application – see income/credit requirements).
- Applications will not be reviewed until received in full. Groups of more than one applicant will not be considered until the applications from all members of the group are received.
- NOTE: Application fees to Landlord’s tenant screening vendor must be received by that vendor before the application can be processed.
A FICO credit score of 740+ and debt-to-income ratio no more than 50% is required.
Income from the applicants intending to sign the lease must (collectively) equal or exceed 3 times the rent*. You may include alternative sources of income as defined in SMC 14.08. Except in the cases of rental housing subsidies falling within SMC 14.08.040(F), income that does not meet this threshold results in denial of the application.
Proof of adequate income (or reserves) to verify ability to pay rent on time throughout the lease term:
- Verification of employment and salary/wages.
- Recent paystubs from verifiable employer
- Tax return copies for self-employed applicants.
- Proof of regular investment earnings, social security or other form of governmental rental supplement.
- Any additional sources of income that applicant wishes to disclose (i.e. child or spousal support, trust income, financial reserves, etc…).
- Any rental subsidies which you wish us to consider. NOTE: Exceptions to minimum income requirements are applicable for Section 8/subsidized applicants as provided in SMC 14.08.040(F).
- Favorable credit history free of negative credit issues which may indicate that the applicant has a pattern of failure to timely pay financial obligations. Any credit records shown on a credit report as delinquent, charged off or unpaid are grounds for denial of tenancy. Any open bankruptcy case(s) are grounds for denial of tenancy.
- For applicants with prior rental history, favorable references must be received from minimum of last two landlords (i.e., timely rent payment, no damage in excess of normal wear and tear, no documented rules violations, timely issuance of notices of intent to vacate and compliance therewith). Any negative history from a prior landlord is grounds for denial of tenancy.
- For applicants without prior rental history, adequate personal references for equivalent to two favorable past landlord references. Absence of such references will result in denial of the application.
- If your former landlord(s) do not respond to requests for information within 48 hours of being contacted, that will result in denial of the application due to unavailability of verifiable favorable rental history.
Additional Grounds for Denial of Applications (based upon court records, or references):
- Reasonable likelihood that a past history of abuse of alcohol may or will interfere with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
- Reasonable likelihood that a past history of use of illegal drugs (or unauthorized use of legal drugs) may or will interfere with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
- History of criminal activity on the part of any proposed occupant which presents a danger to persons or property or the peace and enjoyment of other residents or members of the community could negatively impact your application.
When evaluating any past criminal convictions, we consider the nature (whether it indicates a potential risk to persons or property or shows incident(s) of identity theft) and severity of the crime, and the amount of time that has passed since the criminal conduct occurred.
If you have any mitigating factors you wish us to consider, please bring them to our attention.
- Reasonable likelihood that a past history of applicant or those acting under his or her control will interfere with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by neighbors or other members of the community.
- Reasonable likelihood that a past history of applicant or those acting under his or her control will cause damage or destruction to the dwelling unit or surrounding property.
- Reasonable likelihood based on income and credit that the applicant will not be able to timely satisfy the financial obligations of tenancy.
- Reasonable likelihood based on rental and personal history that the applicant may cause damage to the property, or become a nuisance to neighbors or the community.
- Due to unavailability of the Property. Even very well qualified applicants may be denied if another application for the property has already been approved. Please note that, while equivalent applications are processed in the order received, such other factors as the requested date of the commencement of tenancy, or an applicant offering a higher rent amount may result in priority of another application.
NOTE: In case of multiple applicants intending to share the property together, disapproval of one applicant terminates the application unless the non-disapproved applicant(s) elect to resubmit their application without the disapproved applicant.
NOTE: Applications are pre-reviewed in the order in which completed applications and the application fee are received. If applying as part of a group of residents planning to live together, the application is not complete until all proposed residents’ applications have been received and the processing fee paid. After preliminary screening, applications which do not appear to meet our Rental Criteria will be notified and will not be passed along for further review.
Applications which appear to meet our Rental Criteria will be moved forward for screening based upon the order received, excluding those applications which do not meet those Rental Criteria.
NOTE: We do not accept “comprehensive reusable tenant screening reports.”
Specific Information for Subject Property:
- Smoking Prohibited, Pets Prohibited unless posted on marketing materials for specific property. Lease Term: 12 month minimum required. Co-Signers not Accepted, Renter’s Insurance Required
- Maximum Occupants: Two per bedroom (NOTE: other occupancy maximums may apply when the resident is participating in a housing subsidy program).
- Minimum Security Deposit: equal to one month rent.
To apply for tenancy:
- You must first have a tour of the interior and exterior of the building. Applications are not accepted unless all applicants have viewed the property. For applicants from out of the area, one member of the group of residents or another individual identified by the applicant must visit the property in person and use skype, facetime, or another interactive “real time” method of taking a virtual tour of the property on behalf of those not present in-person.
- Complete the online application and pay the application fee via credit or debit card (we do not collect or accept cash or check payments of application fees). If you require additional time or assistance to complete an application due to limited English proficiency or disability, please contact our office via email or phone and describe the reasons why you require additional time and any proof of need you wish us to consider. The date and time of your request for additional time is received by us will be treated as the date and time of the submission of your application.
- Send a confirming email to firstname.lastname@example.org so we know to look for your application. Include with the email a photograph of your government issued ID. An application without proof of identity is not complete.
- Watch your email for any requests for additional information. You must respond to any information requests within 72 hours.
- Remember that all residents over 18 years of age must submit a separate application and in the case of a group of occupants, the application will not be considered to be complete until all members of the group have submitted their application.
- If you are approved for tenancy, you must accept the offer in writing and pay a holding deposit of $ equal to one month rent, by cash or certified funds (certified check or money order) within 24 hours of the time we notify you. If you wish to accept tenancy, you must agree to the occupancy and rent commencement date set forth in the offer you receive. If you do not accept all terms of any offer of tenancy which is made within 24 hours, we will proceed to the next applicant (if any).