Pulling together all the documentation required for a rental application will speed up the process.
Here is everything you need to gather for your rental application:
If you're from the U.S. you need one of the following:
Government Issued ID
If you are not from the U.S. you will need your passport and at least one of the following:
Copy of your VISA
Copy of your I-20
Copy of your DS-2019
2. Proof of Employment
A letter from your employer or bank can prove that you're trustworthy and reliable. This is especially important when applying for an apartment, since a landlord will usually check up on how dependable someone might be after they've rented them their home.
If another person is signing the apartment on your behalf, as a co-signer, they will need to submit an ID, proof of income, and credit score. If you are a student, you will need to submit proof of enrollment.
Forms of Proof of Employment include:
Letter from an Employer
Social Security Benefits Statement
Pension Distribution Statements
Workers Compensation Letter
When it comes to renting apartments, landlords are always looking out for red flags in potential renters' backgrounds, which makes having access to something as simple as proof of income really helpful-especially if the applicant has no rental history listed yet!
3. Rental History
Many landlords require you to submit your rental history, as it provides a report on how you treated your neighbors, prior landlords, and your ability to make payments on time.
What is required here?
2-3 previous addresses, names, and contact information for previous landlords or property managers
Most landlords require you to submit personal or professional references to clear up any additional questions they may have in terms of your financial responsibility.
*Tip: Don't list a parent or family member as your reference. Instead, ask your friends if they'd be okay with you using them as a personal reference and have them vouch for you.
Landlords have different requirements for deposits prior to move in. In Boston, it is typical to ask for first month's rent, last month's rent, security deposit, key fee, pet deposit (if applicable), and broker fee.
*Tip: Nobee's goal is to reduce the deposits down as much as possible by eliminating the broker fee. However, you should always expect to at least put first month rent down with application/acceptance.
If you're struggling to find an apartment, schedule a showing, or save money? Use Nobee! Nobee reduces broker fees by 70-100% and covers all application fees, background check fees, and credit check fees. Call now to schedule a showing!