Whether you are applying for your first apartment or have been through the application process many times before, there are a few documents and assets that are critical for the apartment application, and others that help to reinforce and demonstrate your ability to be a reliable resident. When applying to be a resident at your dream apartment community, use this checklist to ensure that you have everything you’ll possibly need in order to secure your spot in the apartment community.
Most apartment communities have one major priority when evaluating a potential resident—financial security. As a result, many apartment communities ask potential residents to provide either pay stubs or a bank statement to verify that the income being reported is as accurate as possible.
Usually, property managers or leasing agents will ask for either pay stubs OR a bank statement, but sometimes, they may ask for both. To be prepared, bring copies that show two months’ worth of bank statements and copies of your two most recent pay stubs. This will help the apartment community verify that you have the necessary funds to rent an apartment.
While this may go without saying, don’t be unprepared. When arriving at a leasing office, be sure to bring at least a driver’s license or passport to show proper identification documents to the leasing agent. Typically, property managers will want to make a copy of your identification during the application process to ensure that you are legally eligible to be considered a candidate for the apartment community.
While you don’t have to bring your social security card, it’s crucial that you have your social security number memorized in order to give the property manager the opportunity to run a credit check.
“You can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been.” This old saying is important in life, and equally important when leasing an apartment. Your known addresses that may appear on a credit report may come under review when leasing an apartment, and these addresses may include both where you’ve lived and where you may have received mail. It’s a good rule of thumb to have the contact information of the owners of those locations, and to be extra sure, we recommend going back five years just to be ready for anything.
Last and not least, bring your checkbook or make sure you’re ready to transfer money electronically. This way, you can pay for the application fee (or deposit!) to hold your dream apartment until they’ve processed your information.
Now that you have your documents covered, it’s time to move in! If you’re living with roommates, check out our latest tips for ensuring a peaceful and enjoyable living environment.