What Should You Bring When Shopping for Apartment?

You don't want to miss out on a great apartment, because you don't have the necessary information and documentation that will qualify you to get it.  Since every company has different requirements, this blog entry will just cover the basics.  Always ask what is expected of applicants before you sign any lease.

1.  A valid government photo ID (Driver's Lic., Passport, etc.)
2.  Proof of income (pay stubs--usually more than one, bank statements)
3.  Social Security Card
4.  Application fee

Now if you are a student or new to the state or country, the criteria might be different.

1.  A valid government issued ID.
2.  Proof of income:  Two of the following.
     a.  A letter or contract from a new employer with a start date and your salary.
     b.  A government issued I-20 for foreign students.
     c.  Bank statements--usually more than one.  Will need a statement from a bank in the United States for foreign students.

You will also need satisfactory credit history that shows you can meet your future rent payments.
A security deposit will be required.  If your credit history is bad, the higher your security deposit.
A positive rental or home ownership history will also help you get the apartment.

The company will do a criminal background and credit check on all applicants 18 and over.

Some applicants will include character references with their paperwork, but it isn't necessary, nor will it "seal the deal" with the property manager since he or she has to report to the owners at the corporate office.

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