G.A.C. Property Management, a division of Tony Clark Realtors, LLC, provides housing with numerous homes for rent in Owensboro, Kentucky. We uniquely offer expert guidance for our tenants clients and our property owners through our well-trained, professional management team – each of whom strive to provide prompt service for every customer, everyday! To help you, we compiled a quick guide on our rental application process:
Step 1: Fill out a rental application
If you are interested in a property, the next step is to reach out to property management by filling out a rental application. If you have a co-signer or plan on having roommates, they will also need to do the same. Essentially, every person planning to move in needs to fill out a separate lease application form. Our leasing team is working to place our application online, but until then, we ask that you please apply in person. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. The rental application to require the following information:
- photo ID
- phone number(s)
- employment and income information
- previous address
- pets (if applicable)
- emergency contacts
- background information
- landlord references
- personal or professional references
Step 2. Pay the leasing application fee
The application fee of $45 per person assists in covering the property manager’s expenses of the credit and background checks done on potential renters. It essentially covers the screening cost of the applicant. In some cases, the application fee may be accompanied by processing fees. BTW, Allowing someone to move in with you without obtaining prior consent from the rental office is in full violation of the lease and grounds for eviction at tenant’s expense. All potential occupants must go through an application process before approval.
Step 3: Expect credit and background checks
The application process means you will most likely be asked to agree to background and credit checks.Apartment background checks may go as far back in the past as a landlord deems necessary and they will usually focus on criminal history. It’s better to report any relevant background information. A rental application credit check accounts for how financially responsible a potential tenant is. Are they a reliable person who pays rent on time? The easiest way of doing this is to check credit scores. Make sure to mention if you have bad credit or if you are still recovering from past medical bills. This is where a co-signer can step in.
Step 4: Prove you can pay rent
An important part of the rental application process is providing proof of employment or income. Most landlords will ask for copies of tax returns, recent pay stubs or other forms of receipts from an employer. Depending on your job, you may also provide recent bank statements, copies of client contracts, or copies of one or two W-2 forms if need be. Employment and credit checks usually take the longest, which is why most applications can take up to 72 hours. Rental application process time also varies depending on the property, so make sure to check with them for the best estimate.
Step 5: Consider a Co-Signer
A co-signer is a person with good credit who acts as a willing guarantor. If you have bad credit or insufficient credit history, he or she takes the legal responsibility of paying your rent in case you won’t.Co-signers or guarantors may step in when first-time renters have no way of accounting for rental history or commitment to monthly rent and bill payments. You might need one in case your monthly income is less than three times the rent. You may also look at a co-signer as a way to strengthen your application and improve your chances of approval. Think of it as an additional referral.
Step 6: Show that you are a good renter
Usually, landlords want to know from previous landlords what type of tenant you are. Were you a bit on the noisy side? Did you abide by the pet policy? All this typically comes in the form of a letter from the former landlord. Although typically not required, you might want to think about attaching a landlord reference to the application as another way to improve your chances of approval or simply to set yourself apart from the other applicants. For some properties, you might even find it mandatory to do so. Smoking prohibited inside all rentals.
Personal references make all the difference, and good personal references might make or break an application, especially if you don’t have a rental history. Much like landlord references, it means someone vouches for your character and dependability. While landlord references serve as a good benchmark for future landlords, personal references may come from a friend or colleague who knows you and can attest to your integrity.
The application review process can take up to 5 business days. After your application is reviewed, and if everything goes well, the final step of the rental process is signing the lease and picking a good moving company.
Step 7: Sign the lease
You’ve passed the application process, inspected the premises, checked for parking space, made a quick note of the neighbors, and went through your checklist of essential things you must do before you commit to a new apartment. It’s time to sign the lease!
This is when you discuss upfront costs like the security deposit and any additional fees. The security deposit is normally the equivalent of one or two months’ rent. Be sure to bring your check book and ask for receipts. This is also the time for any last-minute questions you might have, such as how soon can you get the keys to the place?
It goes without saying that reading the lease agreement carefully is essential. You might be blinded by the floor plan and storage space your new place has, but make sure you take your time to understand the details in your lease before planning your move-in date, such as what happens if you must break the lease in case of unexpected circumstances.
Tony Clark Realtors®, LLC represents home buyers, home sellers, and property owners. Since 1976, our real estate team has a foundation based on the Golden Rule. We treat everyone with the best of customer service, and strive to create a positive experience by communicating early, often and effectively. We are also trusted by many property owners to manage their rental properties, having one of the largest portfolios of rental properties available in the area. When you choose Tony Clark Realtors® for your real estate needs, you can have peace of mind as to the high value and quality of service you’ll receive.