Renter Tips

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Here are some great renter tips for people looking to rent a house, townhouse, condominium, or apartment!



1) Get organized! Wherever you go to look at a potential new home you will more than likely need several items. Carry a file with the originals and copies of the following:

(Must bring)

-Proof of Identification: Driver's license or/and state issued photo identification card (State ID). For foreigners bring Green Card or your own country/state photo ID card.

-Proof of Social Security: Social Security Card or Work Permit

-Proof of Income: Depending on what applies to you, bring the most recent last month's worth of paycheck stubs, bank statements, Social security statement, child support statement, state cash aid statement, and most recent tax return.

-Credit Report: Each rental office you apply to may pull your credit. It is best if you have a recent credit report yourself so you know in advance what is on it. Also, if they accept it, they may avoid pulling your credit report further (which can lower your credit score).

-A list of: Your last two years worth of addresses with names and phone numbers of landlords and reasons why you moved, 2-5 personal references, your employers name, address and phone number and length of time working there, automobiles owned, checking and savings account numbers.

Here is a rental application that you can print out and fill out ahead of time that covers the basic information required.

(Not usually mandatory, but helpful)

-Letter from employer: stating your date of hire, weekly or monthly income, and stability of job.

-Letter from current landlord: stating that you are a good tenant who always pays their rent on time and takes care of their home.

2) Pull your credit report! Know what is on it and fix any discrepancies. Work to improve your credit. Take the original and copies of your credit report with you when applying for a rental property (as stated above).

3) Carry a notebook with a list of the addresses, landlords phone numbers, rental amounts, security deposits, fees, etc. When calling landlords/managers/leasing or rental offices for more information, have a pen handy and take notes. Have a list of questions you have ready.

When a potential tenant calls me asking questions and then puts me on hold to "grab a pen" it shows he is not very organized and not considerate of my time. (I have other calls to answer too!) Be respectful of others time (and win points with your potential new manager/landlord), have a pen handy BEFORE your pick up the phone!

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