After hours of looking at apartments online and in person, you’ve finally
found the one. It’s exactly what you’re looking for in terms of price, size,
amenities and location, and you want to fill out the application so you can get
it’s your first time renting
an apartment the rental application process may be a little different than you
imagined. Applying for the
apartment may at times seem like a lengthy procedure with
several steps that both you and your potential landlord will need to take.
landlords take a rounded view of the application. They consider all the information provided
during the application review process.
first-time renters, here’s what you might expect the rental application process
to look like.
Filling Out the
can go quickly, so if you find one that fits your needs it’s usually best to
act quickly and fill out an application. Applications can be filled out and
submitted either in person or online although it’s typically best to fill it
out in person after seeing the apartment. On the application you should expect
to provide basic personal information such as your current address, email,
phone number, etc.
Proof of Income\Savings\Ability
to Pay Rent
landlords ask that you provide proof of your ability to pay rent. Options include your average monthly income
or allowance, savings and trust accounts.
When applying for the apartment, you may be asked to give
the landlord permission to check your credit.
A credit check is one of the items considered during the
application review process.
Deposits and Payments
most landlords will either ask for a security deposit or first and last month’s
rent upfront during the application process.
These funds will be applied towards your tenancy if the application is
approved and returned if not approved.
on the Province and the landlord you may be asked for a pet deposits or a pet
fee to be paid if you are bringing pets with you.
Strengthening the Application
Options to strengthen
your application include providing references from previous landlords as well
as including a co-signer.
If your rental application gets approved, you’ll then be
able to sign the lease!
Everyone living in the apartment as well as any co-signers will
have to be present to sign the lease and related paperwork. The lease inherits
the information contained in the application and outlines the terms of your
tenancy. You should always read and
understand your lease prior to signing. Your Landlord will be glad to answer
any questions you may have.