Outsmart the Competition With a Renter Application Packet



renter application packet

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In a competitive rental market, it’s no longer effective to go to an apartment showing with only your checkbook, ready to hand in a deposit. In cities such as San Francisco, renters can arrive at a showing to see a line of 40 other applicants vying for the same unit. So what can you do to get your foot in the door? Create a renter application packet.

In order to have a good chance at landing the apartment, you need to show the landlord that you’re qualified from the get-go. You can make a good first impression by being prepared and having all necessary documents neatly packaged in a file and ready to submit when you step through the door.

Here are a few tips to help you get started.

Essential documents

Gather the following paperwork to create your file:

  • Identification: Make a photocopy of your driver’s license or passport.
  • Proof of employment: Ask your employer for a letter confirming your employment. This letter should specifically state your name, position, length of employment and salary.
  • Pay stubs: Many landlords have minimum salary requirements. Make copies of at least your three most recent pay stubs.
  • Bank statement. Including this shows the landlord you are financially stable and capable of paying the rent.
  • References: Create a sheet with the names and phone numbers of previous landlords, business references or other contacts who can confirm your financial trustworthiness. If you have a letter of recommendation, include it in your file.
  • Rental application and fee: Some property management websites have applications that you can print and fill out in advance, or you can search for a general rental application online. Don’t forget to attach a check for the application and credit report processing fees.

Extra considerations

Additional materials that might be required include a copy of your most recent tax return, or if you have a co-signer, copies of the previously listed documents from your guarantor. Depending on which state you’re in, some of the documents may need notarization.

Double-check the application requirements before you attend the showing. These can vary depending on the landlord, and some may require you to pay additional fees or deposits. Don’t forget to bring your checkbook so you’re prepared to act quickly if the showing and approval process go smoothly.  Remember, a lease is a legally binding document, and you need to read it carefully before signing your name on the dotted line. Best of luck!


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New Lease listing in Downtown LA $2,000/mo

Brettany Harrison | Coldwell Banker Residential | (626) 272-0816
460 S Spring St Apt 502, Los Angeles, CA
Beautiful updated modern one bedroom condo w/ washer, dryer and 1 parking spot- Rowan Building
1BR/1BA Condo
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms 1 full, 0 partial
Sq Footage 720
Parking None
Pet Policy Cats, Dogs
Deposit $2,000


This beautiful 1 bedroom loft that sits on the 5th floor of a Los Angeles historic landmark with 180 degree views of Los Angeles. With wood floors throughout, this urban place is perfect for someone looking to be in the middle of hip n trendy little soho. Offered is 24 hour security, spa and lounge room for studying or relaxing. Pets allowed! Being in the heart of downtown LA, you are very close to fabulous restaurants, entertainment and shopping all around. Call this loft your home today!
Los Angeles
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- Living room - Dishwasher - Dryer
- Garbage disposal - Microwave - Refrigerator
- Stainless steel appliances - Washer - Central A/C
- Cable-ready - High-speed internet - Controlled access
- Doorman - Elevator - Secured entry
- Wheelchair access - Hardwood floor - Spa


- Barbecue area - Covered parking - New property
- Vintage building    


*Long term lease is desired.

*$2,000.00 Per Month

*$2,000.00 Security Deposit (Increased with pet)

*$35 Application Processing Fee

*Will work with Credit Issues, no Evictions

* Every Applicant over the age of 18 needs to apply

* Available for move IMMEDIATE move in


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Common Area – Lounge

Common Area – Lounge

Common Area – Lounge

Photo Common Area – Loung
Contact info:
Brettany Harrison
Coldwell Banker Residential
DRE Lic#01814189
(626) 272-0816

Posted: May 2, 2013, 11:11am PDT