Find your Best Tenant Yet

Free, Online Rental Applications & Tenant Screening.

Streamline your process to find the best tenant quickly by doing it all online. Use a rental application that is secure, convenient, and mobile-friendly.

Plus, we’ll run a background check – free for landlords.

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Free Rental Applications for Landlords

Only the renter pays the application fee to cover the credit, criminal, and eviction report.

Landlords Pay

$ 0
  • Includes extensive online applications, instant screening reports, and rental marketing.

Applicants Pay

$ 45 Application Fee
  • Covers the credit report, background check, and eviction history.


Application Basics

Once you invite them to apply, the renter starts the application by selecting whether they are applying as a tenant or co-signing for someone else. Then they move to the first section of the rental application where they provide basic contact information including:

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Master the Online Rental Application in a Few Short Minutes!

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See their Rental History

The applicant provides information about housing history and previous landlords. Our system will send previous landlords an email requesting a reference as well. Once that is received, you will be emailed a notification and the reference information will be added to the application. Questions include:

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 I especially love how easy it makes the application process. No more dealing with paper. They do the dirty work, you get the results you need. Win win! And it doesn’t cost the landlord or property managers a dime.

– Dana M.

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Show Me the Money

On this section of the application, the applicant provides information about their current income situation including:


Rental Applicant Background

The applicant answers a few questions about their preferences including whether or not an applicant has pets, plans to have vehicles at the property or if they smoke.

The applicant also answers a few standard background questions making you aware of any criminal history, evictions and other pertinent housing histories such as foreclosures. In this section of the application, the applicant also has an opportunity to make you aware of any special needs.

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Customize Your Rental Application

If you have specific questions you’d like interested renters to answer, you can add those to the application from your settings area.

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Upload Documents

Verify their Identity, Income, and More

The applicant has the opportunity to upload a photo-ID, proof of income/employment and any other documents you request.

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Ready for Screening

The renter enters their credit card to pay the $45 application fee. The fee covers a credit report, background check, and eviction report.

The applicant then sets a password and is given the option to add a short bio and picture so that you can get to know them better. At this point, the applicant has successfully created an account and can monitor the status of their application/screening report, purchase renters insurance and edit their application info.

Instant Tenant Screening

Rental, Credit & Criminal History

The applicant approves a credit and background check and verifies their identity immediately after finishing the rental application. So you don’t have to wait days to get back their screening report. It’s available the second you request it.

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Rental Application FAQs

What is a rental application?

A residential rental application is a document that a prospective tenant completes and submits to a landlord or property manager when interested in renting that home. The landlord or property manager will then assess the applicant’s information including employment history, a credit report, a criminal background report and any references before deciding if they may rent the property. If approved, the applicant will be offered a lease agreement.

Why use an online rental application? 

Using online applications improves efficiency and can decrease the amount of time between vacancies — a key factor in maximizing the return on your rental investment. 

Additionally, most renters expect the ability to find and apply for rental properties online, and may pass on a listing if that ability is not available. Learn what to look for in an online rental application.

What information is gathered in an online rental application? 

Our customizable rental applications collect the industry standard information so you can decide if the applicant will be a reliable tenant. 

You’ll even instantly receive important information like a tenant’s credit report, criminal history, and eviction records from TransUnion. This gives you the financial history you will need to continue to narrow down rental prospects. 

What should my rental application fee be?


Rental application fees will vary based on the screening report that you choose, as well as any additional administrative fees that may be applicable. Rental application fees are becoming more and more regulated, so it is crucial to understand your state and local laws to help you determine the right fee for your application process. Find out more about rental application fees
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Online Rental Applications

Customize and Send an Online Rental Application

Our online applications will help you streamline your entire rental process. Pre-screen leads, invite them to apply via text or email and easily screen them. All in one place, all online, from any device. Learn more.

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Rental Application PDF

Download a Standard Rental Application PDF

Rental applications help landlords evaluate tenants. This template shows you the questions an application should ask. We also recommend screening tenants with thorough credit, criminal, and eviction reports.

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