Find your Best Tenant Yet

Free Online Rental Application Form

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

We’ll even run a background check, eviction history, and credit check – free for landlords.

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Free Rental Applications for Landlords

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

Landlords Pay

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

Applicants Pay

$ 55 Application Fee
  • Covers credit history, criminal record, and evictions.

GATHER THEIR INFORMATION

Tenant Application Basics

Once you invite them to apply, the renter starts the tenant 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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PAST ADDRESSES & LANDLORD REFERENCES

See a Potential Tenant's Rental History

The applicant provides information about housing history and previous landlords, and our system will send former landlords an email requesting a reference. Once that’s received, you’ll be emailed a notification and the reference information will be added to the online 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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INCOME & EMPLOYMENT

Show Me the Money

In this section of the rental application, the applicant provides their employment information and income situation including:

PETS, SMOKING, & MORE

Rental Applicant Background

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

The applicant also answers a few standard background information questions making you aware of any criminal history, evictions, and other pertinent real estate history such as foreclosures. In this section of the lease application, the potential tenant also has an opportunity to make you aware of any special needs they may have.

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ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS

Customize Your Rental Application

If you have specific questions you’d like potential renters to answer as part of your screening process, you can add those to the application from your settings area.

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Upload Documents

Verify their Identity and Income

The applicant has the opportunity to upload a photo ID like a driver’s license, pay stubs or another proof of income, personal references, and any other documents you request.

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PAY THE APPLICATION FEE

Ready for Screening

The renter enters their credit card to pay the application fee. This 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 online application and 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 the details of 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 property owner 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 rental applications improves efficiency and can decrease the amount of time that your property is vacant — a key factor in maximizing the return on your rental property 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.

How long does a rental application take? 

Once a potential tenant completes the online application, you’ll receive an instant screening report that includes an overview of their credit score, criminal background, and eviction history.

What information is gathered in an online rental application? 

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

You’ll even instantly receive important information like a tenant’s criminal history, eviction records, and a credit report from TransUnion. This gives you the financial history you will need to continue to narrow down renter 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 fair housing 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 property management process. Pre-screen your leads, invite them to apply via text or email, and easily screen them without requiring a social security number. 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 better evaluate tenants. This downloadable rental application PDF template shows you the questions that every rental application should ask. We also recommend screening tenants with thorough credit reports, criminal background checks, and eviction reports.

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