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.
Free Rental Applications for Landlords
Only the renter pays the application fee to cover the credit check, criminal history, and eviction report.
Includes extensive online applications, instant screening reports, and rental marketing.
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 to the rental unit 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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RESIDENCE HISTORY & 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:
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.
INCOME & EMPLOYMENT
Show Me the Money
In this section of the rental application, the applicant provides their employment information and income situation including:
When you receive this information in your screening report, we make it easier to know when you need additional proof of income with our Income Insights tool, which quickly verifies applicant-reported income against data from TransUnion.
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 the opportunity to make you aware of any special needs they may have during their tenancy.
ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS
Customize Your Tenant Application Form
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.
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.
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 prior to move-in. 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.
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 and screen applicants using 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?
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.
Standard Rental Application Form
Download a Printable Rental Application Form 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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