Free online rental applications
Say goodbye to messy handwriting, missing information, and waiting for paper applications in the mail. With our customizable online application, you’ll find the right renter to fill your vacancy fast.
Our online rental application is secure, convenient, and mobile friendly so you can manage your rental property from anywhere.
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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?
FREE Rental Applications for Landlords
Only the renter pays the application fee to cover the credit, criminal, and eviction report.
Includes extensive online applications, instant screening reports, and rental marketing.
Covers the credit report, background check, and eviction history. Eviction history is included with the $45 fee.
GATHER THEIR INFORMATION
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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PAST ADDRESSES & LANDLORD REFERENCES
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 information will be filtered into the leads 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. -
TurboTenant property manager
INCOME & EMPLOYMENT
Show Me the Money
On this section of the application, the applicant provides information about their current income situation including:
PETS, SMOKING & MORE
Rental Applicant Background
The applicant answers a few questions about their living habits & 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.
ASK YOUR OWN QUESTIONS
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.
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.
PAY THE APPLICATION FEE
Ready for Screening
The renter enters their credit card to pay for the application fee, $35 or $45 depending on which report type you selected. 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.
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.
Online Rental Applications
Customize and Send an Online Rental Application
TurboTenant’s 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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