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What is a Rental Application Form?
A basic rental application is a two-page document used by a landlord to collect a minimal amount of personal information about the new tenant looking to apply for the rental. The form assists the landlord in vetting the applicant and helps to confirm rental history, employment, income, and more. The rental application form is the first step in the renting process.

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Rental application forms vary but usually require the prospective tenant to provide personal details including the their full name, social security number, date of birth, and prior address. Additional details generally include information regarding employment, income, pets, additional occupants, contact information, and more.

The rental application form also requests the prospective tenant to sign and date a consent section allowing the landlord to obtain a proper tenant screening report.

Once you've received a completed rental application the next step is to order a tenant screening report.

AAOA also offers a comprehensive rental application requiring the tenant to share more personal details which assists you in properly vetting them for your rental.

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What is a Basic Rental Application Form?

A basic rental application form is a form the prospective tenant completes when they are interested in renting a property. The applicant will provide information that allows the landlord to examine their background and decide whether or not they meet the criteria to rent the space. You can download and use AAOA’s simple rental application PDF to give to your applicants.

While you are free to inquire about personal information on your rental applications, you must always comply with fair housing laws. These laws forbid you to deny discriminating against applicants because of factors such as age, race, gender, and religion.

What Other Information is Included?

You can ask an applicant to provide information about a variety of different things on the basic rental application form.

This information may include:

The Purpose of a Basic Rental Application Form

To put it simply, a simple rental application form is used to screen prospective tenants who want to rent your property. Thoroughly screening applicants allows you to ensure that only people with a sound background and credit history are living in the units you own.

To break it down a bit more, standard rental applications serve a few other basic functions. These include:

Completing the Application Process

Before you give the applicant their form, be sure to disclose any fees you collect from them for running the background check. Once the applicant has completed the form and returned it to you, there are a few more steps you’ll need to complete the process.

If you have any questions about this form, please feel free to contact AAOA. We will be happy to walk you through the process of using this for your own tenants.

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