When looking into the rental process, you may find that apartment or townhouse applications often ask for additional documents. This could include a number of things and for first time renters, it can be somewhat stressful to figure out what is needed and what it is used for. If you’ve been looking into a rental unit and aren’t sure what each piece of information asked for is, read on to find out why these documents are often asked for.
Landlords and rental agencies may ask to see your pay stubs to verify employment and that you’re making as money as you claim. This offers them more certainty that you will be able to pay rent regularly and on time. Some landlords will only accept tenants whose rent would only be around 30% or less of their income. Bank statements may also be requested for the same purpose.
If you’re going out to look at apartments or fill out applications, be sure to bring some form of identification. Most often, this means your driver’s license, state ID, or even passport. This is to verify your identity and make sure you are who you say you are. Similarly, your social security number may be used to check your credit, so make sure you know what your number is.
Vehicle Registration and Insurance
If your rental unit comes with a parking space, it’s important that your landlord or agency knows who the vehicle belongs to. This is a good thing for you as well, as it can keep you from running out of valuable parking spaces due to strangers or guests. In the event that a vehicle is abandoned in the lot, it’s also important that they know who it belongs to.
References and Rental History
If you’ve had previous landlords, your new landlord may want to speak to them and verify that you were a good tenant. You may need to provide a completely history of where you’ve rented, including addresses, the phone number of who manages the property, how long you stayed, and why you inevitably left. Additionally, references including professional and personal contacts may be requested. Just make sure that anyone you list is aware you’ve used them as a reference.
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At The Apartments of Wildewood, located in beautiful in St. Mary’s Maryland, we offer homes with access to pools, an on-site gym, and maintenance whenever you need it – and have access to all the information you need to affordably rent an apartment in St. Mary’s. To set up an appointment to check out an apartment or townhouse rental from The Apartments at Wildewood, call us at 301.737.0737 or visit the website!