Tenant Resources

As a company, we do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law and welcome Persons of all Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Handicap, Familial Status, or National Origin.

Please be prepared to pay the application fee ($65) as outlined in the property listing. In addition to this rental application, you will also be required to provide a copy of a valid form of identification and proof of income.

The following is the APPLICANT CRITERIA: Including CREDIT CRITERIA, RENTAL HISTORY CRITERIA, INCOME CRITERIA, CRIMINAL CHECK and BACKGROUND POLICY and PET POLICY.. By submitting your application, you are acknowledging that you have read and understand the CRITERIA and POLICIES.

Please read the following policies. If you feel you meet the qualification guidelines, please submit an application. We do process all applications receive. If there are multiple applications, the most qualified application will be approved (ex. higher credit score, higher income, better rental history). The reason is that we have an obligation to the property owner to find the best qualified applicant. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

APPLICANTS:

  1. Each person 18 years of age and older who will occupy the home, must complete an online application.
  2. Our residences are non-smoking properties (incl. garage space).
  3. Renters insurance is required to reside in our managed properties. 1st Choice Property Management must be named as additional insured in the policy.

PROCESSING FEES:

There is a $65.00 non-refundable processing fee for each applicant. Applications are completed online.

CREDIT CRITERIA:

  1. Currently we use Experian to determine credit score and other reporting. Scores from other sources will not be accepted.
  2. We will obtain a credit report for each applicant. Reports supplied by applicants will not be accepted.
  3. The deposit amount is scaled based off your actual credit score.
  4. If credit score is under 500, application will be denied.
  5. An open Federal Tax Lien will cause for application denial.
  6. Bankruptcy status and age will determine if an application is accepted with increased deposit or denied.

RENTAL HISTORY CRITERIA: The following can be used for rejection or increased Security Deposit:

  1. Eviction or outstanding balances due a previous landlord.
  2. We do not take rental verifications from family members.
  3. If a co-signer is necessary, the co-signer must complete a full application. Having a co-signer is not normal policy and is subject to our approval or denial.

INCOME CRITERIA:

  1. Income may be combined on legally married persons only. Marriage License or Declaration of Informal Marriage Certificate must be provided.
  2. Applicant’s gross monthly income must be three (3) times the monthly rent.
  3. Income will be verified by the employer's HR department or, the prior month’s pay stubs with YTD calculation on check stub., to be provided with the application.
  4. Self-employed applicants must provide their most recent tax return, 1099 or 3 months bank statements.
  5. Unverifiable income will not be considered.

IDENTIFICATION:

Photo ID’s must be provided at the time the lease application is submitted.

CRIMINAL CHECK and BACKGROUND POLICY: :

A criminal background check will be run on every applicant. Felonies involving person or property convictions are cause for automatic rejection. Review the attached list of offenses that are cause for rejection. Your application authorizes 1st Choice Property Management to perform a Criminal Background check on you. The following offenses are cause for automatic rejection:

  1. Arson or Destruction of Property
  2. Burglary
  3. Indecency with a Child
  4. Kidnapping
  5. Lewd Behavior
  6. Manslaughter
  7. Murder
  8. Molestation
  9. Organized Crime
  10. Prostitution
  11. Rape
  12. Robbery
  13. Sale/Manufacture of Drugs
  14. Sex Crimes
  15. Stalking
  16. Terrorism

Any other offense may be cause for rejection or for special provisions to be added to your lease, such as Bad Checks would be cause for us to not accept rent payment by check.

PET POLICY:

Our Pet Policy is as follows, and this is not an agreement to allow you to have a pet. A Pet Agreement must be in place before you bring a pet on the property. We have a policy of two pet maximum per household, and all pets must have current shots. When you apply to have a Pet Agreement, a current picture of the pet must be submitted, along with their shot records, when applying through petscreening.com. The Pet Agreement is only good for that particular pet and not for any subsequent pets.

All pets (Limit 2) will be subject to a $300 non-refundable pet fee.

All pets will need to apply at: https://www.petscreening.com/referral/fPfv8cnK8SlL

Recommended Assistance Animals (i.e. service/emotional/companion/etc.) accommodation requests are not subject to pet deposits or fees.

Apply at: https://www.petscreening.com/referral/fPfv8cnK8SlL

We will not accept Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, or any other breed that is considered aggressive. The yard must be picked up at least twice weekly. Fences will be maintained by the tenant to insure the pet remains in the yard. Pets will not be allowed loose outside of the backyard. No dogs will be allowed in a home that does not have a fenced yard.

CONDITION OF MOVE-IN:

  1. All utility accounts must be transferred into the residents’ name as of the date of possession. We will have canceled all utility service by the move in date.
  2. Security and Pet Deposits will be paid at the time of lease signing. Only Cashier's Checks, or Money Orders will be accepted.

If, after reading the above and reviewing our Credit, Rental, Income, Criminal and Pet Criteria, you consider yourself qualified under these guidelines, please understand the following:

  1. We will not process your application without the correct funds and all documentation being submitted together. You application will be held in an incomplete status or denied.
  2. Once we notify you that your application has been approved, you will have three business days to bring the full Security Deposit in secured funds to our office.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL US AT 817-768-6992.