Before you submit your application(s), please review the general qualifications guidelines below. We don't want you to pay the non-refundable application fee if you are not likely to be accepted as a tenant by the owner of the property you are interested in. If in doubt, please call us so we can review your situation. We don't make the decision, the property owner does, but we can usually provide some guidance on the likelihood of acceptance.
Owners look for income about 3.5 times the monthly rent and will require evidence of the income, such as pay stubs with year-to-date earnings. Please call if you do not have pay stubs because you are self employed or other special circumstances.
Owners want to see a pattern of paying rent promptly. They do not want to see late rent or evictions when we do the rental history verifications. Owners also look at the amount of rent or house payment you currently pay and will be concerned if the house you want to rent is significantly higher.
Owners want to be comfortable that you pay your bills in a timely manner. Generally, you need to have cre dit scores of 640 or higher. If you dont know your score, you can find out thru freecreditreport.com Bankruptcies that have not been discharged, recent Foreclosures or Short Sales, and multiple late payments to other creditors are usually reasons for an application to be rejected. We understand there are many reasons for credit problems and we can work with many of them - but please discuss any of the ones above with us before you submit your application. If you have been turned down for a rental property based on credit history or dont think your credit will meet the requirements above, you may want to contact a credit repair service such as Credit Guys (not affiliated with Rental Home KC).
Owners want tenants who will be peaceful and safe for the home and the neighborhood. We run a background check on all applicants. Applicants with felony crimes and some misdemeanors (not traffic tickets), such as bad checks, will likely be rejected. Please discuss your situation with us before you apply if you have these issues on your record.
Some owners allow pets of specific types and size but some do not. Pets often damage homes and may make the home uninhabitable by some future tenants who are allergic to the pet. Please be sure you accurately reveal all pets you plan to have in the home. The lease does not allow you to bring additional pets after lease signing without written approval of the owner.
Any falsified, withheld, or misleading information provided on the application is cause for rejection. If these problems are found after a lease is signed, they constitute a breach of the lease agreement resulting in legal remedies per the lease, including forfeiture of the deposit and eviction. Each adult, age 18 or older, who will occupy the property, must complete a separate application, whether they have income or not. Failure to disclose residents of the home is misrepresentation, therefore a breach of the lease.