These following documents for renting an apartment are standard, however, landlords may require additional items. Regardless of where you choose to live, you usually will need:
● Application: Your representative will give you this form once you have found a property. Some landlords have their own application.
● Letter of Employment: This letter should be on company letterhead with a current date. The letter should state job title, length of employment and income. It must be signed by a supervisor or person authorized to verify the information (*please note offer and acceptance letters are usually not sufficient).
● If self-employed, a letter from a Certified Public Accountant on company letterhead verifying nature of the business and income amount for the last 2 years.
● Your 2 most recent pay stubs.
● Tax Returns: Most recent tax returns. You only need the first page and signature page unless you are applying for a condo or coop, in which case you will need the entire tax return for the board package.
● Bank Statements: 2 most recent statements with your name on the statement.
● Bank Account #’s: Often required on application forms.
● Landlord Reference Letters: This is not always required but can help in the process. If you are unable to obtain a letter, have a contact name, phone number and address readily available.
● Additional sources of income: If you receive income from other sources you will be required to verify the income through appropriate paperwork. In addition, if you are expecting a significant bonus, you will need documentation available stating the amount.
● Credit report: A credit check will be run by your representative or by the landlord or management company. Credit reports obtained on your own are typically not accepted. Credit history and rating is a significant part of the decision process for a landlord or management company. Let your representative know in advance if you have credit issues so you can discuss options.