As a prospective resident, you will be treated with honesty and integrity throughout the application process. Your personal information will be treated with confidentiality and the security that it deserves.
1 – Before applying please review our full screening criteria, click here. Please also download a copy of our Rental Application Fee Disclosure Statement. If you believe you will not pass the screening criteria, we recommend that you DO NOT complete the application and pay the application fee.
2 – Each adult (18 or over) who will occupy the property must complete an application and pay the screening fee of $45.
3 – The SCREENING FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE. The screening fee is $45.00 and must be paid with either a credit or debit card or checking account and routing number. We do not have the option of a hard copy (paper) application, as all applications must be submitted online. The screening fee must be paid at the time of application submittal. We will not process an application if the screening fee is not received.
The following is an itemized explanation for the disposition and use of the application fee:
AmRent (Criminal, Credit, and Cross ID Check): $12.40
Online Application Software: $7.95
Office Administration (rental history check and income verification): $24.65
4 –Once at least one application from the household has been submitted, the applicant is eligible to place a holding fee on the property. Any prospect who requires subsidy, section 8, or similar housing voucher program approval of a unit will need to have the unit approved by that organization prior to placing a holding fee to secure a unit. NOTE: Our available properties are marketed until a prospective resident places a holding fee on the property and a holding fee receipt has been signed.
You may pay the holding fee after at least one person from your household applies or after your application is approved; however, the property will be leased to the first approved applicant resident who pays the holding fee and has signed the holding fee receipt. The holding fee is equal to one month’s rent and is applied towards the security deposit upon signing a lease. A holding fee receipt will be sent to you after the payment is processed and it will need to be electronically signed. Once you have electronically signed, the property will be unlisted.
All applications (with requested information and documentation) including roommates and co-signers must be submitted within 24 hours of paying the holding fee. The property will be held for 14 days after the holding fee is paid and the lease must be signed within that timeframe. The move-in date must be within 14 days of the holding fee being received unless the unit is not available within that given timeframe. If you need to reserve the home for longer than 14 days, you may do so by requesting a 30-day Holding Fee Receipt, this will add an additional $100 to the administration fee at move-in for a total administration fee of $200. In these cases, the move-in date must be within 30 days. The holding fee is non-refundable after one business day from the time received, unless the applicant is denied or it is verified that you submitted false information during the application process.
5 – A complete application consists of ALL of the following:
- Application form
- Terms and Conditions Acknowledgement
- Release of Information Authorization Form signed electronically (needed to obtain landlord verifications)
- Disclosure Statement signed electronically
- Copy of a Government-Issued Photo ID
Documentation of your current income, including:
- Your most recent pay-stub or an employment offer letter (to document income from employment);
- Your most recent tax return form 1040 and Schedule C or SE, if applicable (to document income from self-employment or other cash income);
- A benefits letter (to document income from social security/disability/other public assistance);
- A recent statement from the Friend of the Court (to document income from child support and/or alimony);
- Bank statements (to document income not otherwise listed here)
- Color photo(s) of pet(s), if applicable
6 – Once your complete application is received, we will verify that you meet the screening criteria. A full credit, criminal, ID cross check and landlord verification will be completed within three business days. We will promptly notify you once your application is either approved or denied.
The following is the third party utilized for the screening process:
250 E Broad St
Columbus, OH 43215
The applicant has the right to request any paperwork or copies of electronic correspondence generated as a result of the screening process.
Within thirty (30) days of receipt of a denial, the applicant may, if he or she believes this ordinance has been violated, file a written complaint with the City Manager or the City Manager’s Designee, addressed to City Manager, City of Grand Rapids, 300 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503, 6th Floor, Attention: Rental Application Fee Ordinance Complaint.
Thank you for your interest in our properties and we look forward to working with you! If you have specific questions about our application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org.