Researching a new place, touring luxurious communities, and planning out your next 12+ months is thrilling. You start to narrow down your dream apartment and begin picturing your life in the space.
Having your ducks in a row and putting together a well-prepared application will help you land the ideal apartment. In this article, we’ll discuss all the best practices to prepare an excellent apartment application. Let’s get started.
What to Know Before You Begin Applying
Before you start the rental application, you’ll need to have a clear idea of whether this particular apartment meets all your needs. Here are some factors to consider before applying:
- Location: Is your prospective residence close to work? Is it near other locations you want to live by?
- Amenity must-haves: Does the apartment community meet all of your amenity needs? Does it have the ideal fitness center or the EV charging station you’ve been looking for?
- Documentation: Make sure you have everything required by the apartment community application.
- Lease terms: Do you fully understand the lease terms and what you’ll agree to if you’re approved for the apartment? How many months of lease are you signing up for? Do you know the exact monthly rent?
All this information will help expedite the application process and ensure you land the ideal apartment.
Apartment Application Process: Step-By-Step
Let’s break down the application process into actionable, manageable steps. From filling out all the required information to handling rejection, this guide will help you every step of the way.
1. Find Available Units
The first step in applying is finding the rental property you’d like to apply for. Apartment hunting is an exciting process, but it can be overwhelming. Here are some steps to follow that make finding the perfect unit simple:
- Initial investigation: Speak with property management, browse online, and tour communities. The initial investigation is hands-on and allows you to review each apartment complex.
- Unit fit: Narrow down to one unit, ensuring it's the right size, price point, and location in the right community for you. Make sure you understand income requirements and that you qualify for that apartment.
- Identify demand: Figure out how popular the unit is and how urgent applying is. Have backup apartment options in case the unit you're interested in gets leased.
Once you've found your dream unit, losing it to another applicant is upsetting. Having your application filled out perfectly helps avoid this painful situation.
2. Fill Out Required Information
The meat of the application process is split between initial investigation and filling out the application itself. Any blanks or incorrect information in your application could result in delay or rejection. Ensure you fill in all the required information on the rental application form to avoid any delays in submitting your application.
Here’s the kind of background information that almost every apartment will need upfront:
- employment history/pay stubs/monthly income/proof of income
- contact information like phone number and current address
- co-signer information (if applicable)
- previous eviction information (if applicable)
- criminal history (if applicable)
- social security number
- driver’s license number
- emergency contacts
This may seem exhaustive, but every potential tenant must submit to this screening process. Many communities even have online tenant screening applications for ease and accessibility. Give yourself 60-90 minutes to fill it out. It’s better to complete the application in one sitting to avoid missing any information.
Most (if not all) apartments will charge an application fee for prospective tenants, so ensure you have that prepared, as well. If you’re having issues with any part of the application, feel free to contact the leasing agent or community manager. They should be happy to help you through the application.
If you plan on living with a roommate, they may need to fill out their own application and screening report. They will need to submit all the same information as you, including their rental history, bank statements/recent pay stubs, credit history, and more. Make sure they’re prepared, as well.
3. Allow Time for Property to Review
It’s normal to be anxious after an application. You’re excited about the apartment community, and you want to start planning the move-in.
However, it takes time for your application to be reviewed. Property management will need to run a background check and a credit report before letting you know whether you’ve been approved. Some complexes will need to check renters’ personal references, speak with previous landlords, and carefully review your credit score after the credit check. Allow time for this process if you’re looking to move soon.
Typically, the apartment manager will be able to give you an approximate timeline for the application to be reviewed.
4. Get Approved or Rejected
This is the day you’ve been waiting for—approval from your dream apartment community. If approved, the rest of the application process involves gathering needed household items, preparing to move, and moving in!
You’ll likely also need a security deposit to hold your spot; most of the time, you will get this deposit back upon moving out.
Now, if you don’t get approved, remember that application rejection happens. In most cases, another applicant applied before you. Keep up the apartment hunt, and don’t be afraid to apply to another unit in the same apartment community. You could have better luck on your second try.
5. Sign Your Lease and Schedule Your Move-In Date
The second to last step is signing the official lease agreement and scheduling the move-in. It’s good legal practice to review the lease in full before signing. Nothing should jump out as a surprise, but the document will have important information like move-in requirements, amenity details, and the process for rent payments.
Then, it’s time to schedule your move-in date! The apartment community will have already given you a general move-in timeline, but now’s when you get the official date. Here are some tips to help this process go smoothly:
- Read move-in rules: Some apartment communities don’t allow for move-ins during the work week or community events to avoid disturbing your future neighbors.
- Get the keys: Ensure you have all keys and passcodes ready to go before the move-in date or that you have all the proper entrance instructions.
- Hire movers: It seems obvious, but hiring movers really is the most convenient way to move.
Armed with these tips, you should be ready to move into your dream unit.
6. Move In!
This is the day you’ve been waiting for. It’s time to move in and get settled. You’ve chosen a lovely community with stunning amenities. Now it’s time to enjoy your new apartment.
Start trying out the various perks of your new place. Spend time getting your sweat on in the gym or chilling out by the pool. Visit the penthouse rooftop, and wherever you go, start meeting your neighbors.
This is your new home, filled with cultured residents ready to build community with you. Embrace your new home with joy.
The Q Playa Offers an Online Application Process
The rental application process is simple when you follow this guide's step-by-step instructions, from searching for the ideal unit, gathering all needed documents, and marking off each task with intention. You’ll be relaxing in your dream apartment in no time.
At The Q Playa, we strive to expedite the application process via our convenient online portal. We make finding your perfect apartment easy with our luxury apartment floor plans and interactive apartment map.