Renting an apartment can be exciting! It can also be stressful. You have to know where to look to find the best apartments in your area. Then, you have to know what kind of rental you’re looking for. Even after you’ve found the perfect apartment, your job isn’t done. You still have to sign a lease!
Some property managers are pickier than others. No matter what they’re looking for in a new tenant, there are a few things you’ll want to make sure you bring along when it’s time to sign a lease.
It’s a good bet that you’ll need to have the following documents when you’re ready to sign a lease:
- A government-issued ID, like a driver’s license or passport
- Your Social Security number
- Your checkbook
It’s important for the landlord to have a copy of your picture ID for their records. Your Social Security number allows them to run a background check. Having your checkbook handy means you can pay for the deposit to hold the apartment.
Documents you might need
Every landlord or property manager is a little bit different. Here are a few things you might want to bring along just in case:
- Contact information for references
- Recent bank statements, or last year’s tax return
- Proof of employment
Some landlords want to verify that you pay your rent by contacting your previous landlords. Bank statements and proof of employment are often needed for income driven housing and niche communities.
Not sure what to bring? Just ask! The landlord or property manager would be happy to tell you what to bring when renting an apartment.