RENTAL CRITERIA AND INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY

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EMPLOYMENT HISTORY/INCOME

For verification consideration you must bring a copy of your 2 most recent paystubs, and/or copies of government, pension, or valid program funding. If self-employed, you must provide signed copies of the last two years’ tax returns and the last 3 months’ bank statements. For our property rentals:


  • History of acceptable level of income must cover the previous 24 months.


  • Rent to income ratio: 1 applicant must earn 2.5 time the rent amount per month. If based off of a combined income of 2 people rent to income ratio must be at least 4 times the rental income.

Credit Requirements

  

If your application is not approved, you are entitled to contact the provider of the report for a free copy. They may be contacted at:

TransUnion Consumer Relations, 

2 Baldwin Place, PO Box 1000, 

Chester, PA 19022. Phone: 1-800-888-4213. www.transunion.com/myoptions


We require a positive credit history with:

• No more than 2 delinquent payments over the last 24 months.

• No accounts in collection

• No non-discharged bankruptcies

• No money owing to a previous landlord

• At least 2 active accounts being rated to establish history.
 


We require a positive credit history with:

• No more than 2 delinquent payments over the last 24 months.

• No accounts in collection

• No non-discharged bankruptcies

• No money owing to a previous landlord

• At least 2 active accounts being rated to establish history.


NO EVICTIONS IN THE PAST 5 YEARS.

Landlord References

Each rental applicant must be able to demonstrate a pattern of meeting their rental obligations, leaving prior rental properties in good condition and not having a pattern of complaints from neighbors. Applicants can have no prior evictions and must have verifiable references for positive rental or mortgage history over the last 24 months. Please note that you must provide contact information for the previous landlord and that the previous landlord must take or return our screening calls within 72 hours of application submission or we will move onto the next application.

Criminal History

Criminal history will be considered on a case by case basis, with factors including the nature of the offense, how much time has passed, and whether or not the individual is appropriately rehabilitated and does not pose a risk to persons or property. No violent or sexually based felonies will be accepted. 

Automatic Denials

1. Any collection filed by a property management company/landlord will result in denial.

2. Any unlawful detainer action or eviction which has been within (5) years results in denial. 

Any current 3-Day OR 14-Day notice will result in denial.

How To Apply

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Who?

Each person 18 and older who will be residing in the home must submit the following:

• Application filled out completely and truthfully. (If applying remotely, signature on the application must be notarized.)

How Much?

Non refundable $40 screening fee per adult. Be sure you have viewed the home before applying! 

What do you need?

Copy of current state or government identification.    


Verification of income such as check stub for the past two pay periods, SSI / disability papers, child support papers, etc. If self-employed, provide last year’s tax returns and 3 months of current bank statements.

Houses for rent-Rental Criteria

If you do not meet one or more of the above criteria, you may be able to qualify for a rental unit if you have a third party located within the state that will guarantee your lease application, pass the screening process and have income and debt to income ratio sufficient to cover their expense and yours in event of default.


Rental Housing Code Resources for Tenants

According to TMC 1.95.030 at the time of application prospective tenants have the right to access information about code violations, findings of discrimination and how to register to vote. cityoftacoma.org/rentalhousingcode 


Washington State Voter Registration Information can be found at: 

sos.wa.gov


Code Violations

You may access information online about current and previous violations by entering an address on the Code Violations web page. If you have questions about a case, please contact the TacomaFIRST 311 Customer Support Center by calling 3-1-1 or (253) 591-5000 outside City limits. When calling, be prepared with the case number or address you’d like to discuss.
 

Discrimination Cases 

For information on the discrimination cases, visit the Fair Housing web page.