Rental FAQ

Full-Time Rental Frequently Asked Questions

What types of properties do you manage?
Do you allow pets?
Is there an application fee?
What do you look for when reviewing an application?
Do you accept Section 8?
Do you accept co-signors?
How much is the security deposit?
How much will it cost me to move in?
Do you require a lease?
What is the application procedure?


What types of properties do you manage?

We manage everything from small studios to large single-family homes, including commercial rental spaces. Our properties include duplex, triplexes and multiple-unit apartment complexes.

Do you allow pets?
As a general rule, the apartments, duplexes and triplexes we manage do not take any pets. Many of the houses will consider pets, but it depends on how many, what kind, what size, etc. If an owner will accept a tenant with a pet, an additional pet deposit is required (usually a minimum of $500.00) and the tenant is required to have the carpets professionally cleaned and the unit defleaed when they move out.

Is there an application fee?
No. We are hired by the property owners to find qualified tenants for their properties. We do not charge the tenants a fee to submit an application. However, once you have submitted an application and put down a security deposit on a property, we will charge you for any expenses we incur while verifying your information if we find any of the information on your application to be false.  Also, if an owner requires a credit report in addition to your application, we can run it for you at a cost of $20/person.  If you have a recent copy, you may provide your own.

What do you look for when reviewing an application?
Our goal is to match tenants with a property that fits well with their needs and lifestyle. We also have an obligation to the owner to place a tenant who can pay the rent and be a responsible and respectful tenant and neighbor.  We need to be able to verify your income and/or means of paying rent. A general rule is that your gross income needs to be approximately three times the rent amount.  In addition, it is to your advantage if we can verify your rental history with a previous landlord.

Do you accept Section 8?
Some of our owners will consider Section 8, but the final decision is based upon the application as a whole.

Do you accept co-signors?
Yes. We understand that many prospective tenants, particularly students, depend on the financial support of parents or other parties. We will need to be able to verify that the co-signor has the means to support the monthly rent, so co-signors need to complete the “Co-signor Form”.  Please note: Co-signors are only guaranteeing the rent. They are not parties to the rental agreement itself.

How much is the security deposit?
As a general rule, the security deposit is $300-500 more than one month’s rent.  Your security deposit is NOT a last month’s rent. When you move out, your deposit will be refunded to you within three weeks. Any cleaning expenses, damages, legal fees, unpaid rent or other expenses will be itemized and deducted.

How much will it cost me to move in?
In order to secure a unit, you must put down the complete security deposit. When the unit is available for move-in, you will need to pay a full first month’s rent. Your second month’s rent will be pro-rated if you moved in after the first of the month.

Do you require a lease?
No. All of our rentals are month-to-month. This means you may give 30-days written notice to move at any time. Likewise, the owner may give you 30-days written notice at any time.  If you have lived in the unit for more than one year, then the owner must give you 60-days written notice.  If you are on a Section 8 rental agreement, then the owner must give you 90-days notice.

What is the application procedure?
You are welcome to check our listings on this website (also posted on Craigslist) or by calling our office. After you submit an application, we will try to make arrangements for you to see the interior of the unit. We do need to meet you in person and verify a photo ID.  When you decide on a unit, you will need to put down the complete security deposit in order to hold it. We will not process your application until you have decided on a unit and placed a security deposit. If your application is approved, you will need the first month’s rent in full on the day the unit is available. We will pro-rate the second month’s rent if you move in on a date other than the first. Because of the volume of applications we receive, we are not able to call you when new listings come available. You will need to check with our office for new listings. If you fax your application to the office, please follow-up with a phone call. We do not process any applications until we have spoken with you in person and have received a security deposit.

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