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Prospective Tenants

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To apply for tenancy at a Home Screen property, the landlord requires that you are screened. Each person, 18 or older, who will be living on the property must submit an application. Applications for a specific unit are processed one at a time on a first-come, first-served basis. You can apply online or using the paper application.

Three things needed to apply:

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • An application fee of $42 will be collected at the time of submission
  • Have ready a state-issued photo ID and proof of income
 
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Freqently Asked Questions

Why do I need to be screened?

The owner of the property requires that tenants in his/her property are screened before moving in. Screening also gives tenants confidence knowing that people they may be sharing spaces with have been through the same screening process.

How do I submit a screening application? 

Apply online here!

What additional documentation is required with the application?

Each applicant must submit a copy of his/her Driver’s License and proof of income with his/her application. Proof of income is typically your two most recent paycheck stubs. If you are starting a new position, please submit an offer letter. If you are self-employed, please submit two years of tax returns.

How much does the application cost?

The application fee is $42 per person (18 years and older). The payment is due via credit/ debt card at the time you submit the application.

What is the fee for a married couple?

$84 ($42 for each person)

How long does the screening process take?

Two to five business days. The landlord will be notified the day you apply, but verifying references typically takes a few days.

I am in a rush - can you speed up the processing time?

The turnaround is dependent on how quickly we can get in touch with your landlords and employers. Expressing urgency to your references typically helps speed up the processing time. After verifying your references, we will contact the property owner with a recommendation. The property owner will then contact you with his/her final decision.

What would cause me to be denied from renting this apartment?

HomeScreen does not accept or deny applications; instead we make a recommendation to the property owner. We will recommend the application if the prospective tenants have no violent felonies in the past ten years, no evictions or negative landlord reports in the past five years and if the household gross monthly income is at least three times the rent.

What is the minimum credit score you accept?

HomeScreen does not have a minimum requirement for credit. We will recommend any application as long as the gross monthly income is 3x the rent, there are no negative rental references in the past five years and no violent felonies in the past ten years.

What if I have a felony in the past ten years, an eviction in the past five years,  or insufficient income?

Your application will not be recommended by HomeScreen. However, the property owner makes the final decision on accepting or denying applications. We recommend explaining any issues to the property owner before submitting an application and paying the non-refundable fee. The property owner may still ask you to complete the HomeScreen Application knowing the application will not be recommended on our end.

I don't meet one of the requirements, but I have a co-signer - does he/she need to be screened?

We allow each property owner to decide if the co-signer needs to be screened. Please contact the owner of the property you are interested in renting and ask if they require co-signer screenings. If so, the co-signer needs to follow all of the same application steps, including submitting the additional required documentation and paying the application fee.

What if I have no rental history?

No rental history means no negative landlord reports. We can still recommend your application if you have this is your first lease, but the property owner may request an additional deposit or a co-signer.

A lot of people seemed interested in this apartment. How do you process multiple applications for the same apartment?

For a given unit, we process one application at a time on a first come, first served basis. If you want to be first in line, be sure to submit the application with the documentation and fee as quickly as possible. If you submit an application and the payment information, but you are not the first in line, you will not be charged. You may notice a pending charge on your account, but the fee will only be withdrawn if your application is processed.

I viewed another apartment that also uses HomeScreen, can you send my application to multiple property owners?

Yes, your application is valid for 30 days. If you view other properties that use HomeScreen during that time frame, we can forward the recommendation to the property owner without charging another application fee. Send an e-mail to info@myhomescreen.org with your name, the new address and the name of the landlord who manages the new property.

Is my private information stored securely with HomeScreen?

Yes, we ensure your information is safely stored during the application process and properly discarded after your application is complete.

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