Find Out More About Rental Qualifications
Learn What It Takes to Apply for a Rental Property
If one of our rental properties interests you, please complete the rental application in a timely manner. Information about qualifications is found below.
In order for us to process your application quickly, please note the following:
You’ll find the application form linked to the available property on our home screen. After filling out the application, you will be asked to pay the application fee. You must pay the application fee with a major credit card or come to the office to fill out a paper application and pay via cash, check, or money order. Please note that your application will not be processed until the application fees are paid and all documentation is received.
All adults aged 18 and older must submit their own application and application fee. Make sure all parties are listed in the “Other Occupants” section, so applications are matched correctly. Anyone that moves into the home that is 18 years or older, even if he or she is not responsible for paying rent, must complete the application process. Not complying with this will result in the termination of your lease, and you will be required to vacate the home or be evicted for not complying with the lease, which will go on your permanent record.
We must verify your income. The easiest way to do this is for you to upload the information with your application, fax it to (941) 296-8580, or email to email@example.com your two most recent pay stubs to us. If that is not an option, make sure your application includes the correct contact information for someone who can verify your income (employer, customer). If you have investments or some other method of income, we will
arrange for proof of this income without infringing on your privacy. We want to ensure that the rent will be paid to the owners of the homes that we manage, but you don’t have to provide personal accounts that you are not comfortable providing. We will come up with a solution.
We must verify your rental history. Make sure you have already given the notice to vacate to your current landlord. Many landlords will not verify rental history until the resident has presented their notice to vacate. Please provide accurate contact information for all landlords for the past two years. We would prefer a landlord where you vacated the property, so we know how you leave a home once the lease is completed.
Relax Realty Group’s Resident Benefits Package (RBP) delivers savings and convenient, professional services that make taking care of your home second nature. By applying, Applicant agrees to be enrolled and to pay the applicable cost of $50month, payable with rent. For additional information please visit www.relaxrealtygroup/rbp
Occupancy Guidelines – The following occupancy standards apply based on two persons per bedroom, plus one per home:
- Studio = One person or couple
- One-Bedroom = Two Persons
- Two-Bedroom = Four Persons
- Three-Bedroom = Six Persons
- Four-Bedroom = Eight Persons.
These occupancy standards do not apply to anyone protected under the Federal Fair Housing Guidelines as they relate to familial status. Familial status is defined as “one or more individuals (who have not attained the age of 18 years) being domiciled with a parent or another person having legal custody of such individual or individuals; or the designee of such parent or other person having such custody, with the written permission of such parent or other person. The protections afforded against discrimination on the basis of familial status shall apply to any person who is pregnant or is in the process of securing legal custody of any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years.” The landlord reserves the right, however, to limit occupancy in unique situations due to the physical limitations of the property (for example, limitation of the building’s sewer and electrical systems) and state and local building codes that impose their own set of minimum space requirements per occupant.
Credit Check – We will request a credit report on all applicants to verify creditworthiness. Credit checks are currently run through Equifax. There is not a minimum credit score required; however, you cannot have any prior evictions, prior landlord debt, or open bankruptcies on your record. If you have a credit score of 600 or above, you will be approved without any additional deposits required. Applicants with a credit score under 600 or having no credit at all may be required to pay additional deposits, and last month’s rent will be due with lease signing.
Criminal Background Check – A criminal background check will be conducted for each applicant and occupants aged 18 years or older. A felony conviction in the last two years for the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance disqualifies you from renting our homes. A felony criminal conviction relating to violent acts, crimes of dishonesty or breach of trust, or matters
of similar nature or severity in the last five years is cause for an automatic denial of an application by the landlord. In addition to the nature and severity of the conviction, the landlord will consider factors including, without limitation, the amount of time that has passed since the relevant conviction and whether such conviction could reasonably be deemed to be indicative of potential risk to safety and/or property. Registered sex offenders that served jail/ prison time will be disqualified from renting our homes. Misdemeanors are not a reason for denial of the application at all.
Income – Applicants must provide proof of verifiable gross household monthly income. Total rent payment per month cannot be more than 33% of the applicants’ combined gross monthly income.
Please note: Conditional approval may be granted to applicants in which the total rent payment per month is between 34% and 45% of the applicants’ combined gross monthly income. Conditionally approved applicants may be required to pay additional deposits or advanced rent to reserve a property.
Rental History – You must have good rental history. We will need the contact information of your last two landlords. If you do not have contact information for him or her, you can provide the landlord before that one. Proof of rental payments does not apply to applicants who owned their own home for the six months prior to the lease term.
Pets/Animals – You are required to disclose in your application all pets that will reside in the property. The maximum number of pets allowed is two, and each pet will be approved on a case-by case basis. Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Cane Corsos, Chows
Chows, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Great Danes, Huskies, Mastiffs, Pit Bulls, Pinschers, Presa Canarios, Ridgebacks, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, Terriers, Wolf hybrids, and all breeds / mixed breeds of these animals are not permitted on any premises. The landlord retains the right to restrict other breeds or specific animals at its sole discretion.
Pets are subject to a one-time deposit per pet due at move-in, except as prohibited by law. Tenants are required to purchase a liability policy for all dogs and present the declaration page prior to lease signing. No puppies or breeding of any animal is prohibited. The pet deposit does not apply to service animals* or for small caged animals. (*A service animal is any animal that assists a person with a physical or mental impairment. A service animal is not a pet.). All pets must be screened by www.petscreening.com.
A tenant may not keep more than one 30-gallon or larger aquarium in the home.
Applicants may be asked to provide a photograph and veterinary records showing that vaccinations are current for each pet. Resident(s) will abide by the rules and regulations of any applicable Homeowners’ Association (HOA) and/or local ordinances as it relates to pet and breed restrictions.
Smoking Policy – Smoking is strictly prohibited inside any unit. You will be asked to vacate and will be violating the lease if you smoke anywhere on the property.
Final decisions on all applications are based on standard criteria set by the landlord, including rental and credit history, ability to pay rent, and background check results. Applicants will be automatically denied for any of the following:
- Prior evictions within seven years of application • Identity cannot be verified
- Income cannot be verified
- Open bankruptcies
- Total rent payment per month is more than 46% of the applicants’ combined verifiable gross monthly income • Any landlord collection in the past five years
- Overdue debt of $10,000 or more, including balances on outstanding civil judgments (does not include student loans or medical bills/debt)
- A felony conviction for the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance in the last two years
- Misrepresentation(s) or falsifications of application
Areas We Serve
We can provide outstanding assistance to both tenants and owners alike. Consider calling (941) 923-7200 to learn more about what we do.
- Parrish, FL
- Venice, FL
- Osprey, FL
- Nokomis, FL
- Siesta Key, FL
- Lido Key, FL
- Lakewood Ranch, FL
- Bradenton, FL
- Palmetto, FL
- South Sarasota, FL
- Sarasota, FL
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