Rental Application Questions

by Erick Kristian ; Updated September 26, 2017
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There are some standard questions to ask on a rental application. The application is designed for the landlord to screen perspective tenants. The more information the landlord has, the better informed her decision will be. The landlord's primary concern is to make sure the tenant will pay rent on time and also not damage the property.

Social Security Number

The Social Security number of the potential renter will be used to verify his identity and run a credit check. A person with poor credit history may have a record of not paying debts. Landlords should avoid those with a poor credit history as the tenant is more likely to default on rental payments. The landlord needs to obtain written permission from the potential renter to run his credit report.

Employment And Income

The landlord should inquire about the employment of the renter. This is to ensure that the tenant has the means to make a living and pay rent. A letter of reference from the employer may be required. The landlord may also ask about income and ask to see a tax return or other documentation that verifies income.

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The landlord may want to know about the lifestyle of the tenant. The application may ask if the potential renter has pets, as pets may not be allowed on the property. The application can also ask if the person smokes, since this is a fire hazard and may damage the building and annoy others in it.

Personal Information

The rental application will ask for personal information such as name, telephone number, e-mail address, driver's license number, date of birth and current address. The landlord may also ask who else will be living in the unit and about any vehicles that will be parked on the property.


The rental application will request references, both personal and professional. The current and former employer as well as past and present landlords' contact information is a given. The application may also ask for emergency contact information and a phone number for the nearest relative.

Criminal Record

The application may require the applicant to complete a criminal record check. Or it may ask if the applicant has ever been convicted of a crime. The application may also want to know if the tenant has ever defaulted on rent before or declared bankruptcy.


About the Author

Erick Kristian began writing professionally in 2008. He has a strong background in business and extensive experience writing fiction and articles related to spirituality and self improvement which are published on growingeveryday.com. Kristian has written several screenplays, produced numerous films, published books and written numerous articles on a variety of subjects. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Schulich School of Business.

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