SEATTLE RENTAL GROUP CRITERIA
For Rental Properties located outside the City of Seattle
Residential Qualification Criteria
Please be sure to read and follow criteria for consideration of a complete application. Your data is submitted in real-time. Only completed applications will be further processed in the order received. Groups of more than one applicant will not be considered complete until the applications from all members of the group are received. Each applicant of legal age must submit an individual rental application. Please note that, while equivalent applications are processed in the ordered received, other factors such as the requested date of the commencement of tenancy, or an applicant offering a higher rent amount may result in priority of another application.
Applications are not accepted unless all applicants have viewed the property. For applicants outside the area, one member of the group of residents or another individual identified by the applicant must visit the property in person and use Skype, Facetime, or another interactive “real time” method of taking a virtual tour of the property on behalf of those not present in person. Failure to arrive on time for the showing appointment, or to provide advance notice of the intent to reschedule, may result in denial of the application.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $46 per applicant.
24 months valid, verifiable favorable rental history.
Valid rental history is a written lease or month-to-month agreement.
If rental history is less than 24 months then an increased deposit or cosigner may be requested.
1 or more late payments, NSF checks and/or noise complaints within 24 months may result in denial.
If past or present landlord(s) do not respond to requests for information within 48 hours of being contacted, that may result in denial due to unavailability of verifiable favorable rental history.
Final recommendation will also be dependent on income, credit and employment history.
All open accounts in good standing for 2 years.
Derogatory credit history may result in denial.
Final recommendation will also be dependent on income, rental and employment history.
Unverifiable current employment may result in denial.
Final recommendation will also be dependent on income, rental and credit history.
Monthly verifiable income must be equal to at least 3 times the monthly rental amount, determined in accordance with Section 14.08.40 F. of the Seattle Municipal Code.
If income is less than 3 times the rental amount it may require a qualified cosigner or result in denial.
Final recommendation will also be dependent on rental, credit and employment history.
Acceptable documentation for verifiable income varies based on the income source. Generally accepted documentation may include 2 consecutive (recent) paystubs, most recent tax returns, W2, Leave & Earnings Statement (LES), Statement of Social Security Benefits, I20 (International Students), etc.
SECTION 8 APPLICANT CRITERIA:
All Section 8 applicants are required to meet the same criteria as stated above, with the exception that the applicant only needs to meet income requirements for their portion of the rent. Recommendations will be made following the above set standards.
COSIGNER QUALIFICATION CRITERIA:
If the property owner has allowed a co-signer or guarantor, the cosigner will be APPROVED if all the qualifications below are met; if the cosigner does not meet any 1 of the following criteria then the cosigner will not qualify.
RENTAL HISTORY: 1 year of valid and verifiable rental or mortgage history with no late payments
CREDIT HISTORY: All open accounts in good standing for 2 years with less than $100 in derogatory credit. Any bankruptcy (open and/or discharged) will result in denial.
EMPLOYMENT: 24 months with current employer or previous employment in same field of work.
INCOME: 5 times the rental amount of the unit in verifiable, garnishable income.
Valid government issued photo identification will be required of all applicants.
GROUNDS FOR DENIAL WILL RESULT FROM THE FOLLOWING ON ALL APPLICANTS:
Verified unpaid eviction showing on credit report or confirmed with landlord.
Unpaid rental collection verified on credit report.
Balance owing to landlord.
1 or more late payments and/or NSF checks and/or noise complaints within a 24 month rental period (current and/or previous).
Unverifiable social security number.
Falsification of rental application.
Breaking lease agreement that will result in collection filing.
History of criminal activity on the part of any proposed occupant that presents a danger to persons or property, or the peace and enjoyment of other residents or members of the community could negatively impact your application. When evaluating any past criminal behavior, the nature and severity of the crime, is considered. If you have any mitigating factors you with us to consider, please provide additional information. Note that the following may result in denial:
Murder (1st and 2nd degree) Kidnapping (All counts)
Manslaughter (1st degree) Theft (1st & 2nd degree)
Assault 1st, 2nd & 3rd degree) Burglary (1st, 2nd degree & vehicle prowling 1st degree)
Robbery (1st & 2nd degree) Malicious Mischief (1st degree)
Rape (All counts) Arson (1st, 2nd degree & Reckless Burning 1st degree)
Child molestation (All counts) Delivery or Sale of illegal substance(s) (All counts)
Rape of a child (All counts) Possession with intent to Deliver Illegal Substance (All counts)
Outstanding criminal warrant Any Terror Related Activity
Any criminal conviction which results in a registered sex offender requirement and/or any current sex offender registry requirement.
A criminal records search will be performed for felony and misdemeanor offenses. All felony and misdemeanor offenses must be disclosed on the rental application.
Please be advised:
Consider this statement as notification that we do not accept a comprehensive reusable tenant screening report, as defined by RCW 59.18.257.
After the application has been completed, please make sure to contact the Leasing Specialist to alert them of your application