How to Meet the Qualifications for a Seattle Apartment

Rental Requirements & Qualifications Seattle Apartment

Apartment communities come with a variety of different requirements, and it’s always helpful to explore those requirements when you begin your search for an apartment in Seattle. Some apartment communities may request that you pay various fees associated with moving into your new home, and other apartments may require that you meet a certain income threshold.

Here are Some of the Requirements & Qualifications You May Need to Meet to Move into an Apartment in Seattle

Credit Rating & Income Requirements

Two of the most critical and common rental requirements for moving into an apartment community are having an excellent credit rating and having adequate income to pay the rent. A typical income threshold is having three times the rental amount in monthly income. For example, if you rent an apartment that costs $2,000 a month, your apartment management company may require that you bring home $6,000 in income each month.

You’ll usually need to verify income by providing some pay stubs, copies of bank statements, or tax returns from previous years. You probably won’t need to provide all of these items, and your apartment leasing agent can help you figure out which documents you need to bring when you apply for the apartment.

If you meet the income requirement, you must then make sure your credit report doesn’t show any negative items. It’s worth getting a copy of your credit report before you apply for an apartment because you may not be aware of a negative issue on your report.  It’s important to take care of negative items on your credit report before applying for anything, whether you’re applying to live in an apartment community or you’re trying to get a car loan or personal loan.

Criminal Background Checks for Apartment Residency

One of the relatively new requirements of many apartment communities is a criminal background check. Some apartment communities may not rent to individuals who have a conviction as a sex offender, and other communities may deny an application based on other evidence of criminal convictions.

However, a criminal conviction doesn’t automatically mean an apartment manager will deny an application. In fact, renting in the City of Seattle comes with certain protections:

“City of Seattle Disclosure:  Applicants are notified that landlords in the City of Seattle are prohibited from requiring disclosure, asking about, rejecting an applicant, or taking an adverse action based on any arrest record, conviction record, or criminal history, except for registry information… Applicant may provide supplemental information related to Applicant’s rehabilitation, good conduct, and facts or explanations regarding their registry information.”

More information is available through the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and the “Fair Chance Housing” ordinance.

If you have any questions about the policies regarding criminal background checks at your chosen Seattle apartment community, you may wish to get in touch with the apartment community with any questions you have about renting and application approval. A rental or leasing agent should have all the answers you need, so you don’t need to submit an application without relative certainty that you’ll receive approval.

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