How to apply to rentals through Apartments.com

Searching for a new place can be tough but finding your perfect place is possible! Applying to rentals through Apartments.com is easy and just takes a few minutes.

For $24.99 (plus tax) you can apply to up to 10 participating listings for up to 30 days. Fill out your application once, and we'll save your info in case you want to apply to more places. Your reusable application also includes comprehensive screening reports such as a credit report and background check from TransUnion


How applications work

You can apply to any Apartments.com listing with an "Apply" option. 

When you submit an application, it's securely shared with the listing's property owner or manager. Apartments.com will let them know you've applied and they can review your application right away.

→ See an example application


What info do I need to apply?

You'll enter details about yourself, including: 

  • Your name and contact info, and preferred move in date.
  • Any co-applicants, minors, guarantors, or pets who will be living with you. 
  • Residence history, employment & income details, and references.
  • Identification info, and any vehicle information.

Tip: Have your SSN or ITIN on hand–you'll need this in order to verify your identity and run your TransUnion screening reports. Learn more here on how to verify your identity.

You'll then be asked to answer a few security questions from your credit file. For example, you may be asked about a city you lived in or where you've banked. Your information is secure and is only used to verify your identity in order to provide your TransUnion screening reports. It's never shared with the property owner, and it's not stored in Apartments.com. 

→ See an example credit report

→ See an example eviction report

→ See an example criminal report



FAQs

How do I check the status of my application? 

You can check the status of your application under the Find a Rental dashboard and selecting Applications. Here you’ll see all the applications you’ve started and submitted, and if your application has been accepted or not. Learn more

Can I apply to multiple rentals at the same time? 

Yes! You can apply to other participating Apartments.com listings at the same time. The $24.99 (plus tax) price lets you apply to up to ten places, so you can find the right rental home for you. 

How do I apply with others? 

When you apply, you’ll be asked if you’re applying with co-applicants, minors, or adding a guarantor to your application. You'll need to add your co-applicants and guarantor's emails when you apply, so be sure to have those handy. They'll then get an invite to apply with you through Apartments.com. Your info will all be grouped together, so the property owner can view your application together. 

Anyone living at the rental above the age of 18 is considered a co-applicant. Minors are considered anyone under the age of 18 who will live in the rental. A guarantor is a person who personally guarantees the financial obligations of the lease, but isn’t living at the rental.

Does submitting an application affect my credit score? 

Nope! A credit report through Apartments.com will not lower your credit score. This is because when you order your own credit report, this is considered a soft credit check. A soft credit inquiry has no affect on your credit score. 

What if my application isn't accepted? 

Your Apartments.com application is re-shareable, which means you can apply to up to ten participating rentals for no additional cost for up to 30 days. To continue applying for rentals, visit Apartments.com and look for listings that say “Apply Now."

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