Reading Between the Lines – Part 1

  1. Rental Applications 101

    A rental application is an opportunity to start collecting detailed information about a prospective tenant. The application will provide information about the applicant’s qualifications and character and will help inform your final decision. Learn how to use the application as a valuable tool to ask the right questions, to mitigate legal risks, and to protect against discrimination lawsuits.

  2. How to Read a Rental Application

    A rental application includes a tremendous amount of information that can be used to vet a prospective tenant. Each section of the application provides potentially sensitive information about an applicant’s history. What are the key indicators to look for to identify the best applicant? Learn how to read and interpret an application to decipher keys that set applicants apart.

  3. Identifying Red Flags

    Tenant fraud is always a concern and has been increasing at a phenomenal rate. Being educated about scams and how to prevent them can tilt the odds greatly in your favor. Learn how to identify potential red flags that may signal fraud and alert you to shortfalls in an applicant’s personal profile.

  4. 5 Common Problems with Rental ApplicationsWhen it comes to leasing, experience is the best teacher. Don’t blindly trust a lease application to protect you. Learn about the top 5 problems seen most often on lease applications and how to avoid the pitfalls that can maximize your chances of landing a great tenant.

Protecting Yourself & Your Clients - Part 2

  1. Online vs Paper Rental Applications

    Time has become a precious commodity in our lives and workplaces. With the advent of technology, we now have a choice to get rental applications done digitally online or to have applicants complete rental applications by hand. Decide whether to use a completely digital, online, one-stop process based on ease of use, legibility, completeness, speed and tenant screening accessibility.

  2. Denying Applicants

    Denying applicants is an unavoidable part of the application process and there are many questions about the best way to do it. Under what circumstances can applicants be denied? What parameters must be followed to make it a fair and equitable process for all? What legally compliant documentation must be provided to each applicant who is denied? Learn the answer to these questions and more.

  3. Fair Housing Act Overview

    The Fair Housing Act provides comprehensive federal legal protection for applicants and tenants to ensure they receive fair consideration and equal consideration under the law. This means that, even if unintentional, rental policies may not have a disparate impact on individuals of a particular race, national origin, or other federally protected classes. Learn who is protected by the Fair Housing Act, common FHA violations and civil penalties, exemptions and how to protect your business and the housing rights of your tenants.

  4. The C.A.R. Rental Application

    One of the benefits that C.A.R. members enjoy is the legal protection and resources that the organization offers. One key beenfit is the C.A.R. rental application. C.A.R. conducts regular legal reviews of all the forms it offers to ensure that they provide members with maximum protection. RentSpree, in conjunction with the California Association of REALTORS®, offers C.A.R. members access to an online fillable C.A.R. rental application as part of your membership. RentSpree’s integration of the C.A.R. rental application gives you a clean, readable, and legally secure rental application to use for screening. Learn how the process works and what makes the California Association of REALTORS® rental application so special.

How to collect Rental Applications using RentSpree

  1. Invite applicants to apply 

    Share a special LeaseLink™ with renters so they can apply. RentSpree will then walk applicants through the entire application process.

  2. Applicants authorize 

    Applicants enter all required information and authorize their screening reports to be pulled and instantly shared with you.

  3. View and Print 

    You will receive an email notification for each applicant who applies. Access all reports in seconds to view, save, or print.