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What Is a Rental Application Form?

In the U.S. and Canada, potential tenants are often required to submit a rental application form to the landlord or property management company when they wish to rent a unit. The form basically provides the owner with all the information they need to determine whether a candidate can reliably pay the rent.

As well as being able to fulfill financial obligations, the application process is also used to filter out candidates that don’t match other criteria. This can include pet owners in a pet-free apartment or smokers in a non-smoking home, for example.