Make Your Lease Application a Success

Real Estate Agent with The Real Estate Experts

There has been a boom in the leasing market here in the Houston and the surrounding areas. It is creating a shortage of lease properties and whatever is available is moving fairly fast, unless it's in gross condition (that is a whole other blog). With so much competition for lease properties there are some things you can do to improve your chances of having your application accepted.

  • Please fill out your application thoroughly!! Fill in every blank and section applicable to you. And write as neatly as possible so it's easy for the person reviewing it to read. The one part that I would leave blank when filling out the application initially is the address information. Make copies of the Lease App, keep the original, and then fill out the address blanks when you have found the property you want to lease. If you do not get accepted, then at least you don't have to refill another long application. Here in Texas it is four pages long and can be tedious to have to fill out over and over.
  • The second one seems like a no brainer but be honest, landlords and property managers are going to verify everything on your application, so do yourself a favor and don't get caught lying!
  • Make copies of your last month to two months of pay stubs and/ or W2s on hand.
  • Make copies of your driver license and social security card, and make sure they are legible.
  • Try to have all of these paperwork ready to go before you go look at property with your Realtor. Properties are moving quickly and you want to have everything together before you look so that when you want to apply you can submit the application promptly.
  • If you have credit issues (which many renters I come across do) it can help to have letters of recommendation from previous landlords or employers. Good rental history and stable employment can go a long way to help off set some credit issues.
Well I hope that this was helpful. If you need assistance leasing a property in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Fresno, or the surrounding areas it would be a pleasure for me to help you out!
Posted by

Andrea Lueth



Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

I can see clearly on how you are trying to help...very good succinct pointers on how to succeed here...

Jan 19, 2012 03:20 AM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Andrea, a subject that we may not deal with often, but critical that we give good advice when asked. Thanks

Jan 19, 2012 03:22 AM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Andrea, these are great tips.  Potential tenants are sometimes frustrated by the process of applyling for and leasing housing in Texas.

Jan 19, 2012 03:31 AM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Hi Andrea and welcome to the Rain.  Jerry Newman sent me your way. You will find many new friends, information and fun here in the Rain.  If I can ever assist you with anything just let me know.  That's what we do in the Rain... help each other.

Jan 19, 2012 03:42 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Excellent tips for renters, and you're right, rentals do go quickly so being prepared is key!   Thanks for sharing!

Jan 19, 2012 03:57 AM
Andrea Lueth
The Real Estate Experts - Sugar Land, TX
REALTOR - Sugar Land Texas Homes for Sale

Thanks everyone!! I appreciate the feedback!!

Jan 19, 2012 04:09 AM
Ron Cooks
The Real Estate Marketplace - Killeen, TX
Texas Real Estate, Ft Hood/Killeen Homes for Sale

Great advice Andrea! The things you mentioned will certainly assist a lot of families.

Jan 20, 2012 12:40 PM