Washington Rental Services is committed to providing the best possible living environment for our tenants,
while protecting and maintaining the property of the owners.
We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act
and the Seattle Unfair Housing Practices Ordinance.

Fair Housing is everyones right!


For information concerning any Washington Rental Services home or apartment, email:

washingtonrentals@msn.com



Criteria and Checklist for Tenancy

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Washington Rental Services, is committed to providing a safe,
pleasant, and comfortable environment for all of our tenants, while
protecting the property investment of the owners. For this reason, we
are providing you with a list of our criteria for tenancy.
Fair housing is everyone's right.


Rental Criteria and Application Disclosure



The following information will be accessed as part of the screening of an application for tenancy:

• All information on Application for Tenancy
• Your rental history via any identifiable prior Landlords
• Credit reports via a third-party Consumer Reporting Agency
• Public records regarding sex offender status
• Personal references, including contact with current and/or past work supervisors
• Verification of employment and/or income (or rental subsidy) amounts
• Public records regarding civil court records
• Any other information provided by the applicant (such as anticipated length of tenancy, tenancy commencement date, etc.)
• Any offers or proposals you may choose to make to us (additional rent, extend lease term, etc.)
• Your credit screening will be completed by L.P.S., Inc., tenant screening services.
In the event of a denial of tenancy or other adverse action,
you have the right to dispute the accuracy in the consumer report and to request a free copy from:

TransUnion Consumer Relations
2 Baldwin Place
PO box 1000
Chester, PA 19022
Phone 1.800.888.4213


• Any other information you provide

General Instructions:


All appointments for touring a property must be made by phone - with no exceptions. WRS will not schedule a tour without speaking with potential applicant. This is for the safety and security of our employees.
• On time for showing appointment. Or Called PRIOR to appointment start time if running late.
• No indication of likely personal clash, such as history of altercations with previous landlords, inappropriate behavior during showings/meetings, etc.
• Each applicant over 18 must fill out application completely and truthfully, providing all requested supplements (photo identification, application fee, authorizing credit and eviction reports, etc.)
• Incomplete or materially false information grounds for automatic denial.
• Identity verification. Positive government issued picture ID and valid Social Security Number are required for all adult occupants (including emancipated minors).
• Demonstration of ability to pay complete deposit and prepaid rent requirements prior to occupancy (inability to pay the rent results in denial of the application, see income/credit requirements).
• Applications will not be reviewed until received in full. Groups of more than one applicant will not be considered until the applications from all members of the group are received.
Applicants are encouraged to provide both email and phone numbers for all references. If references do not respond to requests for information within 2 business days (48 hours) of being contacted, that may result in denial of the applications due to unavailability of verifiable employment and/or favorable rental history.
Note: application fees must be received, and authorization to view associated reports must be granted to the landlord, before the application can be processed. The applications are not considered complete and will not be reviewed before this point.
• Landlord does not accept “comprehensive reusable tenant screening reports”.

Employment/income Requirements:

• Sufficient Income. Monthly income should be at least 3 times tenants portion of the rent (if single occupancy). If rental unit is shared, the monthly income should be 3 times their shared portion of the rent. You may include alternative sources of income as defined in SMC 14.08. Except in the cases of rental housing subsidies falling within SMC 14.08.040 (F), income that does not meet this threshold results in denial of the application.
• Proof of adequate income to verify ability to pay rent on time throughout the lease term.

Select one or more of the following:

☐ Verification of employment and salary wages. If your company uses a third- party verification service, then your will need to provide an alternative form of verification (see below).
☐ Recent paystubs from verifiable employer that include year-to-date information.
☐ Tax return copies for self-employed applicants for previous year and documentation that business continues into current year.
☐ Proof of regular investment earnings, social security or other form of governmental rental supplement.
☐ Any additional sources of income that applicant wishes to disclose (i.e. child or spousal support, trust income, financial reserves, etc.). Please provide verification.
☐ Any rental subsidies which you wish us to consider. Please provide verification.

Note: Exceptions to minimum income requirements are applicable for Section 8/subsidized applicants as provided in SMC 14.08.040(F)
• Able to verify same source of income or employment for a minimum of 12 months within past 3 years.
Note: Exceptions for full-time students whose income is based on student loans, scholarships, grants, part time income, work study, and/or parental financial assistance, with the acceptance of a qualified co-signer who can meet the above income criteria.

Credit Requirements:

• Favorable credit history (minimum credit score of 660 for all applicants) free of negative credit issues which may indicate that the applicant has a pattern of failure to timely pay financial obligations. Any credit records shown on a credit report as delinquent, charged off, or unpaid may be grounds for denial of tenancy. Any open bankruptcy cases are grounds for denial of tenancy.
Note: Exceptions for full-time students who may or may not have had the opportunity to develop a credit history with the acceptance of a qualified co-signer who meets the above credit criteria.

Rental History Requirements:

• For applications with verifiable rental history, favorable reference must be received from minimum of last two landlords (or three years’ worth of tenancy – whichever is longer). This includes timely rent payment, no damage in excess of normal wear and tear, no documented rules violations, timely issuance of notices of intent to vacate and compliance therewith. Any negative history from a prior landlord is grounds for denial of tenancy.
• Prior evictions grounds for automatic denial.
• Gave proper notice to previous and most recent landlord.
• No notices from previous landlord, no deposit withheld because of property upkeep/damage.
• For applicants without prior rental history or is a full-time student a qualified co-signer is required who meets the above rental history requirements or is a verified home owner.
• Two or more tenancies of less than 12-month duration within the past 3 years may be grounds for denial of tenancy.
• If your former landlord(s) do not respond to requests for information within 48 hours of being contacted, that will result in denial of the application due to unavailability of verifiable favorable rental history.

Pet Requirements (WHERE PETS ARE ALLOWED)

• Owns pet and is able to provide proof of license, tags, shots, neutering/spaying, verified age of pet, references, etc.
• Landlord or agent must personally interview all dogs and any other pets at Landlord’s discretion prior to acceptance.
• All cats must be indoors only. No indoor/outdoor cats in any rental.
• No kittens, puppies, or other animals which are new to owners (under 1 year). Exception may be made for existing tenants in good standing with proven track record of caring for the property.
• Service animals are not considered pets. Applicant must provide a letter from a licensed medical professional with the ability to prescribe or a prescription from a medical professional (examples would be an MD or a PA) with verification that the animal is required to accommodate a specific need for the applicant or assist in the accommodation of the disability. There is no requirement of the applicant to disclose private medical information as a requirement for tenancy.
• Two pet limit.

Additional Grounds for Denial of Applications
(based upon references and court history where allowed):


• This is a non-smoking property. For the benefit of all of our tenants, smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, marijuana, incense or any other similar substance that produces flame or smoke is not allowed on the premises. If a rule similar to this rule was broken by the applicant during a previous tenancy, this will be reason for denial of tenancy. If applicant is part of a group this will include denial for the entire group unless that individual is removed from the application.
• Reasonable likelihood that a past history or abuse of alcohol may or will interfere with the health, safety, or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
• Reasonable likelihood that a past history of use of illegal drugs (or unauthorized use of legal drugs) may or will interfere with the health, safety, or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
• Reasonable likelihood that a past history of activity on the part of any proposed occupant which presents a danger to persons or property or the peace and enjoyment of other residents or members of the community.
• Reasonable likelihood that a past history of applicant or those acting under their control will cause damage or destruction to the dwelling unity or surrounding property.
• Reasonable likelihood based upon income, rental, and credit that the applicant will not be able to timely satisfy the financial obligations of tenancy.
• Reasonable likelihood based upon rental personal history that the applicant may cause damage to the property or become a nuisance to neighbors of the community.
• Due to unavailability of the Property. Even very well qualified applicants may be denied if another application for the property has already been approved. Please note that, while equivalent applications are processed in the order received, such other factors as the requested date of the commencement of tenancy, or an application offering a higher rent amount may result in priority of another application.
• Preference will be given to applicants whose desired move-in/lease signing date most closely matches first available date of unit. A preferred move-in date more that two (2) weeks after first available date is grounds for denial of tenancy.
Note: Applications are re-reviewed in the order which complete applications and the application fee are received. After preliminary screening, applications that appear to meet our Rental Criteria will be moved forward for screening based upon the order received, excluding those applications which do not meet those Rental Criteria.
• In case of multiple applicants intending to share the property together, disapproval of one applicant terminates the application unless the non-disapproved applicant(s) elect to resubmit their application without the disapproved applicant.
Reminder: if applying as part of a group of residents planning to live together, the application is not complete until all proposed residents’ applications have been received and the processing fee paid as detailed above.
Note: If the group applying is made up of students, each/all applicants will need an approved co-signer. Failure of any applicant to have an approved co-signer will terminate the application unless the non-disapproved applicant(s) elect to resubmit their application without the disapproved non-co-signer applicant.

To apply for Tenancy:

1. Interested parties must first have a tour of the interior and exterior of the building. Applications are not accepted unless all applicants have viewed the property. For applicants from out of the area, one member of the group of residents or another individual identified by the applicant must visit the property in person for a full tour of the interior and exterior before applications can be accepted.
2. Complete and return the paper portion of your application in person, by mail or via email as indicated by the employee of Washington Rental Services conducting your tour. Your application is not complete until you have paid the screening fees and included permission for the landlord to view your reports. If you have needed a co-signer, your application is not complete until the co-signers application has been received and the screening fees have been paid.
3. Each potential occupant over 18 (and emancipated minors) must complete a separate application. If applying as a group, your application will not be reviewed until all applications have been received.
4. If you require additional time or assistance to complete the applications due to limited English proficiency or require reasonable
accommodation, please contact our office to make arrangements. The date and time of your request for additional time received by us will be treated as the date and time of the submission of your application, so long as you have completed a tour of the apartment and building.
5. Include with your application proof of identity – i.e. a photograph of your government issued photo ID. An application without proof of identity is not complete.
6. Watch your email for any request for additional information. You must respond to any information requests within 72 hours.
7. If you are approved for tenancy, you must accept the offer in writing and pay a holding fee equal to the Security/Damage deposit within 48 hours of the time we notify you. On the day you take possession of the premises, this holding deposit will convert to the Security/Damage deposit. If you wish to accept tenancy, you must agree to the occupancy and rent commencement date set forth in the offer you receive. If you do not accept all terms of any offer of tenancy which is made and pay the holding fee within 48 hours, we will proceed to the next applicant (if any).

Selection Criteria

• Applications will be evaluated based upon the above criteria.
• Application will not be reviewed until received in full, with all requested information (see above).
• All applications will be processed in the order they were received. Groups of more than one applicant will not be considered until the applications from all members of the group are received.
• We cannot guarantee how quickly references including previous/current landlords, employers, etc., will get back with us. Applicant(s) is responsible for providing accurate, up-to-date contact information.

Please note:

• All tenants are required to have Renter’s Insurance. This is for the protection of the property they are leasing and for protection of their personal property.

Questions and additional information should be directed to:

Washington Rental Services
1.877.283.7272
WashingtonRentals@msn.com


This document is in compliance with the Washington State Landlord Laws and the City of Seattle Tenant Landlord Laws.




















































Washington Rental Services is committed to providing the best possible living environment for our tenants,
while protecting and maintaining the property of the owners.
We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act
and the Seattle Unfair Housing Practices Ordinance.

Fair Housing is everyone's right!


For information concerning any Washington Rental Services home or apartment, email:

washingtonrentals@msn.com