RESIDENT SCREENING/OCCUPANCY STANDARDS
Below are the standard resident screening and occupancy standards which must be enforced on a uniform basis with all applications for residency.
1. Housing Application
All prospective residents must complete a rental application, pay a $40.00 non-refundable application fee and provide a separate re-fundable check or money order in the full amount of a pre-lease deposit before an application will be processed. The standard pre-lease deposit is $300, due at the time of approval, unless otherwise specified/determined between management/tenant.
NOTE: Each applicant 18 years and over is required to fill out a separate application and pay the required application fee.
2. Minimum Income
Gross Household monthly income must equal to or greater than 2.5 times the monthly apartment rent, or provide sufficient third-party guarantee to ensure the applicant’s ability to pay the monthly rent. However, an applicant may overcome this by demonstrating a history of successful rent payment with an income less than three times the monthly rent. Any co-signer must also meet the residency screening and occupancy standards.
A credit report will be run for every applicant. Applicants with a credit score less than 625 may be approved with additional conditions such as pre-payment of rent or an additional security deposit. An inadequate credit score, by itself, will not form the basis for a denial but information within the credit report may be used to determine an applicant’s failure to pay rent or utilities.
Insufficient credit history will not form the basis for denial, unless the applicant in bad faith withholds credit history information that might otherwise form a basis for denial.
4. Rental Housing History
Applicants are required to submit rental history on the application. We strongly prefer at least two years of recent positive rental history. We may, at our sole discretion, contact applicant's landlord references, or otherwise obtain professional landlord references for applicant. However, insufficient rental history will not form a basis for denial unless the applicant, in bad faith, withholds rental history information that might otherwise form a basis for denial. Roommates and relatives are excluded as references. Any co-signer must also meet the residency screening and occupancy standards.
5. Criminal History
Any criminal history, NOT included in one of the exceptions below, will be a basis for denial of a rental application. A petty misdemeanor offense is not considered a crime, and will not be grounds for denial. Prior to denying any applicant on the basis of criminal history, we will consider supplemental evidence provided by the applicant, if provided at the time of application submittal.
Criminal Criteria Exceptions:
a. Any arrest in an inactive case that did not result in conviction;
b. Participation in or completion of a diversion or a deferral of judgment program, including stays of adjudication and continuances for dismissal or without prosecution;
c. Any conviction that has been vacated or expunged, or for which the applicant has received a stay of imposition of sentencing and complied with the terms of the stay;
d. Any conviction for a crime that is no longer illegal in the state of Minnesota;
e. Any conviction or any other determination or adjudication in the juvenile justice system;
f. Any conviction for misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor offenses for which the dates of sentencing are older than three (3) years;
g. Any criminal conviction for felony offenses for which the dates of sentencing are older than seven years; however, an applicant may be denied who has been convicted of the illegal manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802) or for those same offenses that mandate denial of tenancy in federally assisted housing subject to federal regulations, including but not limited to when any member of the household is subject to a lifetime sex offender registration requirement under a state sex offender registration program; or
h. Any criminal conviction for the following felony offenses for which the sentencing dates are older than ten years; first-degree assault (Minnesota Statutes section 609.221), first-degree arson (Minnesota Statutes section 609.561), aggravated robbery (Minnesota Statutes section 609.245), first-degree murder (Minnesota Statutes section 609.185), second-degree murder (Minnesota Statues section 609.19), third-degree murder (Minnesota Statutes 609.195), first-degree manslaughter (Minnesota Statutes 609.20, sub. 1, 2 and 5), kidnapping (Minnesota Statutes 609.25, sub. 2(2)), or first-degree criminal sexual conduct (Minnesota Statutes 609.342, subd. 1(b) and (g)).
If the property is located in St. Paul, Minnesota, the following criminal criteria exceptions also apply:
i. Any misdemeanor, gross misdemeanor or felony conviction stemming from the following traffic offenses: reckless driving, driving without a license, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and DUI that did not result in additional charges for injury to a person.
An applicant’s eviction history will be reviewed and considered as follows:
a. An eviction will not be construed against the applicant if the eviction action was dismissed or resulted in a judgment for the applicant before the applicant submits this application.
b. An eviction will not be construed against the applicant if the eviction action was settled with no judgment against the applicant.
c. An eviction will not be construed against the applicant if the eviction resulted in a judgment against the applicant that was entered more than three years before this application.
7. Other Reasons for Rejection
a. False/incorrect information.
b. Attitude; an applicant that is rude or argumentative may have their application rejected.
We will notify the applicant in writing 14 days of rejecting a rental application and identify the specific criteria the applicant failed to meet.
9. Occupancy Limits
Maximum of 2 persons per bedroom is allowed.
10. Fair Housing Statement
We are a fair housing provider. We do not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, creed, marital status, ancestry or sexual orientation.
Screening Company: RHR Rental History Reports 888-389-4023 www.rentalhistoryreports.com