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Application Process and Tenancy Criteria


Thank you for your interest in becoming a Tenant in one of our managed properties. Please review the following information to help you understand our Application Process and Tenancy Criteria.

Application Process

  1. Our Leasing Agents show properties, by appointment, 7 days a week between the hours of 9am and 5pm.
  2. Our application form is available online. We do not accept portable screening reports.
  3. In addition to your application we will need to receive proof of ID and proof of income, which is typically current paystubs showing a minimum of  the last 30 days income.
  4. Applications are processed in the order received. An application is considered received when all parties in the Tenancy have:
    • Fully completed, signed and paid for the Application.
    • Provided/Uploaded acceptable Proof of Income.
    • Provided/Uploaded acceptable Proof of ID.
    • Provided/Uploaded acceptable documentation for any other circumstance that will need to be verified (criminal, short sale, discharged bankruptcy etc)
    • Where Pets are accepted we require a recent photograph of the pet and a description including breed, age, weight, sex, neutered status, and details on formal training. If approved there will also be an additional application/processing fee of $50 payable to Brink prior to move in. Additional Pet Security Deposits and Administration Fees may also apply and will be included in your rental/lease agreement.
  5. We use a 3rd party vendor to complete our screening reports and make recommendations on all applications.
  6. When the screening report is completed, if your application can only be approved with conditions, these conditions must be met within 24 hours in order to maintain first position for the property. After 24 hours we will start processing other applications. Thereafter, once you meet the conditions, your application will join processing behind any application currently being processed.
  7. If your application is approved, one of our property managers will contact you in order to confirm your desired move in date and discuss lease terms. The property manager will then prepare a lease agreement for you to review and sign. If we do not hear back from you within 24 hours, then we will have to start processing other applications. Thereafter, once we do hear back from, your application will join processing behind any application currently being processed.
  8. The lease agreement must be signed and returned, together with the first month’s rent, within 24 hours (48 hours in the City of Seattle) in order to retain first position for the property. If the lease and deposit are not returned within 24 hours, then we will continue to process other applications on the property. Thereafter, once you return the lease and first month’s rent, your lease will be accepted subject to any application currently being processed.
  9. All move in funds (rent, deposits and/or fees) must be paid by money order or cashier’s check. Cash and Personal checks will not be accepted under any conditions. Personal checks will be accepted starting with the second rental payment.
  10. All rental payments are due on or before the first business day of each month and are late if not received by the 3rd day of each month. This means they must be received by the due date. As BRINK’s late fee is ten percent (10%) per month, it is important that your payment is received by the close of business on the due date. There are no exceptions to this policy.
  11. In order to protect their personal belongings, BRINK encourages all tenants to carry Personal Property & Liability Insurance.
  12. Possession and move in inspections are scheduled during normal business hours (Inspection must be completed Monday -Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Should you require your manager to arrange move in after hours there will be an additional charge of $50 per hour, with a two hour minimum. This charge must be paid in advance with other move in funds. Please make advanced arrangement with your Property Manager.

Tenancy Criteria

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS

  1. Positive picture I.D. is required.
  2. All applicants must have a Social Security Number to apply. Applicants without Social Security numbers must show other proof of ID such as an ITIN#, work/student visa, passport etc. & will require added security or a cosigner
  3. Application must be completely filled out and signed by all parties.
  4. All applicants must qualify as leaseholders. Some exceptions may be made for select properties or for adult dependents.

RENTAL CRITERIA

  1. Twelve months of verifiable residence history from a third party landlord required. Rental reference must be from within the past two years to be considered recent.
  2. With good credit, rental history demonstrating residency, but not by a third party or not for sufficient term, will require an additional Security Deposit equal to half months rent, or a co-signer.
  3. Home ownership will be verified through the tax assessor’s office or credit report.
  4. Three or Four late payments or NSF checks for rent or mortgage within a twelve month period will require an additional Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent.
  5. Two late payments or NSF checks for rent or mortgage within a Twelve month period will require an additional Security Deposit equal to one half month’s rent.
  6. Any unlawful detainer action or eviction within the past three years results in denial, unless perfect credit and current good rental references can be obtained, in which case one month’s additional Security Deposit will be required.
  7. Any unlawful detainer action or eviction that is between 3-7 years old may be considered after the balance has been paid in full and will require one month’s additional security deposit.
  8. Rental history showing between $50.00 and $750.00 in damage will require an additional Security deposit equal to one month’s rent, if the amount has been paid in full.
  9. Rental history with complaints (disturbance or other) will be denied if the previous manager would not re-rent or if there are more than three complaints.
  10. Added Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent is required for any instance of unauthorized persons or pets in a unit rented by the applicant.
  11. First time renters, with no established credit, will require additional Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent or a co-signer.
  12. First time renters, with established credit, will require additional Security Deposit equal to one half month’s rent or a co-signer.
  13. Any outstanding balance owed for any utility or housing related expense over $100 will lead to an automatic denial. Utility collections that have been paid will require a one half month added security deposit.

INCOME REQUIREMENTS

  1. Monthly household income must be equal to or greater than three times the monthly rent. In most cases Roommates are qualified together. However, we will only allow the combining of the top three (3) separate incomes to qualify for the income requirement.
  2. Monthly household income of two and one half times the rent or better, but less than three times the monthly rent, can be approved with an additional Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent or co-signer, if total debt does not exceed 66% of income. Monthly household income of less than two and one half times rent cannot be approved.
  3. A current paycheck stub, showing a minimum of the last 30 days, will be required if we are unable to verify income over the phone or fax.
  4. Some form of verifiable income will be required for unemployed applicants. If unemployment benefits will not cover the full lease term, an extra security deposit equal to 1 month’s rent will be required.
  5. Self-employed applicants will require proof of income by tax returns and bank statements.
  6. Select properties will accept household income that equals 2.5 times the amount of monthly rent.

 

Tenancy Criteria continued

EMPLOYMENT REQUIREMENTS

  1. Verifiable employment is required.
  2. Added Security Deposit of one month’s rent will be required when employment does not meet the stated criteria.
  3. Self-employed individuals must be verified through tax returns and bank statements.
  4. Prepayment of last month’s rent is needed for temporary or seasonal employees.
  5. Military income may require an allotment.
  6. Must have been previously employed in the same industry for at least the past 6 months at current or previous employment, if not added Security Deposit of one month’s rent or a co-signer will be required.

CREDIT CRITERIA

  1. Good credit required.
  2. Outstanding bad debts being reported on credit report which total more than $100.00 but less than $1,000.00 will require an additional half month’s rent Security Deposit.
  3. Outstanding bad debts being reported on credit report totaling more than $1,000.00 but less than $2500.00 will require added Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent.
  4. Outstanding bad debts being reported on credit report totaling more than $2,500.00 will result in denial, unless the poor accounts are more than three years old and positive credit has been established since then. In this case, an additional Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent will be required.
  5. Excessive unpaid collections (6 or more) will result in denial.
  6. After a discharged bankruptcy, applicant must show at least six months of positive established credit. Any negative credit after a discharged bankruptcy will result in denial. Rental history will be considered for established credit. Added Security Deposit equal to one month’s rent will be required.
  7. After a discharged bankruptcy, an applicant showing at least three years of perfect established credit may be approved without additional security. Rental history will be considered for established credit.
  8. Applicants with less than 6 months worth of established good credit will require an additional security deposit equal to a half months rent.

CRIMINAL CRITERIA

History of criminal behavior that may negatively affect tenancy – drugs, sex offense, theft, robbery, assault, active warrants, etc…Determinations as to criminal screening will be made on a case by case basis, after analysis,  and will be based on several factors and information. There will be no automatic denials on arrest or criminal convictions.

Certain criminal records which have taken place within the last seven years are a consideration for denial.

Deniable charges include but are not limited to:

  1. Murder (1st and 2nd degree) ,Kidnapping (All counts) , Manslaughter (1st degree),  Theft (1st & 2nd degree), Assault 1st, 2nd & 3rd degree),  Burglary (1st, 2nd degree & vehicle prowling 1st degree),  Robbery (1st & 2nd degree) , Malicious Mischief (1st degree) , Rape (All counts),  Arson (1st, 2nd degree & Reckless Burning 1st degree),  Child molestation (All counts),  Delivery or Sale (All counts),  Rape of a child (All counts) , Possession with intent to Deliver (All counts),  and multiple misdemeanor and/or felony offenses could also be under consideration.
  2. Reasonable likelihood that a past history of abuse of alcohol interfering with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
  3. Reasonable likelihood that a past history of use of illegal drugs (or unauthorized use of legal drugs) interfering with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
  4. History of criminal activity on the part of any proposed occupant could negatively impact your application.
  5. Status as a registered sex offender.
  6. Any criminal history of a violent or physical nature that may interfere with the peace, enjoyment and well being of the property or community will be denied.
  7. Reasonable likelihood that a past history of applicant or those acting under his or her control will interfere with the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment by other members of the community.
  8. Reasonable likelihood that a past history of applicant or those acting under his or her control will cause damage or destruction to the dwelling unit or surrounding property.
  9. Reasonable likelihood based on income and credit that the applicant will not be able to timely satisfy the financial obligations of tenancy.
  10. Reasonable likelihood based on rental and personal history that the applicant may cause damage to the property, or become a nuisance to neighbors or the community.

CO-SIGNER REQUIREMENTS

  1. Co-signers must be In State, have good credit and must earn five times the monthly rent.
  2. In the event that a co-signer is required, there will be a $100.00 administrative fee required.

AUTOMATIC DENIALS

  1. Any collection or judgment filed by a property management company or landlord within the last three years for over $300.00 will result in denial. If longer than three years and paid, will result in one month’s added Security Deposit.
  2. Rental history reflecting more than $750.00 damage will result in denial.
  3. Any current 3-day notice or unlawful detainer action or eviction will result in denial.
  4. Any unpaid utility or housing related expense over $100 will result in denial.
  5. More than four late payments or NSF checks for rent or mortgage within a 12 month period will result in denial.
  6. If unemployed and unable to verify sufficient income to pay rent, applicant will be denied.
  7. False information or a gross distortion of the truth will result in denial.
  8. Any applicant with a bankruptcy not showing as discharged is denied until shown otherwise.
  9. History of criminal activity by any occupant, adult, or minor, which woud negatively affect tenancy,may result in denial
  10. An employment reference, in which the employer indicates that the employment will end and/or the income level will drop below 2.5 times the rent, will result in denial.
  11. Any undisclosed previous rental address will result in denial.
  12. An incomplete application will result in denial
  13. Lack of response from the applicant for additional information after the 2nd business day will result in denial.
  14. Summary Review: Each area of the applicant report (Credit, Criminal, Eviction, Rental History, and Employment) will be reviewed for adverse information. If THREE or more areas are found to have Adverse items in a report, applicant can be denied.

SUMMARY REVIEW Each area of the applicant report ( Credit, Criminal, Eviction, Rental History and Employment) will be reviewed for adverse information.  If THREE or more areas are found to have Adverse items in a report, applicant can be denied.

GOOD CREDIT Good credit means that all accounts are in good standing and paid as agreed and that total debt to income, including rent, does not exceed 66%.

FORECLOSURE/SHORT SALE Due to the housing bust of 2009/2010 an exception may be considered in the case of a home foreclosure or a short sale with documents showing that the property has been sold/short sale and Applicant has been released by the bank/mortgage co. If applicant has a Short Sale/Foreclosure and can show the release, and has perfect credit (other than mortgage payments) and can show at least 2yrs established good rental history, then applicant will be approved. If applicant has the above without at least 2yrs rental history, approval will require added security or co-signer.

Last month’s rent will be required in lieu of an added security deposit for all properties located in the City of Seattle.