Rental Requirements

RENTAL QUALIFYING CRITERIA:

Thank you for applying with House to Home Real Estate. We are committed to complying with all applicable laws, including Fair Housing laws, and prohibit discrimination based on color, race, religion, gender, marital status, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, sexual orientation, age or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws.

1. APPLICATION- An application must be completed and signed by each individual over 18 years of age applying for residency. Omissions and false information may be grounds for application denial. A non-refundable application fee of $49 per person is required for processing and reviewing applications. All application fees must be paid before an application is processed for approval.

2. IDENTIFICATION – A copy of your driver’s license, state picture I. D., Visa or Passport will be required. If you are not a US Citizen you must provide 2 forms of photo identification.

3. RENTAL HISTORY – Current and previous rental history must be verifiable. Any unpaid rental collections, evictions, property damage beyond normal wear and tear, illegal activity on premises or refusal to re-rent by previous landlords shall be grounds for denial. Relatives are not acceptable forms as rental references.

4. INCOME REQUIREMENT – Applicants may be denied if income does not exceed 3 times the amount of the monthly rent. Unemployment compensation will not be considered income. If applicant is self-employed, applicant must submit 1099 or last 12 months bank statements. Employment history must be verifiable for minimum of 2 years w/ current employment or 4 years total.

5. CREDIT – A credit check will be performed and used for approval. Credit history requirements can be waived if Applicant has acceptable rental history from House to Home Real Estate. Applications may be rejected for unpaid collections or judgments without proof of an approved payment plan or more than 2 trade accounts 30 days late at time of application.

6. CRIMINAL HISTORY – A criminal background check will be performed and used for approval for any applicants/occupants over 17 years of age. The following offenses are cause for automatic rejection: arson or destruction of property, indecency with a child, lewd behavior, murder, rape, organized crime, sale/manufacture of drugs, stalking, kidnapping, burglary, manslaughter, molestation, prostitution, robbery, sex crimes, and terrorism. This list of possible causes for rejection is not considered all-inclusive and any other offense or charge may be cause for rejection.

7. TRUTH AND ACCURACY – All applications are run and based on information provided. If for any reason it is deemed that applicant(s) have provided inaccurate or incomplete information, House to Home reserves the right to deny the application in whole.

8. AGENCY DISCLOSURE – House to Home agents are acting as agents for the landlord and do not represent prospective tenants. Although House to Home agents show “for lease” properties to prospective tenants, they are not acting as tenant representatives.

Residential qualifying criteria are subject to change at the Owner’s discretion and without notice.

INFORMATION ABOUT BROKERAGE SERVICES:

Before working with a real estate broker, you should know that the duties of a broker depend on whom the broker represents. If you are a prospective seller or landlord (owner) or a prospective buyer or tenant (buyer), you should know that the broker who lists the property for sale or lease is the owner’s agent. A broker who acts as a sub-agent represents the owner in cooperation with the listing broker. A broker who acts as a buyer’s agent represents the buyer. A broker may act as an intermediary between the parties if the parties consent in writing. A broker can assist you in locating a property, preparing a contract or lease, or obtaining financing without representing you. A broker is obligated by law to treat you honestly.

IF THE BROKER REPRESENTS THE OWNER:

The broker becomes the owner’s agent by entering into an agreement with the owner, usually through a written – listing agreement, or by agreeing to act as a sub-agent by accepting an offer of sub-agency from the listing broker. A sub-agent may work in a different real estate office. A listing broker or sub-agent can assist the buyer but does not represent the buyer and must place the interests of the owner first. The buyer should not tell the owner’s agent anything the buyer would not want the owner to know because an owner’s agent must disclose to the owner any material information known to the agent.

IF THE BROKER REPRESENTS THE BUYER:

The broker becomes the buyer’s agent by entering into an agreement to represent the buyer, usually through a written buyer representation agreement. A buyer’s agent can assist the owner but does not represent the owner and must place the interests of the buyer first. The owner should not tell a buyer’s agent anything the owner would not want the buyer to know because a buyer’s agent must disclose to the buyer any material information known to the agent.

IF THE BROKER ACTS AS AN INTERMEDIARY:

A broker may act as an intermediary between the parties if the broker complies with The Texas Real Estate License

Act. The broker must obtain the written consent of each party to the transaction to act as an intermediary. The written consent must state who will pay the broker and, in conspicuous bold or underlined print, set forth the broker’s obligations as an intermediary. The broker is required to treat each party honestly and fairly and to comply with The Texas Real Estate License Act. A broker who acts as an intermediary in a transaction:

(1) shall treat all parties honestly;

(2) may not disclose that the owner will accept a price less than the asking price unless authorized in writing to do so by the owner;

(3) may not disclose that the buyer will pay a price greater than the price submitted in a written offer unless authorized in writing to do so by the buyer; and

(4) may not disclose any confidential information or any information that a party specifically instructs the broker in writing not to disclose unless authorized in writing to disclose the information or required to do so by The Texas Real Estate License Act or a court order or if the information materially relates to the condition of the property.

With the parties’ consent, a broker acting as an intermediary between the parties may appoint a person who is licensed under The Texas Real Estate License Act and associated with the broker to communicate with and carry out instructions of one party and another person who is licensed under that Act and associated with the broker to communicate with and carry out instructions of the other party.

If you choose to have a broker represent you, you should enter into a written agreement with the broker that clearly establishes the broker’s obligations and your obligations. The agreement should state how and by whom the broker will be paid. You have the right to choose the type of representation, if any, you wish to receive. Your payment of a fee to a broker does not necessarily establish that the broker represents you. If you have any questions regarding the duties and responsibilities of the broker, you should resolve those questions before proceeding.

Things to consider when renting with HOUSE TO HOME, REAL ESTATE

1. House to Home will process applications upon receipt.

A Completed Application Package is:
-A completed printed application
-Application fee paid at time of application. $49 for each applicant/occupant over the age of 18.

2. Fill out all of the questions on the application. Do not leave any blanks.

3. Make sure you have listed correct daytime phone numbers for both yourself and your landlords (current and previous) and your employer.

4. All Application fees are non-refundable. Make sure you provide your application fee with application.

5. Provide a copy of Photo I.D. and most recent two pay stubs or other income verification during the application process.

8. No aggressive breeds of dogs allowed.

House to Home, Real Estate: Occupancy Standard Policy
It is the policy House to Home to limit the occupancy of any residential rental property to two persons using (a) bed(s) plus one child using a crib per area of a dwelling intended as sleeping quarters. Sleeping quarters does not include a kitchen, dining area, bathroom, living room area, utility room, closet, storage area, or garage.

If a residence has a den, office, or the like that can be used as auxiliary sleeping quarters, then the occupancy limit may be increased by one person per such auxiliary sleeping area.