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Income

A household gross income of three times the monthly rent. 

Credit

A favorable credit history and no open bankruptcies.

Leasing history

No previous evictions or unpaid rent.

Criminal screening

No felony convictions within the last six years.

*some exceptions may apply

General guidelines

Occupancy Guidelines

The occupancy standard per home is two (2) persons per bedroom, plus one (1) - subject to local laws. Residents who exceed these occupancy standards during the lease term will be required, upon the end of the current lease term, to either: i. transfer into another available home with more bedrooms; or ii. move out.

Application*

All individuals 18 years of age or older residing in the home are required to complete an application, undergo the screening process, and provide the necessary documentation, valid government-issued photo identification, and application fee. These requirements also apply to any changes to the leaseholders during the term of the lease. Dependents 18 years of age or older must undergo a criminal background check and provide the necessary documentation and application fee. The application fee is non-refundable.

All applications are reviewed following established screening criteria and using services of TransUnion, a third-party screening provider, for credit and criminal background checks. TransUnion Dispute Department is located at P.O. Box 2000, Chester, PA 19016 and can be reached by visiting www. transunion.com or calling 888-710-0270. All current and previous Residents of Invitation Homes applying for another home must notify the property management team to complete an evaluation of the rental payment history for the last 24 months, click here to contact your local office.

Finance & credit

Income

Applicants must have a minimum combined gross income of 3.0 times the monthly rent.

Credit Report*

A credit report will be obtained on all Applicants to verify credit ratings. Income plus verification of credit history will be entered into a credit screening model to determine rental eligibility and security deposit levels. There are three screening results: approval, approval with extra deposit, or denial. Unfavorable accounts which will negatively influence this score include, but are not limited to: inquiries, collections, foreclosures, charge-off, repossession, absence of credit, and current delinquency. Debt to a previous landlord, and open bankruptcies will result in an automatic denial of the application. Depending upon the screening result, an extra deposit of half to a full month’s rent may be required subject to local or state laws.

Leasing history

Criminal History*

A criminal background check will be conducted for each Applicant and Occupant eighteen (18) years of age or older. All criminal records are evaluated from the date of disposition, regardless of the Applicant’s or Occupant’s age at the time such offense was committed. The application will be denied for any felony conviction up to six (6) years prior to the application date (subject to local laws/requirements). The application will be denied for any felony conviction for any sex and/or terrorism related offense(s) regardless of conviction date. Please remember that this requirement does not constitute a guarantee or representation that Residents or Occupants currently residing in our homes have not been convicted of or subject to deferred adjudication for a felony or sex offense requiring registration under applicable law. There may be Residents or Occupants that have resided in one of our homes prior to this requirement going into effect. Additionally, our ability to verify this information is limited to the information made available to us by the resident background and credit reporting services used.

Rental History

Some credit scoring results will necessitate an evaluation of verifiable rental or mortgage payment history. Applications also depend on the results of a rental history investigation for an approval/ denial determination. Applications for residency will automatically be denied for current outstanding debt or eviction.

Guarantors 

Guarantors will be accepted for Applicants who do not meet the required rent-to-income ratio or credit denials. Only one (1) guarantor per home is permissible. The Guarantor must complete an application and pay the application fee. Guarantors must have a gross monthly income of four (4) times the monthly market rent and meet all other qualifying criteria identified in this screening policy. The Guarantor will be required to sign the lease as a Leaseholder. Guarantors may be relatives or an employer; friends may not serve as a Guarantor.

Animals & pets

Animals

No more than three (3) pets are allowed per home (subject to local laws and HOA Rules and Regulations). Pet fees and/or deposits will be charged for dogs and cats. Dog Bite Liability Insurance is required with evidence of coverage provided to Landlord.

• Dogs: The list of domestic dog breeds that are restricted includes: American Pit Bull Terriers, Rottweilers, Staffordshire Terriers, and any dog that has a percentage or mix of any of those breeds. Any canines other than domestic dogs (wolves, coyotes, dingoes, jackals, etc.) and any hybrids of them are not permitted.

• Cats: All breeds of domestic cats are permitted.

• Small animals: Gerbils, hamsters, and guinea pigs are permitted. Ferrets, rabbits, and chinchillas are not permitted.

• Birds: Domestic birds, such as cockatiels and parakeets, are permitted. Birds of prey and non-domestic birds, such as pigeons, are not permitted.

• Farm animals: Restricted unless written permission is received from Invitation Homes Management: chicken, goats, horses, and pigs (including pot-bellied pigs). Venomous animals: All types are restricted.

• Fish tanks: Limited to 20 gallons, and predator fish, such as piranhas, are restricted. • Other: The list of other restricted animals includes but is not limited to: skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and monkeys.

Service Animals

With proper documentation, service and assistance animals are exempt from any rent, fees, deposits, breed restrictions, and insurance requirements. The Applicant must fill out the Invitation Homes Reasonable Accommodation/Modification Request Form and Disability Verification Form and take the Disability Verification Form to his/her healthcare provider to verify the statements at the end of the form.

Home requirements

HVAC Air Filter Replacement and Delivery

Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning air filters are required to be replaced by residents every three months. Invitation Homes leases include our air filter delivery service every three months to assist residents with fulfilling their home maintenance resident responsibilities. This service is required as part of the lease at an additional monthly charge above the rental price.

Smart Home

A monthly Smart Home service subscription is required on leases of homes with Smart Home features and is an additional fee above the monthly rent. Smart Home features that help residents manage access to the home and regulate temperature remotely are installed and available in select homes.

Smoking

We do not allow smoking inside any of our homes.

Vehicles

Vehicles must be operational and have current registration. All vehicles must be in compliance with all state laws and municipal ordinances. Parking requirements of the municipality and HOA, if applicable, must be followed. Boats or trailers are not allowed at any time unless approved in writing by landlord.

Personal Liability

Renters Insurance Requirement A minimum of $100,000 of Personal Liability Insurance coverage is required with Landlord identified as a “Party of Interest” or “Interested Party” (or similar language as may be available) on the renter’s liability insurance policy. If you own or care for a pet, a minimum of $10,000 of Dog Bite Liability Insurance coverage is also required. Evidence of coverage must be provided to Landlord. It is encouraged that Residents obtain and maintain a renter’s insurance policy covering loss or damage of personal property. Please provide proof of coverage to Invitation Homes. Follow these steps to submit your proof of insurance correctly: 1. Create a PDF file of your insurance policy’s Declarations Page (typically, a single page) 2. Create an email message with “Invitation Homes” in the subject line, attach the PDF file, and send to [email protected].

Application requirements

Application Process

The application fee must be paid online via credit card or bank account before submitting your completed application.

The information you submit will be used to initiate the processing of your application, beginning with a credit and criminal background screening.

An Invitation Homes representative will contact you with your results and to provide details on the next steps.

We must verify the information you provided before issuing a full approval, so please be prepared to upload supporting documentation with your initial application.

While your application is valid for 30 days, the home will be placed back on the market if you are unable to comply with any requests for income or identity information.

Application Processs
Reservation Only Homes

Certain homes not yet available for showings can be reserved for up to five (5) days after the home’s availability date. To hold the home, please sign and submit a Holding Agreement and pay the non-refundable Holding Fee (depending upon market-specific requirements). Both are required within 48 hours of application approval notification. Home availability dates are subject to change.

Available Homes

To hold an available home until your Lease Start Date, sign and submit the Lease Agreement and pay the full deposit identified in the Lease Agreement. Both are required within 48 hours of application approval notification. You must also confirm move-in details with your leasing representative.

Move-In Date

Your requested move-in date is contingent upon management approval. Move-in must occur within 14 days of application or sooner, depending upon house availability and market-specific requirements.

City of Seattle: Qualification requirements

Age and Application

All individuals 18 years of age or older residing in the home are required to complete an application, undergo the screening process, and provide the necessary documentation and application fee. Dependents 18 years of age or older must still undergo the screening process and provide the necessary documentation and application fee. The Application fee is non-refundable.

Credit Report

A credit report will be obtained on all Applicants to verify credit ratings. Income plus verification of credit history will be entered into a screening model to determine rental eligibility and security deposit levels. There are three screening results: approval, approval with extra deposit, or denial. 

Unfavorable accounts which will negatively influence the screening result include, but are not limited to: collections, charge-off, repossession, and current delinquency. Debt to a previous landlord, and open bankruptcies will result in an automatic denial of the application.  

Applicants or Occupants have the option to pay the security deposit in up to six (6) installments. The first installment must be paid within 48 hours of receipt of the lease agreement. 

Background Check

A background check will be conducted for each Applicant and Occupant eighteen (18) years of age or older. Applicants will be required to disclose information concerning sex offender registration. A limited criminal history background check will be conducted on adult Applicants for determination of sex offender registration status. Applicants who are registered on any sex offender registry will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The background check will not include review of any other arrest record, conviction record, or other criminal history.

Please remember that this requirement does not constitute a guarantee or representation that Residents or Occupants currently residing in our homes have not been convicted of or subject to deferred adjudication for sex offenses requiring registration under applicable law. There may be Residents or Occupants that have resided in one of our homes prior to this requirement going into effect. Additionally, our ability to verify this information is limited to the information made available to us by the resident background and credit reporting services used.

Animals

No pets are allowed.

Service Animals

With proper documentation, service and assistance animals are exempt from any rent, fees, deposits, breed restrictions, and insurance requirements. The Applicant must fill out the Invitation Homes Reasonable Accommodation/Modification Request Form and Disability Verification Form and take the Disability Verification Form to his/her healthcare provider to verify the statements at the end of the form.

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