Michigan Rental Application Form

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The Michigan Rental Application Form provides an easy-to-use structure for a landlord or property manager seeking a tenant to rent available residential property to request information on an applicant’s background. Landlords will require this information as a means to ascertain whether the rental candidate will make a good tenant or not. Simply put, the top priority of any landlord is to entrust their property to a reasonably responsible and law-abiding adult who will pay his/her rent on time. These qualities will be seen in a rental applicant’s past and present lives such as in regard to their employment history or their credit score.

Application Fee (No Statute) – There is no limit on how much a landlord can demand for application fees.

Security Deposit (§ 554.602) – The landlord cannot charge a tenant more than one and a half (1.5) months’ rent as a security deposit.

How to Write (Office)

Step 1 – The top of the page shall contain the “Brokerage Disclosure Box,” it should contain the name of the Leasing Broker representing the landlord as well as the name of the Leasing Broker representing the Tenant. One of the boxes to indicate which party is being represented should contain a check mark. Initial this section, then enter your ID type, number, and the expiration date on the space provided. (Note: Any leasing agent involved must attach a business card).

Step 2 – The “Offer to Rent” section should also have several pieces of information: the primary applicant’s full name, (if applicable) the co-applicants full name, the street address, city, and zip code of the premises, the number of years and months the lease would be in effect for, and the monthly rent that must be paid.

Step 3 – The final information required to identify the application is under “Conditions” Here, the non-refundable processing fee (per applicant) must be reported, the refundable deposit amount, and where or who will be holding the refundable deposit amount.

Step 4 – At the bottom of page 1 is a box titled “Office Use Only.” This should be filled out upon the return of the completed application by the applicant. The first line will require the date the application has been received by the office. Then the time the application was received.

Step 5 – The second line of this box will require the person who has received the application to fill in their name.

Step 6 – The last line is a status line check the appropriate box to indicate if the application has been approved, rejected, or withdrawn. When the Applicant of Agent has been notified, check the box next to the word “Applicant” then enter the date and time of the notification.

For Applicant

Step 1 – On page one, locate the headings labeled “Contact Numbers Applicant 1” and “Applicant 2” then enter your cell phone number, home number, work number and email on the lines labeled C, H, W, and Email respectively. If there is a co-applicant, this information should be filled for him/her in the appropriate column.

Step 2 – The beginning of page two will contain a paragraph information, conditions, and a consent line authorizing the receiving party to run a credit and/or background check to verify the information you present on this application. Sign and date the box in the center of the page and provide the date of your signature. If another party is applying with you, he/she must do the same.

Step 3 – The bottom of this page will have two columns. One is labeled “Applicant 1” and the other is labeled “Applicant 2.” Each individual applying for this rental lease must fill in a column. The first four lines will require some identifying information: Name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, Current Street Address (of where you currently live), City, State, and Zip Code.

Step 4 – Below your current address, fill in the day you moved into that residence and the date of departure then enter your current rent or mortgage payment (indicate which one you are reporting by checking the appropriate box).

Step 5 – Next enter the name of your Landlord or Mortgage Company that you pay for your current residence, that party’s phone number, and fax number in the appropriate spaces.

Step 6 – The last line of this page will require you to report the reason you wish to move from your current residence.

Step 7 – The top of the next page will start by concerning itself with your previous residence. Enter that property’s street address, city, state, and zip code on the first two line.

Step 8 – Report the time period you lived in your previous residence, and your rent or mortgage payment (check the appropriate box below this number).

Step 9 – The rest of this section will require your previous landlord or mortgage company’s name, phone number, fax number, and the reason you moved out.

Step 10 – In the section labeled “Employment” enter the name of the place where you currently work on the first line of area 1.

Step 11 – On the second line of this section list the neighborhood/city and state where your current employer is located and the time period you worked there for.

Step 12 – On the last two lines of area 1, enter your position or title held there, your yearly income, your supervisor’s name, and your supervisor’s phone number.

Step 13 – Area two of this section will begin with your previous employer’s name, location, and the date range of your employment there.

Step 14 – The last two lines of this area will ask for the position or title you held with your previous employer, the yearly income, your previous supervisor’s name, and your previous supervisor’s phone number

Step 15 – The next section is titled “Additional Income.” Here, enter the source of any additional income you earn and the yearly income amount.

Step 16 – Next will be a section regarding pets. There will be a table with the headings: Type, Breed, Age, Weight, M/F, and Neutered/Declawed. There will be enough lines here to fill in this information for three pets.

Step 17 – The table below the pets’ area will concern itself having information about your vehicle reported. The two columns on the left should be considered for the applicant and the two columns on the right will be for any vehicles a co-applicant may have. There will be enough room for three vehicles from each party. The headings in this table will be “Vehicle Type, Make, Model” and “State.”

Step 18 – The top of the final page will feature several yes/no boxes under the heading “Additional Information.” These must be answered. The first two will determine safety factors regarding your intended residency. If you have a waterbed and/or will allow smoking on the property check the “Yes” box in the appropriate box.

Step 19 – The next area of the “Additional Information” section will have nine yes/no boxes. Answer them honestly. Both applicants must give their own response. If either has answered “Yes” there will be a space provided to provide more information. A document may be attached to address any of these issues for any particularly lengthy explanations.

Step 20 – In the “Debts” section, Report the Type of Loan, Creditor Name, Balance, and Monthly Payment for each debt you are currently paying.

Step 21 – In the “Assets” section, enter what asset you have under “Type of Asset” and report its worth under the word “Amount.”

Step 22 – The next section, “Other Occupants of the Premises,” will require that each person living with the tenant that are under 18 be reported. List the Last Name, First Name, indicate if they are Male or Female (M/F column), Date of Birth, and Relationship to you for each individual. Individuals who are over 18 must either be co-applicants or submit separate applications.

Step 23 – The last section, “Designated Contacts,” is where to write in the names of anyone close enough to know how to contact you immediately or should be contacted in the case of a serious emergency.