Illinois rental/lease application form

An Illinois rental application is used by a landlord or a landlord's agent to obtain information about potential tenants. Candidates should be prepared in advance to ensure that the information they submit is accurate. The renter must also consent to the landlord or property manager running credit and background checks. A tenant may be held liable if false information is found during such checks.

Illinois rental/lease application form template

Illinois rental/lease application form

Regulations

Application Fee - The province of Illinois doesn't restrict the sum that can be charged to Prospective occupants as an application fee (no law).

Security Deposit - Landlords are allowed to charge any sum as an initial Deposit (no law).

How to carry out an Illinois Tenant Screening 

Renting a property in Illinois requires tenant screening, and these are the things you need to look for.

  • For a background check to be accurate, the tenant's real name must appear on the application. It may seem like a minor detail, but if not handled correctly, it can cause a lot of trouble.

  • Next in importance is the social security number. A social security number is also used to verify an individual's identity.

  • Employer history is another excellent factor to monitor because it reflects a tenant's ability to pay their rent on time and how loyal and responsible they will be to their landlord.

  • Another excellent factor is credit history. You will probably have a difficult time getting paid if a prospective tenant does not pay their debt. The result of a credit history check can reveal anything from a late payment to bankruptcy or foreclosure.

  • An important part of ensuring the landlord and the tenants are at ease with this prospective tenant is to conduct a criminal background check. As a landlord, you can also avoid getting into trouble with the law by not allowing something like illegal drugs to be sold from your property.

  • Last but not least, check the rental history. Having rented in the past, how well did the tenant maintain those rentals? This may indicate a potential problem if they have a history of late payments, poor upkeep, or evictions.

The main goal is to prevent discrimination in the process. Make sure to check the same things with every applicant. It will prevent future claims of discrimination, and the landlord's morals will stay intact. 

Before submitting, the tenant must sign the application.

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