Josie Sarullo 858/353-6649
1. Present a credit report that’s clear of collections, large amounts of debt and late payments. Also do your best to avoid foreclosures, judgments and bankruptcy. A homeowner-turned-landlord looks for a tenant who shows responsibility with her financial obligations, since the home is an asset under the landlord’s name and credit. If there are past problems or blemishes on the report, take a few months to clean up those mistakes before entering the rental market, or come up with some good explanations. Some landlords want to run the Credit Report which runs $25.00 – $50.00. If you are allowed to run your own make sure it is a FULL CREDIT REPORT with a FICO score.2. Work at a job that produces enough income to support the house rent. “Many financial planners and housing experts advise people to spend no more than 30 percent of their gross income on rent. That doesn’t count utilities.” Although this is tough in a more expensive rental market, the right amount of income reassures a landlord that the rent will be easy to handle. Usually landlords require income to be 2.5 – 3 times the amount of rent or a co-signer might be required.3. Present a positive rental history through landlord references or in leasing database searches. A homeowner-landlord may refer to a leasing database to check your rental background, including any late payments, disputes or evictions. If you’ve rented from smaller landlords who don’t report this information, the prospective landlord may want a good word from the past. If that’s not possible, at least have some fond words ready from a past boss or roommate who can vouch for your character.4. Present all residents when viewing the house. A landlord wants to see and know exactly who’s going to be living in the house, including any pets. A landlord can evict on the basis of too many tenants, or for having tenants who aren’t on the lease. In order to avoid later problems, it’s better to bring everyone out to see the house and meet the landlord in person.
5. Usually if I represent you there is no application fee for our office. The landlord may assess a nominal charge for a credit check and background check, and you’ll need to pay immediately.
To Move In: you will need First Month Rent, Security Deposit (usually 1 or 2 months of rent amount), and Pet Deposit. You will need to put all the utilities in your name when leasing a detached home. Condos are a little different. Within 3 days you will need to fill out and return to landlord a Move In Move Out form that list the condition of the property.
In San Diego, unless you are in Govt. subsidized housing or in certain mobile home parks, there is no rent control on your rental. Some California cities DO have rent control and the Landlord must follow specific rules when raising the rent.