The Alabama Rental Application Process
The Alabama rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Alabama, there is no maximum application fee; landlords may charge as much as they think is fair. The application fee is non-refundable.
In Alabama, the security deposit for approved tenants may not exceed one (1) month’s rent, except in some circumstances, including pets, alterations to the exterior or interior of the property, and situations where there is an increase in liability to the landlord or premises.
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A Sample Alabama Rental Application with Examples for Each Step
The rental application should include the following sections:
Prospective Property Information, including address, rent, total security deposit, and pet deposit (if any)
- Name of Applicant
Contact Information, including current address, phone number(s), and email address
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License Number
- Alternate Names
Rental/Residence History current/five years, including the current reason for moving, rental amount, lease end date, landlord name, and contact information
Employment History including occupation, current position, employer, address, phone, name of supervisor, gross income, and sources of all income, previous employers, and length of time employed
Credit History including bank accounts (account and routing numbers) and credit card accounts
Emergency Contacts name, relationship to applicant, address, phone number
References name, relationship to applicant, address, phone number
Questions on general topics relating to the applicant including questions about prior late rent notices, prior evictions, prior bankruptcy filings, prior lawsuits, any recurring problems with current apartment or landlord, and possible negative information that may come to light upon a credit check and a criminal background check
All Other Proposed Occupants including date of birth, social security number, and driver’s license number
Vehicles Currently Owned by Applicant and owned by other proposed occupants, including make, model, year, color, and license plate number
Pet Information if any
Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including the non-refundable application fee and a provision giving consent to a credit/criminal background check
Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Alabama
Legal Services Alabama
Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, Inc.
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project
Alabama Center for Dispute Resolution
Central Alabama Fair Housing Center
Alabama Rental Application Laws
In the state of Alabama, §35-9A-201 states that the landlord may not require more than one (1) month’s rent, less any pet fees or extra liability on behalf of the tenant.