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What Is an Alabama Rental Application?

A rental application is a document used by a landlord to gauge the creditworthiness and responsibility of the tenant. These documents often ask for personal information, such as:

  • Applicant’s name and contact information
  • Driver’s license/ID Number
  • Date of birth
  • Social security number (to conduct background checks)
  • Current employment and employment history
  • Current address and whether your residence is rented or owned
  • If your residence is rented name of the current landlord and his or her contact information

A landlord or lessor is allowed to charge a nominal fee for the processing of this application.

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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.

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