The Nevada Rental Application Process
A rental application requests personal information so that the Nevada landlord can perform a background check and a credit check. Some of the information requested in a rental form includes the applicant's full name, address, social security number, and income information.
There is often a non-refundable application fee. Applicants should expect to pay between $25 and $75 per application. However, these prices can be even higher. Some landlords and property managers may provide a discount for married couples or couples in a civil union.
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A Sample Nevada Rental Application with Examples for Each Step
Before you enter into a lease agreement with a potential tenant, it's crucial that you first use a rental application to determine if they are a good risk. Your rental application should comply with both federal fair housing law and Nevada landlord-tenant law to prevent discrimination against prospective tenants.
- The first section should include spaces for the applicant's personal information: their full legal name, birth date, cell phone number, work number, and email address. If the applicant is married or in a civil union, consider whether you want the parties to fill out separate applications or if both applicants use the same form. If you allow the parties to use the same application, the entire document should include enough room to capture information for both parties in a way that clearly identifies which information is for each party.
- Include a blank space for the applicant's social security number for a credit check or background check. Just remember to include an authorization at the end of the rental application that permits you to do so as long as you have the applicant's signature.
- The next section should cover the applicant's rental history. Start with their current full address (including city, state, and zip code), contact information for their current landlord, how long they've lived in the current rental property, and their monthly rent payment. You should include enough room for the applicant to provide you with additional rental history if they frequently moved for work or other reasons.
- The next section should request the applicant's employment history. It should start with the applicant's current or most recent employer. Include the employer's name, address, how long the applicant has worked for the employer, the applicant's job title, the supervisor’s name, and the phone number either for the supervisor or for HR. Leave enough room for the applicant to provide a thorough employment history.
- Ask the applicant for their income sources. Include the source of income (such as a paycheck or disability payment), frequency (weekly, biweekly, or monthly), and the amount of the payments.
- Ask the applicant whether they have checking or savings accounts and which banks or credit unions manage those accounts.
- Request emergency contact information for the potential tenant.
- Ask whether the applicant has any pets, how many pets, the type of pets, and their size. Inform the prospective tenant of any pet deposit.
- Include an authorization for the credit check and background check and a signature line and blank space for the date.
Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Nevada
If you're a renter who has a rental agreement in Nevada, you may think that the landlord has all of the power. As a tenant, you have rights. Here are some helpful links:
Nevada Rental Application Laws
According to laws in the State of Nevada, landlords may request up to the equivalent of three (3) months’ rent for a security deposit. Once the tenant moves out and vacates the property, the landlord has 30 days to return the deposit (Nevada Revised Statutes Annotated § § 118A.240 to 118A.250).