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Prospective Owners: 404.937.1850

Rental Qualification Requirements for ALH|Podland Realty  Atlanta Property Management

Welcome to ALH|Podland Realty & Rental Homes Property Management. Before you apply to lease an ALH|Podland Realty rental Homes please take the time to review this screening and application policy. All persons 18 years of age or older will be required to complete separate rental applications and pay a full application fee of $55. Application fees are non refundable. Applicants with adult dependents and applying for residency will complete a joint application. The term "applicant(s)" under this policy means the person or persons that will be signing the Lease as "residents"; the term "occupant(s)" in this policy means the person or persons that are authorized occupants under the Lease. Minimum age requirement for a primary applicant is to be 21 years of age.

Please also note that these are our current rental criteria, nothing contained in these requirements shall constitute a guarantee or representation by ALH|Podland Realty Atlanta Property Management that all residents and occupants currently residing in an ALH|Podland Realty have met these requirements.

We do not allow home businesses such as elderly care, child care or care of the disabled to operate in any one of the properties that we manage. Our owners insurance companies strictly prohibit those businesses on the properties as the properties are WILL NOT meet the requirements set by the State of Georgia for those businesses.

Occupancy Guidelines

The following occupancy standards are based on our company requirements.

How You Will Be Evaluated+

Evaluation Policy

All applicants are evaluated on a scoring system assigning different weights to one or another criteria. To be approved, an applicant must accumulate a minimum of 70 points out of total 100 points. Credit score, Income, Stability of Employment, Length of Employment, Length of prior residency, and other factors go into the evaluation. If you score less than 70 on our Potential Tenant Score Card, your application will be denied. A score of 70 must be acquired to be approved for residency.

Scoring System and Security Deposit Requirements

A score of 0 (zero) to 69 will result in a decline of your application.
A score of 70 to 74 points will require a security deposit in the amount of three times the monthly rent;
Applicants with scores of 75-79 will require a security deposit in the amount of two times the monthly rent;
Applicants with scores of 80 to 100, will be required to pay a security deposit in an amount of one month of rent:

To View Prospective Resident Qualification Score Card: Click here
To view a complete list of our scoring criteria Policy: Click here

Proof of Income and Income Requirements+

Income Requirements & Documents Policy

Applicants with undocumented income will be denied. Furthermore, applicants trying to falsify proof of income will be automatically declined. We are looking for CONTINUOUS, VERIFIABLE income to ensure regular and timely payment of rent. Applicants must be employed at time of application.

Verifiable income is listed below. Undocumented income means you are not able to produce a check stub, a W-2, or a copy of tax return or an official statement of disability or other type of government benefit.

  • 90 days worth of pay stubs. If you are paid weekly, that would be 12, bi-weekly - 6, and monthly - 3.
  • Check stubs MUST BE from a legitimate company or payroll service (we check!)
  • Employer letters must be on company letterhead and include company logo, date, your name, new position description, pay rate, location where you'll be working, contact information for your immediate supervisor and must be signed by a representative of the company with phone number and company email address. (any variations will not be accepted)
  • Self Employed individuals need most recent 2 years of Tax Returns (must match the rest of your proof of income) and at a minimum most recent six months of bank statements, the company also needs to be registred at the GA Secretary of State or a Business License from the county needs to be provided as proof of doing business. If you are self employed, your company must be a legitimate business entity. Your company must show "ACTIVE" at the Secretary of State web site in the state of Georgia or "Active" at the county business office.
  • IF YOU ARE SELF EMPLOYED: 1099's without a tax return do not count towards your gross income requirement and are not considered income for qualification purposes.
  • UBER & LYFT drivers need to provide a minimum of six months history of rides and payments from either company, 2 years of most recent tax returns and six months of bank statements showing deposits from those two companies.
  • We reserve the right to review all outstanding debts when determining our credit decision.
  • Official SSI Letters, Court Ordered Child Support, Court Ordered Alimony, VA Benefits Letters, Pension Letters - must be for current year. All documents from those organizations must be signed and show current year benefits.
  • Self printed pay stubs do not qualify as proof of income
  • Bank statements alone do not qualify as proof of income.
  • Unemployment Benefits to not count towards your gross income requirement and are not considered income for qualification purposes.
  • Applicants must be employed at time of application.
  • Undocumented income or cash income does not count towards your gross income requirement and is not considered income for qualification purposes.

We do not allow home businesses such as elderly care, child care or care of the disabled in any one of the properties that we manage. Our owners insurance company strictly prohibits those businesses on the properties. Homes that are managed by us are meant for NORMAL living situations.

Your Gross income must be greater than .28 times the rent amount for any financially responsible applicant. There are no exceptions. (to get your monthly required amount, take the rent amount and divide by .28 or

$of rent /.28=Your Required Monthly Income

*If your Employer Uses TheWorkNumber.Com*

If your employer uses the WorkNumber.com for verification, we are unable to use it. They charge landlords almost $46 to verify your income and employment. Your application fee does not cover such a fee, therefore, you can log in to the WorkNumber.com by yourself as an employee and print, or save the PDF file versions of your last 3 months of pay stubs. We will accept pay stubs printed from the www.theWorkNumber.com.

The Work Number

You as an employee, can access the website to provide us with information that we need. Please use the link: https://www.theworknumber.com/Employees/Help/faq.asp?category=employment_data_report to learn how to do that.

The exorbitant cost of this service will not be absorbed by ALH|Podland Realty.

Bankruptcies On Record or Current - Policy+

Handling Bancruptcies Policy

Anyone with an active bankruptcy is automatically denied. Applicants with bankruptcy of over 4 years will be reviewed based on the rest of credit requirements. Bankruptcy of four (4) years or less will trigger an automatic denial.

Debt To Income Ratio Policy +

Debt To Income Ration Policy

Our standards for Debt-to-Income (DTI) ratio

Once you’ve calculated your DTI ratio, you’ll want to understand how we review it when we’re considering your application. Take a look at the guidelines we use:

35% or less: Low Risk Relative to your income, your debt is at a manageable level.

You most likely have money left over for saving or spending after you’ve paid your bills. We generally view a lower DTI as favorable. Anyone with a TDI in this range will be charged the standard security deposit of one month of rent, providing all other criteria has been met.

36% to 49%: Medium Risk Anyone with a TDI in this range will be asked for a security deposit at 1.5 times the rent amount, providing all other criteria has been met.

You’re managing your debt adequately, but you may want to consider lowering your DTI. This could put you in a better position to handle unforeseen expenses. If you’re looking to borrow, keep in mind that lenders may ask for additional eligibility criteria.

50% or more: High Risk - You may have limited funds to save or spend. Anyone with a TDI of 50% or above will be denied.

With more than half your income going toward debt payments, you may not have much money left to save, spend, or handle unforeseen expenses. With this DTI ratio, you are a high risk tenant.

To calculate your debt-to-income ratio:

Add up your monthly bills which may include: Monthly rent or house payment, utilities, food, insurance, car payment, credit cards or other payments. ...

Divide the total by your gross monthly income, which is your income before taxes.

Multiply by 100, the final number is your DTI

The result is your DTI, which will be in the form of a percentage.

The lower the DTI; the less risky you are.

What does my debt-to-income ratio mean?

Everyone’s financial situation is different, but in general, you can look at your debt-to-income ratio in the following way:

Your debt-to-income ratio is less than 36%. You are carrying a healthy amount of debt for your finances. Consider contributing to a Saving for the Future or retirement account with any extra money you have leftover in your monthly budget.

Your debt-to-income ratio is between 37% and 42%. Your debt load is acceptable, but not perfect. If possible, use some of your extra money each month to pay off a few debts and reserve the rest for savings.

Your debt-to-income ratio is between 43% and 49%. This ratio indicates you may be on the verge of financial distress. Explore ways to free up more money in your budget and consider using a debt reduction strategy to reduce your debts.

Your debt-to-income ratio is more than 50%. You have too much debt and need to find ways to reduce your debt immediately.

What if my ratio is high, but I don’t feel like I’m in financial distress?

In some cases—particularly when your ratio is between 43 percent and 49 percent—you may not really feel like you’re in financial distress even though you put such a high portion of your income towards paying your debts each month. Keep in mind that a healthy financial outlook includes setting aside money for savings, as well as regularly contributing to some kind of retirement account to prepare for the future. In addition, while breaking even every month may make it seem like you’re doing okay, one emergency or unforeseen expense could send your finances spiraling out of control.

Learn more about Debt to Income Ratio Here

Bankruptcies Handling Policy+

Handling Bancrupticies Policy

Anyone with an active bankruptcy is automatically denied. Applicants with bankruptcy of over 4 years will be reviewed based on the rest of credit requirements. Bankruptcy of four (4) years or less will trigger an automatic denial.

ID Requirements Policy+

ID Requirements Policy

Forms of ID we require and accept are as follows:

You must provide an actual copy of your social security card as well as one CURRENT form of ID listed below. Expired documents will not suffice. Documents must match your information that is in the application. No exceptions.

We accept the following forms of ID

  • A Current Driver's License give from the state where you have lived for the past six months. Also, your driver's license must be it be at least six months prior to expiration date.
  • A Current United States Passport with an expiration date of NO LESS than the lease term
  • A Current Green Card
  • A Current Military ID
  • A Current State Issued ID card from the state where you have lived for the past six months

Photographs and text in the CURRENT ID must be clearly visible and sharp to be able to be easily readable.

If an applicant does not have his or her social security card, the individual will need to follow these requirements:

Sample of the form required can be seen here. No other form will be accepted. Form must be filled out by Social Security Administration staff and have a signature stamp.

  1. Go to your local Social Security Administration Office to submit request on Form SSA-3288. Provide verifiable support documentation that you have requested the card by providing the filled out ans stamped form SSA-3288.

  2. ALH Podland Realty can not process your application without verifying your social security number. The number must be present on form SSA-3288 from the Social Security Administration to confirm it is you.

Forms of ID that are NOT accepted

  • A Temporary State Issued ID Card or a Temporary State Issued ID Card from a different state with an expiration date of less than the lease term
  • An Expired Temporary State Issued ID Card from ANY state
  • A Temporary Driver's License with an expiration date of less than the lease term
  • INS Temporary Work Permit with an expiration date of less than the lease term
  • Tax ID number in lieu of a Social Security Card
  • Any State or Federally Issued ID without your photograph

What We Look For In Your Documents

  • A Valid Social Security Card
  • Your ID information must match what is on your application
  • Dates of employment must match what is on your application
  • Residence dates must match what is on your application
  • Expired ID's will not suffice as proof of ID
  • Temporary documents such as work permits
  • Tax ID numbers do not suffice and are not a replacement for the Social Security Card
  • Statements made and information provided on your application MUST match your identification information, legal status in the United States, residence history,

Before your application is processed, those forms of ID must be presented to us for review. If we are unable to match your ID information to what is on the application, your application will be denied.

Rental/Mortgage History Policy+

Rental/Mortgage History Policy

ALH|Podland Realty requires written Verification of Rental History from a prior landlord or Verification of Mortgage (VOM) on all Primary Applicants and others financially responsible for rent payments. Primary Applicant must have a minimum of 12 months positive rental or mortgage history within the past 36 months. If a previous landlord cannot be contacted, 12 consecutive months of proof of payment must be provided plus, a copy of a signed lease agreement must be provided. Sublease documents are not considered a part of rental history and will not be reviewed. Applicants not having verifiable rental history will have to have a co-signer and pay a total deposit equal to two and a half months rent, providing a score of 70 or above is achieved within the scoring system.

Your Application may be Declined for any of the following reasons:

  • Outstanding debt to a previous landlord or an outstanding NSF check not paid in full;
  • No Credit Score and No Approved Cosigner
  • Documents that can not be verified
  • A breach of a prior lease or a prior disposessory filing on any applicant or occupant who is in the process of eviction (that means that a disposessory has been filed in the courts);
  • More than 3 late payments and/or 2 NSFs within the past 12 months;
  • Documented complaints or damages from previous landlords.
  • Falsifying Rental History
  • Subleasing without a written agreement
  • Two or more lease violations in one calendar year
  • Automatic denial to anyone with a prior history of disposessory filings by the landlord at any point in time within 4 previous years, any evictions within the past four (4) years, landlord lawsuits at any point in time or judgements for non-payment of rent. Eviction Judgements that have been paid off to landlord will be reviewed AFTER a period of 4 years.
What is a Dispossessory? A dispossessory action/filing refers to eviction proceedings brought by a landlord against a tenant. It's a filing in court, in the county where the property is located, asking the court to issue a Writ of Posession. A writ of possession is issued to evict an occupant from the property and then it becomes an eviction. The most basic way to describe eviction is “Dispossession of a tenant by a landlord. An expulsion by the assertion of a paramount title or by process of law. A physical expulsion is not always necessary; any disturbance in or deprivation or loss of possession by the tenant is sufficient to constitute eviction.”

Credit & Other Restrictions Policy+

  1. The minimum credit score requirement is listed on each property description page under Tenant Requirements Section.
  2. If you did not provide supporting documents to ALH|Podland Realty within 72 hours from application date, your application will be denied
  3. If you falcified any information on the application or supporting documents, your application will be denied
  4. If you have an active no credit score and a cosigner that will be approved based on our cosigner criteria, your application will be denied
  5. If you have an active bankruptcy, your application will be denied
  6. If you have a bankruptcy of less than four years from discharge date, your application will be denied. Applicants with bankruptcy of over 4 years will be reviewed based on the the rest of credit requirements and qualification criteria
  7. If you can not prove your income based on our specifications, your application will be denied
  8. If you have disposessory actions or landlord law suits in your history that are less than 10 years old, your application will be denied
  9. If you have evictions on your record that are less than 4 years, your application will be denied
  10. If one applicant within a group (family, roommates, unrelated individuals, friends, boyfriend-girlfriend, etc.) is denied for prior evictions, dispossessory filings, landlord lawsuits or judgements for non-payment of rent, THE WHOLE GROUP WILL BE DENIED.

A credit report will be completed on all adults (18 years of age and older) leaseholders as well as occupants to verify credit worthiness and to check back ground information. We will also perform a search of Landlord/Tenant Court records and a Criminal Activity check.

Credit score requirements are different based on different properties and property owners. An actual credit score requirement will be listed on the property flier for each particular property. Applicants with NO CREDIT SCORE will be denied.

No Credit Score Policy+

No Credit Score Policy

    If you have no credit score and no co-signer, your application will be denied. If you have a co-signer who can qualify based on our criteria, there is a way to qualify

  1. If your credit report does not show a credit score, you will have to have a co-signer, or another adult over the age of 21 to who will be able to show a satisfactory credit history to either be on the application with you or have a co-signer who will be financially responsible for your portion of the lease or the whole lease.
  2. Co-Signers must be employed at time of application and show a minimum income of 4 times the rent amount AFTER THEIR OWN EXPENSES HAVE BEEN MET, and meet all other requirements
  3. Your co-sgner and you will have your security deposit set at three times the rent amount.
  4. Please see the Co-Signer/Guarantor Policy for all the details.

Roommates Policy+

Roommates Policy

Roommates are two or more of unmarried infividuals such as sisters, brothers, boyfriend-girlfriend, or friends attempting to live together in a property. They individually have to qualify for all the requirements.

  1. Each roommate has to be able to meet all the company requirements including but not limited to financially for their portion of the rent, job wise and credit wise, criminal and credit .
  2. At least one of the roommates has to be over the age of 21 (college students), otherwise, everyone has to be over 21.
  3. If one applicant within a group (family, roommates, unrelated individuals, friends, boyfriend-girlfriend, etc.) is denied for prior evictions, dispossessory filings, landlord lawsuits or judgements for non-payment of rent, THE WHOLE GROUP WILL BE DENIED.
  4. If one of the roommates in less than 21 years old, they must have a co-signer (for college students only).
  5. No more than one adult roommate per bedroom such as friends, college buddies, collegues.
  6. One of the roommates will be designated as primary, responsible for communicating with the property management company. All communications will be with the designated, primary roommate.
  7. Only one, primary designated tenant, will be making the rent payment for all roommates and requesting maintenance.
  8. Security deposit refund, if due, will be made out to all roommates.
  9. Roommates are not allowed to be switched out during the leasing period. That means if one roommate wants to move out during the leasing period, they are not allowed, as each indiviual is bound by the lease agreement.

Security Deposit Requirements Policy+

Security Deposit Requirements Policy

A security deposit is required at the time of your move-in inspection and before the keys are turned over to you. Deposits are refundable upon move-out, less any charges assessed for damage to the property and any unpaid balance owed at the time of move-out.

A score of 70 to 74 points will require a security deposit in the amount of three times the monthly rent;
Applicants with scores of 75-79 will require a security deposit in the amount of two times the monthly rent;
Applicants with scores of 80 to 100, will be required to pay a security deposit in an amount of one month of rent:
Deposits may not be applied to first month's rent or towards rent at any time during the residency.

Deposits can be made in the form of a money order, certified funds or cashier's check or a combination of the above.

All properties will list in the description a minimum required FICO score. Fico scores within 10 points, and depending on other factors and total score of applicant may go up to 2 to 3 times the monthly rent amount for security deposit

Applicants With Undocumented Income Policy+

Applicants With Undocumented Income Policy

Applicants with undocumented income will be denied. Furthermore, applicants trying to falsify proof of income will be automatically declined. We are looking for CONTINUOUS, VERIFIABLE income to ensure regular and timely payment of rent.

Verifiable income is listed below. Undocumented income means you are not able to produce a check stub, a W-2, or a copy of tax return or an official statement of disability or other type of government benefit.

  • 90 days worth of pay stubs. If you are paid weekly, that would be 12, bi-weekly - 6, and monthly - 3.
  • Check stubs MUST BE from a legitimate company or payroll service (we check!)
  • 1099's, W-2's, most recent 2 years of Tax Returns (must match the rest of your proof of income)
  • We reserve the right to review all outstanding debts when determining our credit decision.
  • SSI Letters, Court Ordered Child Support, Court Ordered Alimony, VA Benefits Letters, Pension Letters - all must be for current year.
  • Self printed pay stubs do not qualify as proof of income
  • Bank statements alone do not qualify as proof of income.

Outstanding Debt (Utilities Or Cash Advance/Payday Loans) Policy+

Outstanding Debt Utilities Or Cash Advance/Payday Loans Policy

All outstanding collection accounts in excess of $500 incurred in the past seven years for utilities or cash advance/payday loans, will trigger a decline. Any utility and payday loan debt $300 and under will not be required to be paid. Proof current utilities are in applicants name with no delinquent balance is required. If proof cannot be obtained, the debt will be required to be paid.

Outstanding Debt (Prior Landlord) Policy+

Outstanding Debt (Prior Landlord) Policy

All outstanding debt owed to a prior landlord; applicant will have 48 hours to prove the debt does not belong to them. If not received within 48 hours, application will be declined. Any applicant with prior evictions, disposessory filings (same as eviction filing) lawsuits with landlords or judgements for non-payment of rent will be automatically denied.

Each applicant over the age of 18 will be required to pay an application fee of $55, each co-signer is required to pay a $55 application fee. Additional applicants within the same family age 18 or over (secondary tenant) will pay an application fee of $55 and will be reviewed and screened in the same fashion. Application fees are not refundable.

  • If one applicant within a group (family, roommates, etc.) is denied for prior evictions, dispossessory filings, landlord lawsuits or judgements for non-payment of rent, THE WHOLE GROUP WILL BE DENIED.

Criminal Background Policy+

Criminal Background Information Usage and Processing Policy

A criminal background check will be conducted for each applicant and occupant age 18 years or more. The application will be denied for any Felony or a certain Misdemeanors that have occurred within the timeline identified below prior to the application deadline date regardless of the applicant's age at the time the offense was committed. All records are evaluated from the date of disposition. Traffic Violations will not be considered.

  • Any Misdemeanor Conviction within the past 7 years will trigger an automatic denial of application.
  • High Level Misdemeanor Convictions including but not limited to Assault, Drugs (possession or distribution), Weapons or Theft will be denied irrelevant of time lapsed.
  • Completed service for a Felony Conviction within the past 10 years will result in a denial. That means you have to be discharged from prison no less than 10 years prior to application date.
  • Felony Convictions such as Armed Robbery, Rape, Murder, Domestic Violence,Kidnapping, Drugs (possession or distribution), Child Molestation and Child Abuse will cause an immediate denial of the application irrelevant of time lapsed.
  • Any Discharged Crimes Related to Prostitution will cause an immediate denial of the application irrelevant of time lapsed. To be clear, any convictions relating to any of the below listed behaviors will be denied irrelevant of time lapsed
  • In addition to pimping and pandering, there are several prostitution-related crimes that involve third parties. State laws relating to the sex trade typically prohibit certain categories of behavior that foster prostitution. These include:
    • keeping or residing in a house of prostitution
    • leasing a house for prostitution
    • procuring a person to travel for purposes of prostitution
    • bringing a person to a place kept for prostitution
    • sending a minor to, or permitting a minor to enter a house of prostitution, and taking a person against his or her will for prostitution.

It can be useful to understand what we look for in criminal screening. Below information is intended to help you understand each criminal category by providing definitions and examples of offenses for each. ALH|Podland Realty Screening Policy for Criminal Offenses is attached here: Criminal Background Processing Policy.

Alcohol

  • DUIs/DWIs (if there was no indication/explicit mention of a controlled substance, it’s assumed only alcohol was involved)
  • Open container/public consumption
  • Urinating in public
  • Public intoxication
  • Minors in possession of alcohol
  • Selling/furnishing alcohol to minors
  • Boating/bicycling while intoxicated

Drug - Marijuana Use – does not include cultivating, growing, selling, or delivering marijuana

  • Possession of marijuana/marijuana use/violations, regardless of amount
  • THC, cannabis
  • Attempted possession of marijuana
  • Purchase of marijuana
  • Passing a joint

Drug - Manufacturing and Distribution  only those crime descriptions and statutes that make explicit mention of an intent to manufacture/deliver/sell, or conspiracy or attempt to do such are included

  • Possession with intent to sell, or buy with intent to sell
  • Possession of a drug base (ex. Cocaine base, meth base, anhydrous ammonia)
  • Deliver/sell/traffc/manufacture/grow/dispense/distribute/transport/import/dealing in controlled (dangerous) substances/drugs/narcotics
  • Traffic/trafficking in drugs
  • Maintaining a dwelling or vehicle for drug sales/storage
  • Advertising in drugs/controlled substances
  • Selling/manufacturing counterfeit drugs
  • Vapors/inhalants/volatile substances for sale
  • Possession of precursor chemicals
  • Any drug conspiracies
  • Attempts to sell, deliver, manufacture, etc.

Drug- Use – excludes the use and possession of marijuana

  • Possession of any illicit drug/fraudulently possessed controlled substance (not prescribed to the individual); includes possession of nitrous oxide, metabolites, counterfeit drugs, legend drugs, and any mention of a Schedule I/II/III/IV drug
  • Driving/being under the influence of any illicit drug, narcotic, or controlled substance
  • Casual exchange of controlled substances (e.g. sharing needles)
  • Using/inhaling any drug/controlled substance
  • Any mention of a drug on its own (e.g.  “cocaine”)
  • Possession of paraphernalia/drug-related objects/syringes/vapors
  • Conspiracies to violate controlled substance acts
  • Conspiracies/attempts to possess/purchase
  • Frequenting a place where controlled substances are used
  • Solicitation/purchase of drugs or CDS
  • Possession of glue/paint with intent to sniff
  • Loitering in drugs and drug activity
  • Unlawful possession or use of a substance containing a volatile   chemical
  • Maintaining a vehicle or dwelling place for controlled substance use (e.g. crack house)

Methamphetamine - Manufacturing  only those crime descriptions and statutes that make explicit mention of manufacturing of methamphetamines, or conspiracy or attempt to do so are included.

Wildlife

  • Taking/possessing more fish/game than allowed for the season, or larger in size than allowed
  • Wasting wildlife
  • Angling method prohibited (fishing)
  • Violating a regulatory zone (for protection of certain wildlife, e.g. manatees and sea cows)
  • Hunting/trapping without permission or out of season
  • Conservation offenses

Fraud – including attempts and conspiracies

  • Forging/uttering/knowingly writing bad or worthless checks
  • Identity theft/false impersonation/swindling
  • Forgery, perjury, false statements, fraudulent schemes & artifices
  • Embezzlement
  • Welfare fraud/food stamps/benefits/public assistance
  • Failing to identify as a fugitive to LEO/falsely identifying oneself to LEO/false plates & tags on car/fake IDs/unauthorized use of disabled person placard
  • Deceptive practices, criminal impersonation, false reports
  • Racketeering/money laundering
  • Obtaining property via false pretenses
  • Possession of financial (transaction) devices (ATM/debit/credit card) and access cards without permission
  • Counterfeit items, bootlegged movies/music (illegal recording of movies/music)
  • Tampering with government records
  • Failure to file tax returns, pay taxes
  • Bigamy
  • Interfering with city or state property (e.g. utility meters)

Bad Check

  • Writing/issuing/passing a worthless check, bad check
  • Obtaining property/goods via worthless check
  • NSF (non-sufficient funds) check

License

  • Gambling violations, advertising violations
  • Failing to license animals
  • Unlawful use & sale of fireworks
  • No animal vaccinations/certificates/registrations
  • NTP (“no taxes paid”) Liquor/Wine – considered a license issue because the seller’s liquor license requires the payment of taxes
  • Carrying firearms/weapons without a license/permit
  • Selling/furnishing/providing alcohol or tobacco to minors, open house parties
  • Fish/hunt without a license
  • Violating adult cabaret standards, sexually oriented business standards/heterosexual massage
  • Contracting/working without a license
  • Improper or incomplete PUC records/commercial license/commercial activity    violations

Motor Vehicles – all explicit commercial vehicle/license issues are categorized under “License”

  • All traffic/driving/motor vehicle offenses or violations (excluding infractions)/violating basic   rule
  • Failure to produce evidence of valid financial responsibility/insurance/registration/driver’s license/driving with the wrong license endorsement/missing or unlawful license plates
  • Failing to provide information when involved in vehicular collision/leaving the scene
  • DUI – assumed alcohol, unless description or statute explicitly states drug/CDS use, or driving while addicted
  • Using private property to avoid traffic devices
  • Overweight vehicle/too many axles – road use prohibited for certain vehicles
  • Inspection violations/no inspection
  • Possession of police radio scanner/jammer
  • Unlawful noise emanating from vehicle/sound amplification (e.g. loud stereo system, or loud brakes)
  • Illegal sun-shading/tinting/sun-screening on windows
  • Illegal use of lights (e.g. using red/blue lights, too dim, too bright)
  • Reckless/negligent/wanton disregard driving
  • Failing to pay tolls or fares/parking meters
  • Street/drag racing/exhibition
  • Illegal or missing vehicular parts (e.g. no windshield wipers, illegal muffler)


Property - Destruction-related

  • Reckless burning/arson
  • Tampering with a vehicle
  • Breaking into a dwelling/building/vehicle
  • Malicious/criminal mischiefs (e.g. graffiti, vandalism, defacement)
  • Hit & runs
  • Attempts and conspiracies to destroy/damage   property
  • Throwing/shooting missiles at buildings
  • Malicious injury to animals
  • Breaking & entering (when there is no explicit mention of burglary or intent to commit burglary)
  • Destruction/damage to real and personal property
  • Rogue & vagabond (pertains to breaking & entering vehicle)

Property - Theft-related

  • Theft and robbery (including attempts & conspiracies)/burglary/larceny, sudden snatch, resist recovery of merchandise, conceal merchandise/property
  • Failure to pay labor/transfer title or registration/deliver leased property
  • Extortion, embezzlement
  • Failing to pay fines/fees/fares (unless motor vehicle explicitly mentioned)
  • Fencing/receiving stolen property or goods
  • Bartering/trading/selling goods & services, exchange of services
  • Identity theft
  • Carjacking/joy riding/unauthorized use of vehicle
  • Refusing to pay bills (e.g. utility bills, cab fare)
  • Criminal conversion

Registered Sex Offender

Hard-Coded/Data Type from the national database of lifetime registered sex offenders

Sex Offense - Coerced

  • Rape/sexual assault, including attempts
  • Indecent liberties/exposure, unlawful public indecency, public lewdness, lewd & lascivious conduct
  • Sexual conduct when there is an age discrepancy (e.g. sex with minor, >3 years younger)
  • Aggravated sexual acts, including incest
  • Sodomy, molestation, oral copulation
  • Voyeurism, exhibitionism
  • Possessing child pornography
  • Enticing/grooming/annoying   a child
  • Contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor
  • Loitering for indecent purposes
  • Sexual penetration with a foreign object

Sex Offense - Statutory

  • Sexual (mis)conduct/intercourse with a minor (no indication of coercion/age discrepancy)
  • Statutory rape or sexual seduction
  • Incest (non-aggravated)
  • Communicating with minor for immoral purposes
  • Adultery
  • Touching between entertainer and patron

Prostitution

  • Prostitutes, clients, pimps
  • Pandering/loitering/soliciting/patronizing/promoting/frequenting known places of prostitution, including attempts
  • Offer & agreement for services
  • Maintaining a place for prostitution (e.g. brothel)

Violent - Non-Fatal

  • Assault/battery/robbery/menacing act, including attempts and   conspiracies
  • Harassment (when it includes obscene language/gestures, threats, caller not identifying oneself, touching, maliciousness)
  • Intimidation of, or retaliation toward a victim/witness
  • Drive-by shootings/carjacking
  • Endangerment/abandonment of dependents/wrongs to minors/criminal mistreatment (e.g. abuse, neglect)
  • Corporal injury/communicating threats/horseplay
  • Gangs/gang activity, lynching (2 or more persons assaulting another person)
  • Stalking (including cyber)
  • Any motor vehicle crime involving personal injury
  • Riots/mayhem/threats/extortion/torture
  • Fighting (even if mutual agreement)/affray
  • Malicious mischief in domestic violence cases/domestic   violence
  • Attempted murder
  • Strangulation/sexual penetration with foreign object

Kidnapping

  • Kidnapping
  • Unlawful imprisonment
  • False   imprisonment/kidnapping/unlawful   detention/abduction/luring

Violent - Fatal

  • Murder/homicide/manslaughter/wrongful death
  • Deadly conduct

Weapons

  • Armed crimes, or any crime involving the possession of a    weapon
  • Brandishing/carrying/discharging/presenting/exhibiting/aiming firearm or weapon (including knife, dirk, dagger, explosives, machetes, broken glass bottle, blackjack, tear gas)
  • Felon in possession/unlicensed possession
  • Simulated/altered weapons/replicas
  • (Illegal) possession of ammunition, possession of ammo by felon/prohibited person
  • Manufacturing/selling/transporting weapons or firearms

Property - Other – includes crimes that are not overtly or explicitly destruction or theft related

  • Trespass
  • Burglary tools, conspiracy/attempts
  • Loitering/prowling
  • Failing to register transfer of title
  • Unlawful entry of vehicle/tampering with vehicle/vehicle nuisance and abandonment (e.g. leaving a junk car)
  • Littering/dumping
  • Selling a vehicle without the safety   glass
  • Criminal interference with property
  • Keeping a vehicle/dwelling place for controlled substance use
  • Wrongful use of public property
  • Computer crimes
  • Failing to support child/non-support (because it is the withholding of monies due, which is fungible property)

Society - Other

  • Disorderly conduct/breach of peace
  • Contributing to the delinquency of minors/truancies/corruption of minors
  • Animal cruelty/abuse, dogs of leash, no vaccinations, animals at large
  • Harassment, when it doesn’t mention threats, etc. (telephone, annoy, repeat)
  • Harboring a runaway child
  • Noise violations (when motor vehicle not mentioned)
  • Jaywalking/pedestrian interference
  • Solicitations on the street (e.g. panhandling, begging)
  • Fireworks/pyrotechnics
  • Possession of/supplying contraband (as it relates to incarcerated persons)
  • Custodial interference (e.g. child custody)
  • Profanity/obscenity

Government - Obstruction

  • Resisting arrest/evading or eluding police, absconding from police, including attempts
  • Failure to appear/register as a sex offender
  • Failure to comply (breath, blood, urinalysis, etc. tests)
  • Interfering, obstructing, nuisance, resisting government official/prosecution
  • Probation/contact order/protective order violation
  • Tampering with evidence/preventing or dissuading victim/witness
  • Bail jumping/forfeiting
  • Contempt of court
  • Interfering with judicial proceedings
  • Failure to identify (when no mention of fugitive or false information)
  • Contraband/prohibited items in prison (unless it explicitly states possession of weapons, drugs, etc.)

Criminal - Other  crimes vague in nature that could not be indexed in the aforementioned categories

  • Fugitive from justice/fugitive & governor’s warrants
  • Habitual offenders/felons, misdemeanants/misdemeanors
  • Coercion/complicity/bribery/attempts/conspiracies/condemnation/criminal solicitations
  • Escapes/failure to return from furlough
  • Unlawful, prohibited acts
  • Non-descript sexual acts (e.g. other sex)
  • Criminal tools
  • Disorderly house (a house of criminal activity)
  • Engaging in organized criminal activity
  • Criminal recklessness
  • Accessory, aiding & abetting, harboring

Americans with Disabiities Policy+

Americans with Disabiities Policy

For Disabled Americans, with proof of disability, requests for Reasonable accommodations may include, and will be approved with instruction on who may and may not perform the work, for modification at tenants expense for the following:

  • Installation of a ramp so that an individual in a wheelchair can have access to property
  • Installation of grab bars in the bathroom
  • Installation of tile flooring to make it easier for a person with a walker or wheelchair
  • Widening doorways, lowering kitchen cabinets and door knobs
  • Occasional support – we will not prohibit social services or health provides to visit as needed
Also, items such as modifications to cabinets or vanities, door knobs, doorway adjustment, etc. will be asked to be placed to their original position and condition at end of tenancy. Furthermore, for expenses to return these items to their original condition, the amount stated in an estimate from a licensed contractor will be held in our escrow account from the time the modifications are made to the property.

* only licensed residential contractors approved by the ALH|Podland Realty may perform the work for the modifications within the property.

Service Animals Policy & Forms+

Current through the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

§ 30-4-1. Definitions

As used in this chapter, the term:

  • (1)  “Housing accommodations” means any real property or portion thereof which is used or occupied, or intended, arranged, or designed to be used or occupied, as the home, residence, or sleeping place of one or more human beings but shall not include any single-family residence the occupants of which rent, lease, or furnish for compensation not more than one room therein.
  • (2)  “Physically disabled person” means any person, regardless of age, who is subject to a physiological defect or deficiency regardless of its cause, nature, or extent that renders the person unable to move about without the aid of crutches, a wheelchair, or any other form of support, or that limits the person’s functional ability to ambulate, climb, descend, sit, rise, or to perform any related function.

§ 30-4-2. Right to equal public accommodations; right to be accompanied by guide dog or service dog

  • (a)  Blind persons, persons with visual disabilities, persons with physical disabilities, and deaf persons are entitled to full and equal accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges on all common carriers, airplanes, motor vehicles, railroad trains, motor buses, streetcars, boats, or any other public conveyances or modes of transportation and at hotels, lodging places, places of public accommodation, amusement, or resort, and other places to which the general public is invited, subject only to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
  • (b)
    • (1)  Every totally or partially blind person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog, and every physically disabled person and every deaf person shall have the right to be accompanied by a service dog, especially trained for the purpose, in any of the places listed in subsection (a) of this Code section without being required to pay an extra charge for the guide or service dog; provided, however, that he or she shall be liable for any damage done to the premises or facilities by such dog. In addition, if such totally or partially blind person, physically disabled person, or deaf person is a student at a private or public school in this state, such person shall have the right to be accompanied by a guide dog or service dog subject to liability for damage as provided in the preceding sentence. The guide dog or service dog must be identified as having been trained by a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.
    • (2)  Every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being trained as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as such trainer is identified as an agent or employee of a school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs.
    • (3)  Every person engaged in the raising of a dog for training as a guide dog or service dog for the purpose of accompanying a person as provided in paragraph (1) of this subsection shall have the same right to be accompanied by such dog being raised for training as the totally or partially blind person, deaf person, or physically disabled person has under paragraph (1) of this subsection, so long as:
      • (A)  Such dog is being held on a leash and is under the control of the person raising such dog for an accredited school for seeing eye, hearing, service, or guide dogs;
      • (B)  Such person has on his or her person and available for inspection credentials from the accredited school for which the dog is being raised; and
      • (C)  Such dog is wearing a collar, leash, or other appropriate apparel or device that identifies such dog with the accredited school for which such dog is being raised.
  • (c)  Every totally or partially blind person operating a vending stand shall have the right to be accompanied by a trained guide dog on the entire premises of his or her vending operation.

§ 30-4-3. Right to housing accommodations

  • (a)  Blind persons, visually disabled persons, physically disabled persons, and deaf persons shall be entitled to rent, lease, or purchase, as other members of the general public, all housing accommodations offered for rent, lease, or other compensation in this state, subject to the conditions and limitations established by law and applicable alike to all persons.
  • (b)  Every totally or partially blind person, every physically disabled person, and every deaf person who has a guide dog or service dog or who obtains a guide dog or service dog and every person engaged in the training of a guide dog or service dog shall be entitled to full and equal access to all housing accommodations provided for in this Code section, and he or she shall not be required to pay extra compensation for such guide dog or service dog. However, he or she shall be liable for any damage done to the premises by such guide dog or service dog.
  • (c)  Nothing in this Code section shall require any person renting, leasing, or otherwise providing real property for compensation to modify his or her property in any way or provide a higher degree of care for a blind, visually disabled, physically disabled, or deaf person than for a person who is not so disabled.

§ 30-4-4. Denial of or interference with admittance to or enjoyment of facilities or exercise of rights

Any person, firm, corporation, or the agent of any person, firm, or corporation who denies or interferes with admittance to or enjoyment of the facilities enumerated in this chapter or otherwise interferes with the rights of a totally or partially blind person, physically disabled person, or deaf person or person engaged in the training or raising of a guide dog or service dog as provided by this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00, imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.

As a separate document:

In the event of default by Resident of any of the terms of this Policy statement, Resident must, within three days after receiving written notice of default from Owner/Agent, cure the default or vacate the Premises. In the event of default, Owner/Agent shall have the right to revoke permission to keep said Animal on the Premises by giving Resident thirty (30) days written notice.

Resident shall comply with all applicable ordinances, regulations and laws regarding animals kept by people, including any applicable vaccination requirements. Dogs and cats must be licensed if required by local Animal Control or government regulations.

Resident shall supervise and care for the Animal(s) in order to prevent the Animal from creating a nuisance to other residents, damaging property, creating unsanitary conditions, threatening the safety of other residents, or constituting a health hazard.

Resident shall report, immediately, any damage caused by Animal, and pay reasonable charges for repair to or cleaning of the Premises, facilities, or common areas caused by the Animal within thirty (30) days of written demand by Owner/Agent.

Resident shall ensure that Animal will not be allowed outside the Premises unless restrained by a leash, unless either the handler is unable because of a disability to use a harness, leash, or other tether, or the use of a harness, leash, or other tether would interfere with the assistive animal’s safe, effective performance of work or tasks, in which case the service animal must be otherwise under the handler’s control (e.g., voice control, signals, or other effective means). Animal may not wander or be left unattended on the grounds or common areas.

Resident shall not permit Animal to, and represents that Animal will not, cause any damage, discomfort, annoyance, nuisance or in any way inconvenience, or cause justified complaints, from any other resident, guest, or the public.

Resident shall not leave the Animal unattended if it creates a disturbance to the quiet enjoyment of other residents in the building or could cause damage to the Premises. In the event that the Animal is left unattended and the Owner/Agent in their best judgment believes that there could be a potential threat to the animal, a disturbance to the quiet enjoyment of other residents, or a potential for damage to the Premises, the Owner/Agent shall have the right to enter the Premises to provide access to appropriate Animal Control personnel, and/or to turn the Animal over to appropriate authorities or a local Animal Control Shelter. Owner/Agent has the right to have unsupervised or uncontrolled animals picked up or removed, and turned over to appropriate authorities.

Domestic rodents, reptiles and amphibians, or birds must remain caged/confined at all times.

If Animal is fish, the water container shall not exceed 5 gallons and will only be placed in a safe location within the unit.

Animal breeding is prohibited.

Resident shall prevent flea or other infestation of the rental unit or other property of the Owner/Agent, and may be held liable for costs associated with any necessary remediation. Animal shall be fed and the food stored in a way that does not attract pests or cause damage.

Use of the grounds or other common areas of the property for defecation or urination purposes is prohibited unless specifically authorized by Owner/Agent. Any “mess” created by Animal shall immediately be cleaned up by Resident, or by someone at the Resident’s direction. Resident must provide and maintain an appropriate litter box, if applicable.

In the event that Owner/Agent, contractor, or maintenance personnel need access to the unit, Resident shall ensure that the Animcoal will be appropriately confined and/or restrained so as not to create a threat or to interfere with the task being performed.

Resident shall be liable to Owner/Agent for all damage or expenses incurred by or in connection with Animal, and shall hold Owner/Agent harmless and indemnify Owner/Agent for any and all damages or costs in connection with Animal.

Resident must notify Owner/Agent in writing if the approved Animal is no longer needed as a Service/Comfort Animal or is no longer in residence.

Guarantors/Co-Signers Policy+

Guarantors/Co-Signers Policy

Guarantors (co-signers) will be accepted for applicants who do not meet the required credit score or landlord history. If the applicant does NOT make the required amount of gross monthly income, they may NOT have a cosigner to be used for calculation of available income. Students that are currently in college, may have a parent or guardian who will be the completely responsible party for rent payment, and will have to be screened as a gurantor. Monthly gross income must be a minimum .22/rent amount. Only one guarantor per applicant is permissible.

Guarantors are ONLY accepted for college students or meet the criteria outlined in applicants With No Credi Score Policy.

  • For guarantor-supported applications, guarantor must be employed and will be required to complete the application and pay a full application fee. Guarantors must have a gross monthly income .22 divided by times of the monthly rent and meet all other qualifying criteria identified in this screening policy. The guarantor must execute the Residential Lease Guaranty form at the time of submitting the rental application. Guarantors may be relatives, or an employer; friends may not serve as a Guarantors. Guarantors are to be presented at initial application. If an applicant is denied, they must wait 45 days to restart application process. If a Guarantor is added after applicant denial, Manager approval is required to waive the 45 day waiting period and approve with the Guarantor.
  • Guarantors for people with no credit score must be able to:

    Be working at time of application

    Must be able to show income at 4 times the rent amount AFTER THEIR OWN EXPENSES HAVE BEEN MET

    Must not be in bankruptcy

    Must not have had a bankruptcy within the last 4 years

    Must not have had disposessories within the last 4 years

It is to be understood, a guarantor is the person Financially Responsible for Lease Payments and all consequences resulting in being a Financially Responsible Party.

Minimum Age Policy for Applicants+

Age of Lease Holders Policy

Lease Holder Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Anyone under the age of 21 will need to have a co-signer who will be responsible for the lease.

Falsification Of Application Policy+

Falcification of Application Policy

Any falsification in Applicant’s paperwork will result in the automatic denial of application and applicant will not be given the option to reapply. In the event that an applicant falsifies his/her paperwork such as proof of income, ID, employer or landlord verifications, applicant will forfeit all deposits and fees paid.

Denials Policy+

Handling Denials Policy

Once an application is denied, it is removed from our system within 7 days. If you are not approved, we will send you a letter via email to the email address you provided on your application with an explanation for the denial and information where you can obtain a copy of your reports.

  • If you did not provide supporting documents to ALH|Podland within 72 hours from application date, your application will be voided
  • If you have not paid your application fee, your application will be denied
  • If you, or any one person in a group (family) is denied, the whole group (family) is denied
  • If you or your group have been denied, you or anyoneone in the group may NOT re-apply for any property for 30 days from the date of denial
  • If you falcified any information on the application or supporting documents, your application will be denied
  • If you have not been able to provide verifiable id in accordance with our policy, your application will be denied
  • If you can not provide your documented income with documents ALH|Podland can verify based on the criteria listed in other paragraphs above, your application will be denied. Please see acceptable Proof of income in "Proof of Income and Income Requirements"
  • If you have not been able to provide verifiable proof of income in accordance with our policy, your application will be denied
  • If your employer and employment can not be verified in accordance with our policy, your application will be denied
  • If you have an active bankruptcy, your application will be denied
  • If you have a bankruptcy of less than four years from discharge date, your application will be denied
  • If you have disposessory actions or landlord law suits in your history that are less than 4 years old and do not qualify for an exception listed in our policy, your application will be denied
  • If you have evictions on your record that are less than 4 years old, your application will automatically be denied
  • If you or anyone in your household is a registered sex offender, your application will be denied
  • If you have criminal records (in accordance with our policy) or anyone in your household, your application will be denied

Approvals Policy+

Approvals and Processing Policy

Approvals are good for 24 hours from the approved date. If a lease is not signed and a holding and administrative fees are not paid within 24 hours of approval; approval offer becomes null and void.

We will NOT hold a property for someone who has not signed a lease or paid their holding fee within 24 hours of approval.

Properties are NOT held for anyone over 14 days

We will continue to market the property until the holding fee is paid, and if not paid within the required time frame, the next approved applicant will be offered the property.

Holding Fees Policy+

Holding Fee Policy

Holding Fee will hold your property for you until you move in, but no more than 14 days from the date of approval. If you DO NOT move into the property after the 14 day period, your holding fee will FORFEITED (lost), but held by ALH|Podland as damages for taking the property off the market, loss of marketing time and loss of rents.

If the holding fee is not paid within 24 hours of approval, the offer to rent is null and void. If you do choose to go ahead with the lease, your holding fee will become your SECOND months full rent payment (unless you are moving in on the 1st day of the month). Upon your payment of the holding fee, the property will be removed from the market and will no longer be advertised/marketed for rent.

If you change your mind, your circumstances change, and you DO NOT move-in into your approved home, you will FORFEIT (loose) your holding fee.

Lease Variations Policy+

Lease Variations Policy

Applicants With Licensed In Home Care Business ALH|Podland Realty Does Not Lease Properties To Applicants Who Operate In-Home Care Centers.

Insurance Leases ALH|Podland Realty does not accept insurance leases or any type of short term (under 12 months) housing leases.

Pet Policies+

Pet Handling Policy

Fish tanks over 1 gallon in size are not allowed at any property at any time. Depending on the property and the property owners requirements for that property, dogs under 25lbs may be accepted if they are:

  • A friendly breed
  • Are house trained
  • Have all of their vaccines
  • Don't present a nuisance for the neighbors (such as constant or loud barking)
  • Only if the property owner allows animals on the property
  • Only one dog per property
  • No other animals, no cats, no snakes, no birds, no mice, except for service animals are allowed.

A non-refundable pet fee (not a deposit) of $350.00 will be charged if the animal is approved. Additional $30 per month pet rent required. PRIOR Approval required. Photo and veterinary records of animal must be provided with the application. Pet photo, age, name, weight must be provided prior to approval. Please see above our "Service Animal" policy. Fees and rent do not apply to service animals.

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