The United State's population of immigrants is growing rapidly and a common question for many immigrants is whether or not they are allowed to rent an apartment. We’ll answer that question and provide details as to what immigrants should expect when planning to rent an apartment.
As a non-citizen, renting an apartment is a possibility; however, the proper paperwork and background checks must be completed before being approved for residency. Here are some of the things a non-citizen applicant will need before beginning their application.
Passport or State-Issued Identification
When applying to be a tenant at an apartment, one of the things the landlord will need is a valid passport or state-issued ID. The landlord or property manager needs to ensure that you are who you claim to be. This is true of any individual looking to rent an apartment, regardless of citizenship status.
Proof of Immigration Status
While at first glance it may seem discriminatory for a landlord or property manager to request proof of immigration status, it’s important to keep in mind that these individuals need to know if their tenants are legally allowed to reside in their buildings for the time stated on the contract. If for example the signed contract is for 12 months of residency, but the immigrant’s documentation only allows them to be in the US for nine months, there would be no way for the immigrant to uphold the contract legally.
If an immigrant is unable to uphold the terms of a lease agreement, the application will likely be denied. Therefore, it is important to have proof of immigration status so that management can confidently approve the application.
Proof of Income
Income is one of the many things that a potential landlord will look at to determine your eligibility to rent from them. Simply put, they need to ensure you will be able to pay up when the rent is due. Landlords and property managers don’t want to spend time tracking you down to get the money they are owed. Landlords are typically looking to verify that your rent won’t exceed more than 30% of your total income.
Once you provide a valid ID, proof of immigration status, and proof of income, you should be able to complete your application. If you are approved, the last thing you will need to provide is a security deposit.
A security deposit is essentially insurance to the landlord in the case you are unable to pay rent, or you cause damage to the property. If you are in good standing with the landlord at the end of your lease term, you will get your security deposit back.
Hopefully, now you have a good understanding of what is necessary to rent an apartment as an immigrant to the United States. If you’re in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and are looking for an apartment to call home, come check out Cleveland Crossing Luxury Apartments! If you have any questions about the renting process, don’t hesitate to give us a call or contact us online.