Setting Up Your Online Rental Application
Online rental applications give you the power to conveniently collect and organize your rental applicants’ information so you can quickly approve the most qualified tenant for your properties.
Any rental applicant data collected with the online rental application created in your Rentec Direct account is securely stored within your software. This article reviews how to customize your online rental application.
Customize Your Online Rental Application
Rentec Direct gives you tons of customization options for your rental application. Make sure that your rental application complies with your federal, state, and local landlord-tenant laws.
In your Rentec Direct account:
- Click on the Settings tab.
- Click on the Rental Applications section.
- Select the Yes radio button next to Enable online applications at the top of the page, if you would like your rental applicants to be able to apply online.
- Go through the Application Defaults and select which questions and information you'd like to collect on your online rental application.
- Click the Save Changes button.
Collecting Application Fees Online
You have the option to collect application fees online. Please check with your federal, state, and local laws about how much you are legally allowed to charge for application fees and how those fees must be managed.
In order to collect application fees online, you must set up an EasyPay Merchant Account.
Instructions on how to set up an EasyPay Merchant account for collecting rent online can be found here: Online Payment Processing - EasyPay Merchant
Application Fees Cost
Once you have activated your Rentec Direct EasyPay Merchant Account, all Application Fees collected will be deposited into the bank account that you have configured on each property as the Income Account.
You will be invoiced a 2.95% convenience fee by Rentec Direct. To have the applicant cover the cost of the convenience fee, you will want to mark up the amount of the Application Fee that you charge.
Using your Online Rental Applications and Other Marketing Tools
Once you have customized your online application, you can find more information on using the marketing tools in your Rentec Direct account.
Create an Online Rental Ad
Promote your rental vacancies and find your next qualified rental applicant with a beautifully created online rental advertisement. Prospects will be able to apply directly from the rental ad with your online rental application.
Instructions for setting up an online rental ad can be found here: Marketing your Rental Through Online Listings
Organizing Online Rental Applications that have been Submitted
Once a prospect has submitted a rental application online, you can view their application, approve an applicant, deny an applicant, and order tenant screening reports within your Rentec Direct account.
Instructions on how to manage online rental applications that you have received can be found here: Managing Rental Applications
Blank Rental Application Form
You can find a blank, generic rental application to print out and provide to rental applicants here: Rental Application Form
Important Note: Each state has its own legal requirements for rental applications. You may need to modify the example document to meet your state requirements before using it.