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Before you apply, please take the time to review this Statement of Rental Policy. For the purpose of this document, the term “applicant” is defined as the person or persons who will be signing the lease as the “resident”, the term “occupant” is defined as the person or persons who are authorized occupants under the lease. Please note that some of the criteria apply to the applicants only, while other criteria apply to all occupants. So be sure to pay close attention when reading this document so you know what will apply to you.
To qualify as a resident, applicants must be 18 years or older. This is the current rental criteria for this community; we can’t however guarantee or representation that all residents and occupants have met these requirements. This is because there may be individuals that were already residing in this community prior to this criteria coming into effect. The ability to verify if these requirements are met is also limited to the reliability of information received from applicants or outside services used.
We need to obtain verification of a satisfactory rental history for the past two years, which includes timely rent payments, proper notice of cancellation or non-renewal, no outstanding balances or history of lease violations. Previously evicted applicants will be declined. The head of the household must be 18 years or older, physically occupy the apartment, and meet all criteria.
Applicants will need to have their current and previous employment verified. We do make allowances for other sources of income such as alimony, child support, retirement income, commissions or tips — this will require written verification. “Offer letters” from a new or prospective employer will not be accepted as the sole source of employment history, as proof of previous employment prior to the “offer letter” will need to be provided. If the applicant is self-employed, written verification of two years income (such as tax returns) as proof of employment will need to be produced.
We use a third party to screen and verify all applications for residency. The third party provider uses an unbiased scoring model for all applicants that is uniform and fair. Once the third party provider evaluates all the information, they will give us a recommendation on whether the applicant meets the criteria. If the application is denied, you will receive information on how to contact the third party provider for any questions.
We are an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider. We do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, and do not discriminate against any person because of their race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. We also provide housing in accordance with all other state and local laws if they provide greater protection than the Federal Fair Housing Act.
Photo Identification Policy
Prior to viewing an apartment home, you must be able to produce a government issued photo identification. Valid forms of this include a driver’s license, military identification, passport, or government issues of photo identification.
All persons who are going on an apartment tour must also have a valid form of identification. This is to verify the actual identity of new residents, and reduce fraud in their application and leasing processes. All new residents will also need to provide their driver’s license in order to verify their identification prior to accessing their apartment.
Non-resident applicants will be asked for a USCIS ID card to verify their photo and to show they are allowed to be in the U.S. If a non-resident has documentation from the USCIS that doesn’t have a photo, we may need the applicant’s passport for photo identification purposes.
We may also need to photocopy a prospective resident’s or applicant’s photo identification to keep on file for verification purposes or criminal, credit history or rental history check.
All photo identification must be current and cannot be expired.
Applications for apartment homes will be accepted on a first come- first served basis and are subject to the availability of the particular apartment requested.
“Availability” doesn’t mean that an apartment will definitely be available for occupancy by an applicant at the estimated date. “Available” apartments include those where a “notice to vacate” has been submitted by an existing resident indicating an intention to vacate on or about a certain date. Under some circumstances, we will allow certain residents who are not in default of their lease to withdraw or change their notice of moving. Other circumstances that may not be under management’s control may also delay the date of availability of an apartment. In addition, an apartment may not be considered available because it is about to be placed under contract as an application has been made and a deposit placed to hold the apartment. If the applicant’s credit is not approved or if they fail to sign the lease by the specified date, then the apartment would then become available. Keep in mind that apartment availability can vary significantly within several hours.
One Bedroom: Maximum of 3 occupants
Two Bedrooms: Maximum of 5 occupants
Three Bedrooms: Maximum of 7 occupants
If federal, state or local laws, ordinances, guidelines or requirements conflict with our guidelines — federal, state or local laws, ordinances, guidelines will apply. If the number of people applying for a single apartment exceeds the properties occupancy guidelines, the application will be rejected for that particular size of apartment.
We allow for one satellite dish to be installed per apartment, in accordance with FCC and local access laws. Not all of our apartments are suitable for satellite reception, and we cannot guarantee that satisfactory transmission will be received. There are limitations on how and where the satellite dish can be installed, and the appropriate addendum must be signed. An additional general security deposit may be charged and a copy of the liability insurance in a coverage amount of $100,000 may also be required.
Fees and Deposits
Each applicant may need to pay a non-refundable fee for verification of information and credit approval. A good faith deposit can also be requested with the Application for Residency. A portion of that deposit will be non-refundable. If the application is accepted, the payment will be applied toward the required amounts. If for any reason the application is declined, management will refund the good faith deposit in full. If the applicant fails to sign the lease or take up occupancy on the dates agreed, management may retain the good faith deposit as liquidated damages for the amount of rent lost, and any expenses incurred due to the cancellation.
The household’s gross monthly income must equal to two and a half times the monthly rent. If a Lease Contract Guarantor is required or authorized, the guarantor gross monthly income must equal four times the monthly rent in order to qualify as guarantor. All monthly income will be verified. Income verification is required prior to final approval of the application for residency. One or more of the following documents must be submitted by the applicant or guarantor within 48 hours of the date of application: last two paycheck stubs, current bank statement showing recurring payroll deposits, last year’s income tax return. Due to the incidence of fraud in rental applications, we may request all verification documents to be tendered by the applicant in “hard copy” format. Applicants whose proof of income is bank statements showing cash deposits will need to provide verification of income via tax returns.
A complete credit check of each applicant will be made and will require a satisfactory rating.
Criminal Background Checks
Your signature on the Application for Residency authorizes us to check both your credit history and review your criminal history for any arrests or convictions. You and all occupants aged over 18 will be required to answer questions on your application stating whether you have been convicted or arrested of a crime, and if so, what that crime was, when and where it occurred and the disposition of that charge.
An unsatisfactory criminal background check will reveal conviction of or deferred adjudication of certain serious offenses may result in your application being denied.
However, not all crimes will disqualify you from living at Drewery Place. Crimes that result in denial of residency are those which pose a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of persons living and working in our community. Taking into account not only the type of crime, but also the circumstances under which it occurred.
In this regard, felony convictions (including adjudications based upon either guilty pleas or no contest pleas), indictments, arraignments or any charge or pending charge resulting in “Adjudication Withheld” or “ Deferred Adjudication; for any of the following crimes at any time by you or any proposed occupant over the age of 18, will result in denial of your application: (A) the illegal manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance under the Federal Controlled Substances Act or any similar state laws; (B) criminal acts against the elderly, children or minors, including enticing, endangering, injury to or obscenity with a child; ( C) arson, including arson resulting in injury; (D) murder (any class) including attempted murder; (F) manslaughter; (G) rape; (H) armed robbery; (I) vehicular homicide; (J) any sex crime, including but not limited to sexual assault, enticing, injury to or obscenity with a child, sexual molestation, obscenity, indecent exposure, public lewdness, prostitution, rape (including statutory rape) or listing on any local, state or federal database as a Sexual Predator or Offender; (K) indecent exposure; (L) compelling prostitution; (M) the illegal trafficking of persons; (N) property-related crimes, including breaking and entering, theft (which is defined to include both robbery & burglary), grand larceny, malicious injury to property, receiving stolen property, shoplifting, theft and vandalism; (O) violence-related crimes such as physical assault or assault with a weapon, battery, and kidnapping; or (P) major family-relations-related crimes such as abandonment, abuse or domestic violence.
A felony or misdemeanor conviction, indictment, arraignment or any charge or pending charge resulting in “ Adjudication Withheld” or “ Deferred Adjudication” for any of the following crimes listed herein by you or any proposed occupant obver the age of 18, may result in a denial of your application, if such occurred within the past seven (7) years; (A) terrorism or terrorism threat; (B) minor property-related crimes including but not limited to aiding and abetting theft, petty theft, trespass, fireworks-related crimes and tampering; (C) fraud-related crimes such as coutnerfeiting, credit card abuse, embezzlement, forgery, identity theft, insurance fraud, welfare fraud and the like; (D) computer/ telecommunications relates crimes such as cable theft, computer stalking, hacking anf the like; (E) minor family-relations-related crimes such as harboring a runaway child, non-support, truancy and the like; (F) obscenity; (G) criminal mischief over $200.00 or probation violation; (H) unlawful carrying of a weapon; (I) pornography; (J) crimes against animals, such as cruelty to animals; (K) crimes against public justice, such as assault on a police officer, contempt, delivering drugs or weapons to a prisoner and the like; (L) gambling-related crimes; (M) crimes related to organized crime; (M) certain alcohol-related crime such as DWI, DUI causing an injury and the like; or (N) the illegal possession of a controlled substances.
In such instances, prior to making a final decision, we will conduct an individualized assessment of any mitigating information you can share with us beyond what is contained in the individual’s criminal record, including: (1) the facts and circumstances surrounding the criminal conduct; (2) the age of the individual at the time of conduct; (3) evidence that the individual has maintained a good tenant history before and/or after the conviction or conduct; and (4) evidence of rehabilitation efforts.
In the event the criminal background check reveals any pending criminal cases, we may offer residency conditionally upon dismissal or favorable resolution of the charge. Upon conviction, the Lease Agreement will be terminated immediately. The fact that we perform criminal background checks does not mean that our residents and occupants have no prior or current criminal histories, and we cannot and do not guarantee that this community and its residents are free from crime. Verification of the accuracy of information supplied to or made available to us by the applicants and credit reporting services is limited.
All criminal background checks are performed in accordance with applicable federal and state laws, including all state and federal fair housing laws with respect to our criteria.
Open Carry Policy (Texas Properties)
Our community has adopted a policy of prohibiting anyone from entering our community while carrying a firearm in an open manner. We are not restricting the carrying of concealed handguns, nor are we prohibiting residents from having firearms in their units or transporting them between their units and their vehicles. Our policy is that no individual may enter any part of our property with a firearm that is carried openly. This policy is set forth in the Texas Apartment Association’s Lease Addendum for Carrying Handguns Onsite, restricting all individuals (even licensed holders) from openly carrying firearms on our property.
Proof of Renter’s Insurance is part of the property qualifying criteria to live in the community. Refer to the Community Information Sheet for the specific qualifying guidelines.
We use a third-party screening partner for all our residents and applicants. This screening process is required for everyone; even if you do not own a pet or animal because there are policies such as no pet visiting/sitting that need to be formally acknowledged. Upon completion of your rental application, you will receive a direct email from our pet screening partner for you to complete. Please note if you are seeking a reasonable accommodation request for your assistance animal, we recommend you submit your request through our third-party partner for additional confidentiality and security.
How Information is Collected
You will be providing some of your personal information (such as your Social Security or other governmental identification numbers) at a time you apply to rent from us.
This information will be on the rental application form or other document that you provide to us or to an apartment locator service, either on paper or electronically.
How and When Information is Used
We may use this information in the process of verifying statements made on your rental application, such as your rental, credit and employment history. We may use the information when reviewing any lease renewal. We may also use it to assist us in obtaining payment from you for any money you may owe us in the future. How the information is protected and who has access. In our company, only authorized persons have access to your Social Security or other governmental identification number. We keep all documents containing this information in a secure area, accessible only by authorized persons. We limit access to electronic versions of the information to authorized persons only.
How the Information is Disposed Of
After we no longer need your Social Security or other governmental identification numbers, we will store or destroy the information in a manner that ensures that no unauthorized person will have access to it. Our disposal method may include physical destruction or obliteration of paper documents or electronic files containing such information.
If you found us through a locator service, please be aware that locator services are independent contractors and are not our employees – even though they may initially process rental applications and fill out lease forms. You should require any locator service you use to provide you with their privacy policies, as well.
Equal Credit Opportunity Act
The Federal Equal Credit Opportunity Act prohibits creditors from discriminating against credit applicants on the basis of sex or marital status. The Federal Agency which administers compliance with this law concerning this company is: Equal Credit Opportunity, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 20580.
Lease Application Agreement
If my application is accepted and a lease signed by all parties, I understand the security deposit (pet and premises) will become my refundable security deposit upon meeting the terms of the Lease and Community Rules and Regulations. If for any reason, management decides to decline my application, then management will refund this good faith deposit and the non-refundable fees, excluding application fee, to me in full. If management accepts the application, but is unable to allow me to occupy the premises on the date agreed because of delay caused by construction or holding over of a prior resident, then I agree that my sole remedy shall be the return and refund of this good faith deposit and non-refundable fees including the application fee. I hereby waive any other right to damages against management or the owners of the property due to failure of management to provide the premises for occupancy. If I fail to occupy the premises on the agreed upon date, except for delay caused by construction or holding over of a prior resident, I understand that management shall assess as liquidated damages all deposits and fees (except pet deposit and non-refundable pet fee) paid to management through the date of proposed occupancy, including non-refundable application fee, security deposit, non-refundable administrative fee, and garage deposit, which amounts shall be considered liquidated damages and not a penalty to reimburse management for re-rental costs and expenses incurred due to any cancellation in view of the fact that the parties agree that such costs are difficult to ascertain. It is understood that I shall have 72 hours from the time and date of submitting this rental application in which to cancel this rental application and receive a return of the good faith deposit and non-refundable fees excluding the application fee. Any cancellation after 72 hours after submission of this application by the applicant shall incur the liquidated damages noted above unless management should decline my application. I further understand that all original forms are returned to management and verifications are completed prior to the move-in date.
THE LEASE AGREEMENT WILL NOT BECOME EFFECTIVE UNTIL THIS APPLICATION IS APPROVED BY MANAGEMENT. TITLE VII of the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT of 1996 makes discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, family status or national origin illegal in connection with the rental of most housing. The Federal agency which administers compliance with this law concerning this company: Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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