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RENTAL APPLICATION POLICIES & Q&A
Thank you for considering Sierra Vista Realty as your housing provider. We are dedicated to serving our clients and our community. We are obligated to ensure that the properties we manage are rented and maintained in a careful, consistent, and professional manner. We hope that one of our properties will become your next home. We invite you to view any of the homes on our availability list by appointment and by viewing the property pictures/virtual tours on our Rent List: www.SierraRent.com to determine if they fit your standards.
Interested in applying for one of our rentals? You may apply for a home “ONLINE” on our website by clicking on the “Apply Now” button on the property you like. You may also apply in our office using our Rental Kiosk or by a paper application available in our office. Along with the application, you must also provide a Copy of your Driver’s license or State ID and supply copies of your most recent paycheck stubs. Please note that applications will not be processed without the paid application fee. If you do not provide all of the supporting documentation may result in a delay in processing your application or the denial of your application.
Rental Application Policy
A Sierra Vista Realty online “Rental Application” is required from EACH person over 18 years of age who will be residing on the property. Sierra Vista Realty “Rental Application” must be completed in its entirety, be signed by the Applicant (s), and be submitted with a $50 application fee; paid online via a credit or debit card or in person with certified funds; money order or cashier’s check made payable to Sierra Vista Realty. Sierra Vista Realty will not process incomplete application(s), nor will the Applicant be considered for the available property and the property will remain on the market.
Sierra Vista Realty requires a payment of $50.00 per Applicant over 18, which is to be used to screen the Applicant concerning credit history and other background information and to offset the costs associated with the processing of the Applicant’s application. If an actual credit report has been processed for the Applicant, the credit check(s) fee will not be refunded for any reason. If an actual credit report has not been processed for the Applicant, the credit check fee will be refunded within ten (10) business days from the date of deposit into the Sierra Vista Realty account. Please note that applications will not be processed without the application fee paid.
Policies on pets vary according to the property. Most properties will allow up to two (2) pets less than 35 pounds and older than 18 months old. However, none of the properties permit cats and the following breeds of dogs that may prevent a homeowner from securing homeowner’s insurance: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, American Pit Bull, Rottweiler, or Siberian Husky (Exceptions: Assistive Animals Only). Pet deposits are strictly enforced. If a pet is approved there is a $250-dollar pet deposit that will be required to be paid before move-in or before the pet is acquired. Animals are only allowed with prior approval of the property owner and Sierra Vista Realty. Upon move-out, the property must be professionally treated for odor. As a pet owner, you must accept full responsibility for your pet. The ability to have a pet is considered a privilege and not a right. Pets must be approved through PetScreening.com.
Sierra Vista Realty reviews four (4) areas of the completed Application Package during the qualification process – Credit History, Criminal History, Rental/Ownership History, and Income Level. To qualify for the available property with Sierra Vista Realty, the Applicant must have a minimum of two (2) years of established credit history in good standing, Two (2) years of verifiable references from present and previous landlord, and gross income of approximately (3) three times the monthly rent amount. Married couples and related residents over 18 may combine income. All non-related persons must each meet the income requirement individually. We must be able to verify your employment history. If you are self-employed, we will need tax returns for the last 2 years or verification of income through bank statements. Proof of employment may be established by providing the last two (2) consecutive pay stubs. If you are combining incomes to qualify, please provide a source of income for each Applicant. Proof of income may be established by providing a copy of the offer letter of employment from the Applicant’s new company or by providing bank statements with balances equivalent to or greater than the gross income requirement listed above.
If the Applicant does not meet the above qualifications standards, in some cases, the following cures may be used at the sole discretion of the Homeowner only.
Guarantors/Co-signers, in some cases, may be used to cure lack of credit, insufficient gross monthly income (within $1,000.00) of the required amount), little or no rental history, or lack of stable income for six (6) months or longer. Guarantors/Co-signers will not work for bad credit or accounts in collection. A Higher Security Deposit of no more than 1+1/2 times the rental amount, in some cases, may be used to cure lack of credit, insufficient gross monthly income (within $1,000.00 of the required amount), little or no rental history, or lack of stable income for six (6) months or longer.
If the Applicant knows they have something derogatory in their application package, please be prepared to be denied. Applicant(s) should not apply unless they are certain they want the property.
Please be advised that Sierra Vista Realty will obtain, on behalf of the owner, credit and criminal report for EACH Applicant over 18 years of age who will be residing on the property. By signing the “Rental Application” online (digitally) or on paper the Applicant authorizes Sierra Vista Realty and/or agent(s) to obtain credit, criminal, eviction, and sex offender report(s), to contact Applicant’s present and previous employer(s), bank(s), personal reference(s) and Applicant’s presents and previous landlord(s). Sierra Vista Realty uses an outside agency/vendor to process all application packages. Generally, during normal business hours, the credit report is obtained within 24-48 hours after processing has begun. The lengthiest part of the application process is reference verification. If Applicant knows that one or more of their references may be difficult to contact, please let Sierra Vista Realty know in advance or provide alternate contact telephone numbers. Additionally, if there is anything negative on the Applicant’s credit history or if Applicant’s employer, present, and or/previous landlord(s) would not recommend the Applicant as a resident, then, please provide a detailed explanation with the completed application package. We do not rent to anyone as leaseholders with open collections accounts, liens, judgments, or open bankruptcies.
Bankruptcy, Evictions and Judgments
Bankruptcy – may be cured with a guarantor or higher security deposit if the bankruptcy has been discharged or has occurred at least three (3) years ago and all current obligations have been paid promptly. Eviction – Applicants may not qualify for a property with Sierra Vista Realty if they have ever been evicted; Evictions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and will only qualify with the owner’s written consent. Judgments – If Applicant has any judgment(s), the Applicant will be required to pay the judgment amount in full, provide proof of payment, and may be required to provide a guarantor and/or higher security deposit amount.
Guarantor Qualifications Policy
To qualify as a Guarantor for an Applicant with Sierra Vista Realty, Guarantor must have five (5) years of excellent to good credit history. The guarantor will not qualify as a Guarantor with a negative credit history. Additionally, Guarantor must have at least five times (5X’s) the monthly rental rate in verifiable gross income. All income must be verifiable and must have been stable for at least six (6) months or longer.
All occupants over 18 will be checked. No one convicted of a violent or property crime, or any recent felony, will be approved.
Processing your Application
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. Processing is typically completed within 1 to 2 business days. Being a representative of the owner, and working in their best interest, we will choose the best application if more than one has applied.
Acceptance of Application/Verbal Approval/Lease Signing
After your application has been approved; earnest money will be required to take the property off the market. The house will remain on the market until earnest money is received. Earnest money must be paid by money order or cashier’s check. No cash or personal checks are accepted. Once the earnest money is received, any other applications on the same property will be held in backup status. You will then be contacted to schedule an appointment to sign your lease agreement.
If Sierra Vista Realty approves Applicant, Applicant agrees to execute Sierra Vista Realty Tenancy Agreement and all incorporated addenda for the property before move-in date and agrees to pay the first (1st) month’s rent (pro-rated if a move-in date other than the 1st of the month) and all required security and pet deposits.
Applicant agrees that ALL parties to the Tenancy Agreement be present together at one specified time during Sierra Vista Realty, normal business hours Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5:00 pm to sign the Tenancy Agreement.
Earnest Money is good faith money (that gets applied toward your move-in costs) that you will rent the property if we take it off the market. Earnest money equal to fifty percent (50%) of the listed monthly rental rate is required once the Applicant/Applicants have been approved. The house will remain on the market until earnest money is received and will hold the property for up to 7 days. The amount of earnest money may vary from each property. However, the earnest money will never be less than $500.00. This earnest money is non-refundable should the tenant not take possession of the property on the date designated on the rental agreement. Methods of payment for the Earnest Money must be paid in certified funds; money order or cashier’s check made payable to Sierra Vista Realty.
Should the Applicant’s application be declined for any reason, the Applicant will be notified in writing via mail to the current address listed on the application or via email.
First Month’s Rent Policy
The first (1st) month’s rent will be due and payable when the tenancy agreement is signed and is a pro-rated rental amount based upon the tenancy agreement start date. Payment for the first (1st) month’s rent must be paid by certified funds (cashier’s check or money order ONLY!), made payable to Sierra Vista Realty before the move-in date.
Security Deposit Policy
Sierra Vista Realty, standard security deposit is generally between to one and one and a half month’s rental rate plus pet deposit if applicable, which will be due upon move-in. All deposits must be paid in full upon move-in and by certified funds (cashier’s check or money order ONLY!) , made payable to Sierra Vista Realty. The security deposit is not to be used as last month’s rent.
Equal Housing Opportunity Property
We do Business in Accordance with the Fair Housing Act. (The Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended by the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988). IT SHALL BE ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANY PERSON BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, (PHYSICAL OR MENTAL) DISABILITY, FAMILIAL STATUS (HAVING ONE OR MORE CHILDREN), OR NATIONAL ORIGIN. In the sale or rental of housing or residential lots, In advertising the sale or rental of housing, In the financing of housing, In the appraisal of housing, In the provision of real estate brokerage services, Blockbusting is illegal Anyone who feels he or she has been discriminated against should send a complaint to: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Washington, D.C. 20410.
RENTAL PROPERTY LISTINGS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. ALL INFORMATION SHOULD BE VERIFIED WITH THE RENTAL AGENT. Broker and Agents represent the property owner. City rental tax, where applicable, is payable in addition to the rental price. Rental prices reflect contract terms of a one-year lease, and approval of tenancy is based on approved credit.
For prospective tenants
How do I know what rental homes are available through Sierra Vista Realty?
Rental homes available through Sierra Vista Realty may be seen on the Sierra Vista Realty website or Brad Snyder’s website.
Can I rent a home before I get to town?
Sierra Vista Realty highly recommends not renting properties “Sight Unseen” however, because of the high number or potential renters moving here from out of the area who would like to move directly into a rental home upon arrival, we will work with tenants who choose to rent a home sight unseen. We put as many pictures as possible and a virtual tour of our homes online to help give the best representation of the property.
What is earnest money?
Earnest Money is good faith money (that gets applied toward your move-in costs) that you will rent the property if we take it off the market. Earnest money equal to fifty percent (50%) of the listed monthly rental rate is required once the Applicant/Applicants have been approved. The house will remain on the market until earnest money is received and will hold the property for up to 14 days. The amount of earnest money may vary from each property. However, the earnest money will never be less than $400.00. This earnest money is non-refundable should the tenant not take possession of the property on the date designated on the rental agreement. Methods of payment for the Earnest Money must be paid in certified funds; money order, or cashier’s check made payable to Sierra Vista Realty.
Are security deposits required?
Yes, Sierra Vista Realty collects a security deposit, typically in an amount equal to one month’s rent. Security deposits are considered the tenant’s property until the tenant surrenders the property to Sierra Vista Realty.
At no time during the rental agreement may security deposits or pet deposits be used by the tenant, the property owner, or Sierra Vista Realty for the payment of rent, maintenance, repairs, or any outstanding charges as may exist on the tenant’s account.
How do I actually see a rental home managed by Sierra Vista Realty?
Call us at (520) 458-4388 or stop by our office located at 301 N. Garden Ave (just outside the main gate of Fort Huachuca) to make an appointment to see the rental home or homes you are interested in.
How do I submit an application for a rental home managed by Sierra Vista Realty?
The application for tenancy is available on the “Homes For Rent” page. Click on the “Apply Now” button for the home you like. Typically, once all information is received along with your application fee(s), the application process is completed within 24-48 hours.
If my application is approved, how soon may I move in?
In most cases, our vacant homes are available for occupancy within two days of an applicant being approved for tenancy. Though we attempt to address maintenance and repair issues within five (5) days of when the former tenant moves out, there is always the possibility that something was missed. If that is the case and the issue is discovered during the final inspection, we’d prefer to complete the maintenance or repair before your take possession of the home. Only in exceptional cases would this require more than an extra day or two.
Who pays for the utilities and public services?
With rare exceptions, the tenant will be responsible for paying all utilities and public services. Sierra Vista Realty requires proof that such services have been placed in the tenant’s name before the tenant takes possession of the rental home. If a service provider does not invoice anyone but the owner or agent, Sierra Vista Realty will collect payment for these services from the tenant in advance.
All real estate advertised herein is subject to the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation, or discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin, or intention to make such preference, limitation, or discrimination.
It is the policy of Sierra Vista Realty to comply with Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended (commonly known as the Fair Housing Act) by ensuring that all units are available to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, and sex. Sierra Vista Realty understands further that local ordinances may include other protected classes. This policy means that, among other things, our company and all of our agents and employees that have responsibility for renting, managing, or administering any dwelling units must not discriminate in any aspect of the rental of dwellings against qualified applicants or tenants because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted on a state or local level. Our agents and employees may not:
- Refuse to rent, or negotiate for the rental of, ,or otherwise make unavailable or deny, a dwelling to any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted on a state or local level;
- Discriminate against any person in the terms, conditions, or privileges of rental of a dwelling, or in the provision of services or facilities in connection in addition to that, because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted on a state or local level;
- Make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, concerning the rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted on a state or local level; or
- Represent to persons because of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted on a state or local level that any dwelling is not available for inspection or rental when such dwelling is so available.
This Policy prohibits harassment or discrimination based on any protected classes identified above. Words or conduct that are related to any protected category, and are offensive to a recipient or reasonable person based on a person’s protected status, are prohibited and a violation of policy.
Applicants, residents, and employees are encouraged to report any violation of this Policy to a supervisor or other officer or manager of the Company for investigation and appropriate action. No retaliatory action will be taken against any person who reasonably and in good faith reports words or conduct that he or she believes may violate this Policy. No retaliatory action will be taken against any individual who in good faith assists or participates in any investigation, proceeding, or hearing relating to a harassment or discrimination complaint.
Any action taken by an agent or employee that results in unequal service, treatment, or behavior to applicants or tenants based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, or additional protected classes as instituted at a state or local level may constitute a violation of state and federal fair housing laws.
Any agent or employee who fails to comply with this Policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
When it comes to buying, selling, or leasing a home or renting property, several state and federal laws were enacted to ensure equal opportunity in housing for all people. The Civil Rights Act of 1866 prohibits all racial discrimination in the sale or rental of property. Moreover, the Fair Housing Act declares a national policy of fair housing throughout the United States, making illegal any discrimination in the sale, lease, or rental of housing or making housing otherwise unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.
Other laws also impact the purchase, sale, or lease of a home or renting an apartment. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in places of public accommodations and commercial facilities. The Equal Credit Opportunity Act makes discrimination unlawful concerning any aspect of a credit application based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age, or because all or part of the applicant’s income derives from any public assistance program.
In addition, state and local laws often provide broader coverage and prohibit discrimination based on additional classes not covered by federal law.
As a home seller or landlord, you have a responsibility and a requirement under the law not to discriminate in the sale, rental, and financing of property based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. You cannot instruct the licensed broker or salesperson acting as your agent to convey any limitations in the sale or rental because the real estate professional is bound by law not to discriminate. Agents in a real estate transaction also are prohibited by law from discriminating based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. They are prohibited from complying with a request from the home seller or landlord to act in a discriminatory manner in the sale, lease, or rental. Moreover, a home seller or landlord cannot establish discriminatory terms or conditions in the purchase or rental, deny that housing is available, or advertise that the property is available only to persons of a certain race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national original.
As someone seeking to purchase a home or rent an apartment, you have the right to expect that housing will be available to you without discrimination or other limitations based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. This includes the right to expect equal professional service, the opportunity to consider a broad range of housing choices, no discriminatory limitations on communities or locations of housing, no discrimination in the financing, appraising, or insuring of housing, reasonable accommodations in rules, practices, and procedures for persons with disabilities, and to be free from harassment or intimidation for exercising your fair housing rights.
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