Applying to Rent
Thank you for visiting McLean Company as you begin the search for your next rental home or apartment unit. We strive to be as clear and informative as possible upfront so that we can put all our prospective residents at ease and make this process as easy as possible.
To begin, please find a selection of our available properties by searching the vacancy listings and select apply to any property that meets your rental criteria. Prior to applying, we put together a list of important information and other common questions and answers.
Common Questions and Answers
Thank you for choosing to apply with a property managed by McLean Company. We strive to provide a high-quality experience to all our approved residents. Before applying, it is important to review our application criteria to confirm that you and any other occupants meet the requirements listed below.
McLean Company complies with all federal and state laws and regulations, including the Federal Fair Housing Act (FFHA) which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, familial status, religion, national origin, sex or handicap. We offer application forms to everyone who requests one and process each application to select the most qualified applicant if there are multiple.
Please be aware that the property will continue to remain actively listed for rent and we will continue to accept applications until there is an approved applicant who has signed a lease agreement. Applications may also be considered if an applicant does not intend to start their lease agreement within two weeks of the application submission, if the property or unit is vacant. If the property or unit is occupied, the applicant must be able to start the lease agreement within two weeks from the date of its first availability. Your application will remain valid for 30 days and is transferable to any property managed by McLean Company. Your application is not guaranteed to be approved and the application fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.
Once an application is submitted, we process and verify the information on a daily basis during Monday through Friday. Applications are not completed until all necessary information and documentation have been received. Any application that is not complete cannot be considered for approval.
Applicants must meet state requirements as well as McLean Company occupancy requirements which include but are not limited to the following:
Occupancy standard regarding the number of people residing in a dwelling unit is two persons per bedroom + 1 additional person
A dwelling unit that is defined as a studio and generally by definition does not include at least one private bedroom is a maximum of two persons’ total.
Approval is based on seven factors:
- Credit Score + History
- Identity Verification
- Income Verification
- Rental History
- Criminal Background Search
- Pet Policy
Application Criteria Detailed
Credit Report + History
The credit score is important, but not the only factor relative to approval. Credit score is a factor in receiving approval to rent, along with setting the security deposit requirement. Scores in the following ranges can expect the following if approved to rent:
- 675+ = advertised deposit
- 650-674 = 1.25x advertised deposit
- 600-649 = 1.5x advertised deposit
- 575-599 = 2x advertised deposit
- Less than 575 = Automatic Denial
Guarantors are eligible to help increase your credit score average if needed. Qualified guarantor’s credit score must be a minimum of 675. Group applications, including guarantor applications, are evaluated based on the average of the credit score.
For example: Applicant Credit Score = 500 + Guarantor Credit Score = 700, Average Credit Score = 600 used to determine both security deposit and approval to rent.
Credit history must show that the resident has paid bills on time and does not have a history of debt write-offs or accounts that have gone into collection. Residency may be denied due to poor credit history. If you have any open collections greater than two accounts and a combined $1,000 in aggregate outstanding debt, this is an automatic denial unless we receive proof of payment.
We must receive a government issued form of identification from all applicants. This can include driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, social security card and other government identification documents. In addition, we will audit social media, residential history and other public record searches to confirm information listed in application is true and correct. If the application contains any information that intentionally misconstrued or fabricated statements is subject to automatic denial of the application.
Verifiable Gross Monthly Income
Approval is subject to confirmation of monthly gross income from an unbiased source showing at least three (3) times the monthly income to the monthly rent. Additional occupants’ income may be combined to meet this requirement. Verifiable sources must always include a minimum of two statements such as pay stubs, payroll reports, bank statements, 1099 statements or other legally valid documentation showing proof of income. If the applicant is newly hired but has not received a current paystub yet, a written letter of hire and signed by employer detailing wage/salary, position and start date is required along with past two months bank statements.
All applicants are eligible for guarantors to increase verifiable gross income. Guarantor must have a minimum of 675 credit score and submit the same proof of income requirements.
*If you do not show proof of income or fail to meet the income requirement your application will be denied.
Applicants are responsible for providing information including the names, addresses and phone numbers of Landlords with dates of tenancy for the previous two years. Mortgage payment history will be considered if you owned rather than rented your previous residence during the past two years. In addition, there can be no history of evictions or damage to previous residences. Finally, the application will be scored based on other disparaging information such as late payments, insufficient notice to vacate, complaints, NSF fees and damage to property upon move out.
We require verifiable employment history for at least the past two years. You must be a permanent employee (not temporary or probationary). If you are self-employed, retired, or not employed, we can accept such documents as signed tax returns, bank statements, etc. that provide proof of applicant’s ability to pay the rent. If military, we need a current copy of your LES. If you are active-duty military, you must be on an assignment that, to the best of your knowledge, will allow you to complete an initial 12-month lease. Applicant's employment history should reflect at a minimum of 6 months with your current employer. Transfers or relocations must have correspondence showing an accepted job offer. Any verification fees required by the employer must be paid by the applicant.
We will check local and national criminal databases for all occupants 18 years of age and older. Failure to disclose any criminal history is grounds for denial of an application. Applicants must meet our minimal criminal history criteria, which include but are not limited to the following:
- Convicted criminals may be denied housing if the reason for their convictions clearly demonstrates that the safety of your residents and/or property are at risk.
- Applicants must have no felony convictions that are less than 10 years old which involve violent crimes against persons or property, including but not limited to murder, arson, kidnapping, assault, bomb related offenses, robbery or burglary, terrorism, or involvement in the manufacturing or distribution of drugs in any manner.
- All other felony convictions must be more than 5 years old.
- Conviction of any drug-related offenses involving possession only, or alcohol-related offenses, where no one was permanently injured or killed, must be at least 2 years old.
- Successful completion of any felony sentence at least 2 years ago, and no new criminal activity for at least 2 years before this application, is required.
- Applicants with any outstanding warrants will not be accepted.
- Situations are considered on a case-by-case basis otherwise known as an individual assessment
McLean Company understands that a pet plays a significant role in many people’s lives. (We are pet owners also). Please make sure the property you are applying for accepts pets. Polices on pets vary from property to property. A pet screening is required for all pets prior to being accepted. If no pets are disclosed on the application, the property owner or McLean Company has the right to refuse acceptance of future or undisclosed pets.
The following guidelines apply:
- All pets must be licensed and current on vaccinations. (Vaccination records must be submitted along with photos of pets at time of application).
- No aggressive or mixed aggressive breed dogs will be accepted. Please refer to the list below for a list of dog breeds not accepted.
- No ferrets, reptiles or rodents of any kind are permitted as pets.
- All birds must be confined in cages and not allowed to reside outside their cage.
- A $250 refundable deposit for each pet is required, in addition to the standard security deposit.
- A $250 non-refundable one-time pet fee administered upon lease execution.
- Unauthorized pets found on premises with be subject to a $500 one-time fine. This policy is strictly enforced. In addition, if the unauthorized pet is not approved or continues to be on the premises without authorization, a notice to comply or quit is sent and an eviction action pursued if no compliance by the resident.
List of Non-Acceptable Dog Breeds- 1). Breeds that are not acceptable are as follows- Pit bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Presa Canarios, Chow Chows, Doberman Pinschers, Akitas, Wolf-hybrids, Mastiffs, Cane Corsos, Great Danes, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, and any mix with these breeds. 2). Unauthorized pets found on premises with be subject to a $500 one time and $25 per day fine. This policy is strictly enforced.
**Please note this policy does not apply to any legal assistive animals.
If your application is denied due to unfavorable information received on your screening report, you may contact McLean Company to discuss your application and assist with correcting any untrue information.
HOW YOU CAN IMPROVE YOUR RENTAL SCORE:
Your rental score results from information found in your credit report, criminal history, references, and application data. Such information may include your history of paying bills and rent, the accounts you have, collections and delinquencies, income and debt. Your rental score may change if the underlying information it is based upon changes. To improve your score, concentrate on paying your bills on time, paying down outstanding balances, and removing incorrect information. Your chances of approval may also improve if you apply for an apartment with lower monthly rent, or use a guarantor or co-signer if permitted by Management
Important Lease Terms
Summary of Lease
- All leases are one year terms unless otherwise specified in the marketing description.
- Prior to the expiration of the initial lease term, we will begin the renewal process 90 days out so long as the resident is current in their rent and has had no other lease violations. Month-to-month is available on a case by case basis only.
- All charges are due on the 1st of the month, with a three day grace period. After the three day grace period, a late fee is applied.
Early Termination of Lease
If a resident must vacate prior to the end of their lease term, we provide two ways for a resident to terminate their lease early.
- A resident may terminate their lease early by paying the remainder of rent due on the lease agreement in one lump sum. For example, if a resident has two months left on their lease agreement, they can move-out early by providing notice of the early termination and paying the remaining two months of rent.
- A resident may also terminate early by providing notice that a new leaseholder is found. To begin the process, the current resident must pay an early termination fee equal to one month's rent. Next, we will begin to find a new leaseholder who must be approved per our application requirements. The current resident is responsible for rent due up until a new leaseholder starts their initial lease term.