RENTAL CRITERIA, requirements and information       

Western Associates Real Estate Services, Inc. does business in accordance with the “Fair Housing Act”.  Management will not refuse access to housing, accommodation, or other interests in property or otherwise discriminate against an applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, disability or national origin.

General requirements:

Each applicant must qualify individually based on credit and landlord history.  The income requirement can be met as a household. Denial of one application in a group, results in the denial of all applications.


Applications must be filled out completely and signed by applicant. Incomplete applications WILL NOT be accepted or processed.

  • Include a copy of your valid Government issued photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport, State ID Card, etc.)  Expired ID's cannot be accepted.
  • Application fee(s) of $25.00 per applicant must be paid upon submittal of application(s). We accept personal check, money order or cash (exact change only please).   This fee covers the cost of processing your application and obtaining a credit report.  Once the application has been processed, we cannot refund the application fee, but can provide you with a copy of your credit report upon request.

Income requirements:

Combined household (all applicants) income must equal at least two times (gross) the rental amount of the unit applying.  Verifiable income is required.  You are required to submit reasonable, reliable, and legal documentation on all income in the following forms:

  • Last payroll check stub (dated within the last two weeks).
  • Award letters (i.e. current financial aid, SSI, new employment offer letter).
  • Child/Spousal support (copy of a court order).
  • Self-employed persons/1099 employees must be verified through last years' personal income tax return. 
  • Bank Statements of any kind are NOT accepted as income verification.

Credit requirements:

All applicants must meet a minimum rental score (combined).  Applicants are submitted to National Tenant Network, a third-party rental applicant screening company. All applicants are evaluated based on a rental scoring system.  Rental scoring is based on real and statistical data such as payment history, quantity and type of accounts, outstanding debt, and age of accounts.  Every applicant is treated objectively because each application is scored statistically in exactly the same manner.
The rental scoring system will compare your application to National Tenant Network’s database, and by evaluating those statistics and real data in accordance with pre-established criteria set by Management, National Tenant Network will recommend one of the following:
Applicant group combined average score of 65+ - Accepted. The applicant group's credit will be accepted.

Applicant group combined average score of less than 65 - Denied. The applicant group's credit will not be accepted and the applicant group will be automatically denied. The applicants will be provided with contact information for the consumer reporting agencies that provided the consumer information.

Automatic Denials:

  • Giving false information is automatic grounds for denial.
  • Any applicant with an eviction (unlawful detainer) filing.
  • Applicant group credit score of less than a 65 (combined).
  • Rental history reflecting any unpaid past due rent or any property damage or disturbance.   Any collection by a property management company or landlord.
  • Applications that are incomplete, missing information, photo ID’s, income verification or application fee will not be accepted or processed.

We make every effort to process applications within 48 hours of submission; however processing can take several working days due to inability to contact previous/current landlords or employers.  Management reserves the right to decline applications on the basis of the inability to contact the references provided.

We may receive multiple applications for the property; we do not necessarily select the first application submitted.  Selection is based upon: proof of income, better credit history, better rental references, and move-in date.

**IF YOUR APPLICATION IS APPROVED - Within 24 hours of notification of application approval, you will be required to bring a reservation deposit in the form of a cashier’s check or money order to the Western Associates’ office during our business hours.  The rental agreement will be available at this time for you to read and sign.  All applicants must read and sign the rental agreement prior to move-in and receiving keys to the unit.

**ALL move-in funds are required to be in the form of a cashier’s check or money order ONLY, no exceptions.**

Please note: A renters' insurance policy with a liability minimum of $100,000 is required at the time of move-in.  Western Associates is to be listed as "Additional Insured" on the policy.

Thank you for your interest in one of our rental properties.  Please contact the office if you have any further questions regarding our rental criteria and requirements.



Telephone: 831-688-0238
Fax: 831-662-8830
California DRE License #01252754
Equal Opportunity Housing Provider