Download Rental Application for California – Requirements and Procedure


A California landlord should always have a prospective tenant complete a rental application.  This rental application will require the tenant to answer questions that will help the landlord make an educated decision on whether or not to rent to the prospective tenant, and will also aid the landlord in the event that an eviction needs to be filed.  The landlord must, however, be cautious not to discriminate or violate any laws when asking questions on the California rental application.  My law office offers a Rental Application for download that can be used by California landlords.

The following should be asked of all prospective tenants:

  1. Who is your current employer, including address and telephone number?
  2. What is your current salary, and how long have you worked at your current job?
  3. What are your sources of income (other than your salary from work)?
  4. What are your current liabilities and expenses?
  5. Provide the name, address, and telephone of your previous landlord’s for the last 3 years.
  6. Why did you move from your last rental unit?
  7.  Please provide 3 references who are unrelated to you.
  8. Please provide the names and birthdates of all persons who will live in the rental unit.
  9. Please provide the name of relatives or others to contact in the event of an emergency.
  10. Please provide your consent for the landlord to contact your references and verify the contents of this application, including your work.
  11. What is your driver license number?
  12. What is your bank account number, and which bank do you use, and which branch was your account opened in?
  13. What is the make, model, year, and license plate of your car?
  14. Consent to obtain a credit report and prior evictions check.

A landlord may NOT inquire into the prospective tenant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, or disability.

Do you need a rental application to use with your rental unit in California?  Contact my firm today.  We offer a basic template for a very economical price.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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