Application Process

HOW DO I APPLY TO LIVE IN ONE OF FMG’S HOMES?

Residential Leasing and Property ManagementEvery adult 18 years and older that will be living in the home needs to fill out a Rental Application.  Applications are available at our office, from a Leasing Agent, or here online

Application fees are as follows:  1st application is $50.00 cash; each additional application will be $20.00 cash (i.e. John Smith-$50.00; Joan Smith-$20.00; Betty Smith-$20.00).  These fees are non-refundable.  PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE APPLICATION FEE.

WHAT DOES FMG DO WHEN THEY PROCESS AN APPLICATION?

We do three (3) things:

  1. Run a Credit Report - FMG is looking for applicants with good credit and solid payment history.  Applicants with lower credit scores may be asked for an increased Security deposit.
     
  2. Check Rental History - it is imperative that you provide FMG with contact information for your current and/or previous landlords; if you are able to provide us with a letter or written payment history from your landlord, your application can be processed faster.
     
  3. Verify Employment - FMG wants to be sure that the combined incomes of the applicants are at least three times the monthly rental amount.  If possible, please provide a copy of your last two pay stubs as proof of employment.  Military applicants need to provide a copy of their LES.

ARE PETS OK?

In most cases, Yes. It depends on what type of pet and how many you have.  There are certain breeds of dogs that are not allowed under any circumstances.  You will need to submit a photo of your pet with your Rental Application.  Each pet must be pre-approved by the Owner of the property you are applying for. There is a non-refundable Pet Fee that you will be required to pay upon move in.  PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE PET FEE. THIS FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE FORM OF CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.

HOW MUCH WILL IT COST TO MOVE IN?

Along with the Application Fee, Security Deposit and Pet Fee (if applicable), you will need to pay an Administration Fee of $25.00, in addition to the first month’s rent (or pro-rated rent amount depending on which day of the month you choose to move in). This can be paid when you sign your lease and get the keys. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE FIRST MONTH’S RENT. FIRST MONTH’S RENT MUST BE PAID IN THE FORM OF CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Income Requirements: Applicants must have a combined income of at least three times the monthly rent.  We reserve the right to require a co-signer.  A minimum of two years residential history is required.  Self-employed applicants are required to produce, upon request, two years of tax returns or 1099’s. Non-employed individuals must provide proof of income. All sources of other income must be verifiable if needed to qualify for a rental unit.

Credit Reporting: Our company policy is to report all non-compliances with the terms of your rental agreement or failure to pay rent as agreed, or any amounts owed to any or all of the various credit reporting agencies and to list your name in the Jacksonville Landlord tenant database.

Background Investigation Requirements:  Criminal records must contain no convictions for felonies within the past seven years and no sexual offenses ever.  In the event a record comes back “adjudication withheld” further documentation may be required and applicant may be denied on this basis.

Rental/Mortgage Requirements:  Previous rental history from landlords must reflect timely payment, sufficient notice of intent to vacate, no complaints regarding noise, disturbance or illegal activities, no unpaid NSF checks, and no damage to unit or failure to leave the property clean and without damage at time of lease termination.

Smoking Policy: All of our properties are strictly NON-SMOKING properties.

Pet Policy: No pets (with the exception of medically necessary pets-physician’s note accompanied) of any kind are permitted without specific written permission of landlord by or through an addendum to the lease, a non-refundable pet fee acceptable to landlord and/or additional pet fee. Pet fee is waived for medically necessary pets. Pet fees are established on a per property basis.  Absolutely no aggressive breeds will be accepted. Pictures of dogs must accompany the application.  PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE PET FEE. THIS FEE MUST BE PAID IN THE FORM OF CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER.

Security Deposit Requirements:  Applicants are required to pay a deposit while your application is being processed or the dwelling will not be reserved. If our company does not receive all necessary paperwork within 72 hours of application, deposit will be returned and property will be placed back on the rental market. WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REQUIRE AN ADDITIONAL DEPOSIT AND/OR ADDITIONAL PREPAID RENT. THE DEPOSIT MUST BE IN THE FORM OF CASHIER’S CHECK OR MONEY ORDER. PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR THE SECURITY DEPOSIT.

Applicants will not be accepted on “a first-come, first-served basis” and based on the terms of FMG Agreement with the Owner, Broker shall screen applicants based on qualifications and owner needs.

**By completing and submitting this application along with a deposit, the applicant is making a commitment to rent a particular property. If the applicant chooses to retract this application FOR ANY REASON, said deposit is forfeited and is not eligible to be refunded.

** If the application is approved and applicant is notified of same and the applicant fails to enter into a lease agreement, the applicant shall forfeit the submitted deposit.

Liquid Furniture: Liquid furniture is acceptable provided that the home is structurally safe for the weight and the applicant provides proof of insurance naming the owner and property administrator, if any, as beneficiary of any claim paid.  The applicant will be responsible for 100% of any repairs and or replacements that are caused by liquid furniture malfunctions or abuse.

Occupancy Requirements:  the number of occupants must be in compliance with HUD standards and guidelines for the applied for unit.  The standards are as follows:

  •         No more than 2 persons may occupy a 1-bedroom dwelling
  •         No more than 4 persons may occupy a 2-bedroom dwelling
  •         No more than 6 persons may occupy a 3-bedroom dwelling
  •         No more than 8 persons may occupy a 4-bedroom dwelling

No Verbal Agreements:  Any exceptions to our criteria must be submitted in writing to the landlord for consideration.  If approval is then given for such exceptions, additional security, co-signers, and/or additional advance rent payments may be required.  No verbal agreements will be executed or honored.  Any agreements must be in writing and signed by both parties.