Introducing Apartments.com Rental Tools

With Apartments.com's Rental Tools, you can screen applicants, create leases, and collect rent for free, all in one place from your Apartments.com account


Accept Applications Online

Eliminate the back and forth by accepting applications online from interested renters.


With Rental Tools, your active listing will have an Apply button, so renters can apply directly from your listing. You'll quickly get all the information you need to choose the right renter, including income to rent ratio, employment status, household info, and rental history.   

Apply button on Apartments.com


Compare applications side by side

Receive all applications from each applicant, including roommates living together. Conveniently review and compare them in the applications dashboard. Once you've made your decision, you can take action immediately from the dashboard. 

→ See an example application

Application overview, showing accept application

→ Learn more about receiving applications and screening reports


Screen Applicants

Get all the information about your applicant to make an informed decision. 

Each application includes a TransUnion™ credit, criminal, and eviction reports. Applicants pay $24.99 to apply and run reports. It's free for you. 

Credit reports

You need more than just a credit score to understand an applicant’s financial situation. Easy-to-read credit reports, provided by TransUnion™, include a breakdown of an applicant’s total reported debt, detailed payment history for credit accounts, and employment and address history.

Applicants verify their identities and pay for their own reports, so you don’t have to collect application fees. Reports are run as “soft inquiries,” so they won’t negatively affect applicants’ credit. 

Background and eviction checks

Get critical applicant info in a single report. TransUnion™ searches national and county records for criminal, eviction, and sex offender histories.

TransUnion™’s national search capability scans all criminal records. They search national databases and county records to give you a more complete picture of your applicant.

→ Learn more about screening applicants


Online Rental Leases

Secure your property with a state-compliant lease, tailored to your unit, using our online builder.


Create a customized lease

Our online lease builder will guide you step by step through the lease generation process. Answer some questions along the way so the wizard can incorporate the specifics of your rental property.

Click here to see a sample lease.

Reviewed by experts

Our lease forms were created in consultation with industry and local jurisdiction experts, so wherever your property is located, the lease will be customized to your locale.

Convenient e-signatures

When you and your tenant are ready to close the deal, you can conveniently sign all lease documents with electronic signatures. If anything changes, you can make changes to the lease online.

→ Learn more about leases


Automatic Online Payments

Conveniently receive deposits, monthly rent payments, and other bills directly in your bank account.


The easiest way to get paid

Get paid with automatic payments to your bank account every month, without the hassle. Tenants can set up recurring rent payments, so you’ll both rest easy knowing the rent will be on time. And no one will miss dealing with rent checks! 

Stay organized

See all payments in one place, including deposits and move-in costs. You’ll know at a glance if your tenants are current with payments, or if the rent is past due. Automated email reminders will go to tenants, with late fees already included if rent is past due. 

No added costs

Collecting rent comes with no additional subscription costs or hidden fees for property owners. Tenants can choose to pay for free with their checking accounts or for a 2.75% fee if they pay with a debit or credit card.

→ Learn more about online payments


Rent Comparable Reports

Uncertain about the rent and deposit

Take the guesswork out of pricing the rental with the free Rental Comparable report. This feature comes with the suite of rental tools, and as long as you're using the service, reports will be available.

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