Rental Criteria & Application Instructions
Thank you for your interest in renting a home that is professionally managed by Advantage Property Management Services. Below you will find the instructions and criteria required when submitting a rental application. It is important that you read the information below prior to submitting an application to understand what is required for renting the property. If you have further questions, please contact one of our leasing agents at x2.
Q: General Application Information
Q: Application Processing and Time Frame
Q: Income Requirements
Q: Basic Criteria
Q: Credit Requirements:
Q: Application Fee
Q: Security Deposits & Risk Mitigation
Q: Rental History or Property Ownership
Q: Criminal Background
Q: Acceptance/Denial of an Application
Q: Multiple Applications
Q: Ideal Applicants & How To Make Your Application More Attractive
WE ARE PLEDGED TO THE LETTER AND SPIRIT OF THE U.S. POLICY FOR THE ACHIEVEMENT OF EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY THROUGHOUT THE NATION. WE ENCOURAGE AND SUPPORT A PROGRAM IN WHICH THERE ARE NO BARRIERS TO OBTAINING HOUSING BECAUSE OF RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, SEX, HANDICAP, FAMILIAL STATUS, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN.
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Q: What type of rental properties do you manage?
Q: What geographic areas do you cover?
Q: What type of Property Management experience do you offer?
Q: Why should I hire you as my property manager?
Q: How much will my house rent for?
Q: What will you do to rent my house?
INTERNET LISTINGS: Our available homes for rent are posted on dozens of for-rent websites, complete with high quality photos, maps and property details for the convenience of those searching for a new home. Our ad-copy is carefully crafted to provide critical information to prospects who only spend a few seconds reading ads.
PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY: Prospective tenants are visual, often looking at the photos before reading the ad. It’s critical to have high quality photos to attract high quality tenants. Compare our photography to other companies. You’ll instantly see the difference and understand why we convert a huge percentage of page-views to showings.
VIDEO TOURS: When possible, we film and publish video tours of our rental properties. Photos are great, but it’s difficult to “feel” the flow of the house with still photos. Video tours give prospective tenants the ability to virtually walk-through your property and experience the floor plan and flow of the home. Our high-definition videography
INSTANT ONLINE SCHEDULING: When a prospective tenant wants to schedule a showing it’s important to make the process as easy as possible. Instead of playing phone tag with a leasing agent, APMS prospects can instantly schedule a showing online. Enabling prospects to instantly schedule a showing allows us to convert a higher percentage of inquiries to showings.
CORRECT PRICING: Even the best and nicest homes will not lease quickly if overpriced. We make sure your rental home is priced according to current market conditions.
THOROUGH PREPARATION: Even the best located and well-priced rental homes will not lease quickly if the rental home is not in top showing condition. Homes for rent in the East Bay absolutely must show well and have an attractive “curb appeal” or they may sit empty for extended periods. Part of our job as property manager is to make sure your rental home is presented in a clean and attractive condition so that it will attract a good tenant.
Q: What, specifically, do you do to qualify a tenant after they have applied to rent my house?
Q: How do you make sure the tenant is taking good care of my home while renting?
Q: What do you do if they are not taking care of my property as they should, or you discover unauthorized pets?
Q: What happens if the tenant does not pay their rent?
Q: How informed will I be about what happens with my property?
Q: How do you handle maintenance requests?
Q: Do you use the cheapest maintenance people you can find?
Q: Do you hold some of my money for repairs? How much?
Q: How do I know your property manager won't spend my money on large repairs without my approval?
Q: What if I want you to use my plumber, A/C company, etc?
Q: When do you distribute Owners funds and send statements?
Q: When will I receive with my monthly statements?
Q: How much is the leasing fee?
Q: Are your property management fees negotiable?
Q: Are there administrative fees or other service charges up and above the property management and leasing fees?
Q: Does your property management agreement give you exclusive rights to sell my property?
Q: Is the Property Management Agreement a standard, widely used form?
Q: How much security deposit do you charge the tenant?
Q: Are you a licensed Property Manager?
Q: How soon can you start managing my home?
Each of our properties has its own unique Pet Policy, which is specified in the advertisement. Before you schedule a showing or submit a rental application, review the property’s pet policy to ensure your pets comply.
Applicants with pets or service/companion/assistive animals are required to submit a pet application through a third-party pet screening service. There is a fee for the service (fee is waived for service/companion/assistive animals). The application is available here.
If a pet is allowed, the security deposit amount will increase by $500/pet and Tenant will pay a Pet Administration Fee (“Pet Fee”) of thirty dollars ($30.00) per month for the first pet and twenty dollars ($20.00) per month for any additional pets.
Even if a property allows dogs, the following dog breeds are never allowed: Akita, Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Bull Mastiff, Canary Dog, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd, Husky, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, and Wolf Hybrid. Applicants with these dog breeds as pets should not apply.
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Chad began his career in 1995 and for 17 years he worked for one of the area’s leading Real Estate firms. He was consistently ranked among the top agents with that firm. This success was the result of one key characteristic: a mentality focused on establishing quality relationships and providing clients with the necessary care, consideration, loyalty, and accountability.
What do you like most about your job?
“Working with people who get it. My clients not only want an agent, they want a certain type of agent. I love being important to them and them being important to me. What a win/win deal.”
What would you like to see changed in the industry?
“That’s a long list but let’s start with the educational requirements to get into Real Estate. It takes longer to get licensed to cut hair. This is a problem.”
What would someone never guess about you?
I love woodworking. Golf is still my #1 hobby but sometimes it treats me too bad.”
Do you have any pet peeves?
“Again, long list but here are a few: poor cell phone etiquette, the word ‘literally’ misused, typos where there shouldn’t be typos (please report if I have any).”
Darrell started his career in Real Estate as an appraiser after graduating from LSU in 1992. Shortly thereafter, Darrell and Chad crossed paths. Both sharing similar beliefs and values-especially when it comes to business- it was only fitting that they joined forces in late 2011. Well versed in Real Estate valuation, Darrell is excited to share this knowledge with his clients.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your dream vacation?
“Hawaii with my wife and three girls.”
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” Winston Churchill.”
What excites you about Real Estate?
“Talking to consumers on such an in-depth level when something serious like value comes up-which is pretty often.”
What are your pet peeves?
“People that have pet peeves.”
Shane Barksdale graduated from Nicholls State University in 2008 after playing baseball. Shane has always had an interest in real estate and started to acquire rental properties on his own a few years back. He decided to jump in full time at Milton Lakvold in 2017. He is a realtor and now runs the Property Management side of the company.
What do you like most about Property Management?
“Being able to help both our owners and our tenants. We understand the importance of maintaining a quality residence that will benefit both sides and make sure we are always available to handle any issues that arise for both parties.”
What are your pet peeves?
“People who ask you a question and then cut you off and don’t listen to the answer.”
What is your favorite quote?
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
“Probably going to LSU games every Saturday. We would always tailgate with friends and family so if we went to the game or not we were still out there all day.”
Gay (or Gay Nell) enjoys and is used to taking care of people and meeting the needs of others. When not at work you’ll find this mother of three and grandmother of three deeply involved with her family. She knows how important family and a place to call home are, which is exactly what she likes about her job.
How would you describe yourself?
“Professional multi-tasker. I’m determined and strong willed yet peaceful. I also believe in doing things right the first time.”
What excites you about Real Estate?
“Meeting new people and understanding what makes us all different.”
Do you have any hobbies?
“I love going to our camp at Toledo Bend and fishing on the lake with my husband (Chad’s brother). He likes to think of himself as a professional fisherman which….he’s not.”
What’s your most cherished childhood memory?
“Waking up on Saturday mornings to the smell of my Mom’s fresh brewed coffee. My Dad home on those mornings with me and my brothers was special. I learned at an early age the meaning of family.”