Application Criteria / Application Process

Interested in Completing A Tenant Application?

Ready to fill out a tenant application? Completing the tenant application process for a rental home has never been easier! Our process is completed online using state-of-the art property management software. This way, you can do it whenever and wherever you can!

For the tenant application process, we welcome all applicants, and support equal access and Fair Housing laws. Palomar Property Services will not refuse access to any housing, accommodation, or other interest in property or otherwise discriminate against an applicant on the basis of age, sex, race, religion, marital or familial status, physical or mental handicap, color, creed, ethnicity, national origin or sexual orientation.



The background check consists of collecting and reviewing the following information:


Yes, credit scores are important to us, but we are more interested in the things that created the credit score than the score itself. A less than desirable credit score may be offset by great rental history and solid income.

*Other factors that may affect the overall approval

Income Verification

The Gross monthly income must be a minimum of 2.5 times the monthly rent. You will be required to provide proof of income whether you are employed by a 3rd party, or self-employed.

If an Applicant has a current mortgage on their credit report, Applicant must show gross income that is 2.5 times the monthly rent PLUS enough net income to cover their mortgage.  When applicable, Applicant will also be required to provide closing documents to show that the home with the mortgage showing on the credit report has been sold OR a lease showing the home is currently being leased for a period of twelve (12) months or more.

If you work for a third-party employer, you will need to provide the following proof of income:

If you are self-employed, you will need to provide the following for proof of income verification:

Rental History

You will need to provide rental references for a minimum of 3 years of verifiable rental history from a third-party landlord. If you have rental history shorter than 12 months, an increased deposit may be required. If your rental history includes any of the following: two or more late payments and or two or more late notices within a 12-month period, one or more NSF charges, an eviction, excessive lease violations, excessive property damage, unauthorized tenants/pets at the property, pest infestations due to tenant negligence, failure to vacate when properly served, noise or nuisance violations, or an outstanding balance owed, you will not be approved for a lease.  

Pets and Animals

Pet and Animal policies vary from one property to another and this includes but is not limited whether or not they will be allowed at the property, total number, types and breads, and when applicable HOA Rules and Regulations may have restrictions on quantity, types, breads and sizes. Service and Support Animals are exempt from these policies and restrictions. Any pet or animal to be considered as part of the application process will be subject to a pet screening charge of $20 for one pet or animal and $15 for the second pet or animal if the property will allow more than one pet and or animal.  A certified Service or Support Animal will not pay a screening fee. Applicants must be prepared to provide the following for each pet or animal: photo, name, breed, weight, veterinarian name and vaccine information, age, as well as other information requested as part of the application process, when registering each of their pets or animals.

Special consideration will be given to Service and Support Animals that are registered and certified to an Applicant and proper and current documentation will be required for verification as part of the screening process. As a standard policy, PPS will provide reasonable accommodations and follow HUD guidelines regarding Service and Support Animals.

A single or combined occurrence of the following will more than likely result in a declined application

Rental Vouchers

We comply with all Fair Housing standards. All verifiable sources of income will be considered. Pursuant to Cal. Govt. Code §12955(o), for applicants with rental vouchers or subsidies, the income threshold will be calculated based on the amount of rent that will be paid by the tenant (not the entire rent amount). Please review the rental policies and instructions for submission below. We invite you to submit your application if you believe you meet the qualifying conditions. Complete applications and offers to lease are presented to the owner as we receive them.