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FAQ’s:

How do I apply for a rental property?

What are the required qualifications to rent?

Are co-signers accepted?

How long will it take to process my application?

What if I have special circumstances that I need to tell you?

When do I provide the Security Deposit for the property?

What happens to my security deposit when I vacate the property?

How do I pay my rent and when is it due?

What if I need maintenance for my unit?

How is maintenance handled?

When should I turn on my utilities?

Can I install cable or satellite tv?

Can I sub-lease the property?

What if I need to move before the end of my lease?

How do I apply for a rental property?

After you have viewed a property, you can obtain an application at the property showing, or contact the office at 916-736-1417 to request an application by fax or e-mail. You must provide all of the requested information on the application, then submit the completed form via fax, e-mail or US mail with supporting documentation to our office and pay the application fee. A non-refundable $35 application fee per adult (18 yrs or older) is charged with all applications to cover the cost of credit and background checks, no exceptions.

What are the required qualifications to rent?

Our general guidelines to qualify are that you have a legal and verifiable income of at least three times the monthly rent, minimum 620 FICO score, two recent years of favorable rental references or ownership and at least two lines of positive credit established with a creditor who reports to a credit agency. Negative rental references or lack of employment references may keep an application from being approved. Income must be verifiable and legal to count. Wage statements from your employer, signed tax returns, social security, welfare payments, retirement income, investment income, student loans and grants, and food stamps are some legal sources of income. If self-employed, we may require a copy of your two most recent tax returns and six months prior bank statements.

Are co-signers accepted?

Some properties under management will accept a co-signer. If that is the case, we will accept a co-signer who has verifiable income sufficient to qualify for both their living situation and for the property they are co-signing for. The co-signer must fully complete our application and pay the $35 application fee, which is non-refundable.

How long will it take to process my application?

We process applications as quickly as possible where it generally takes two business days to complete. Often, we have to wait for return phone calls from landlords and employers. We must verify your employment, rental history, and credit. We need the last two years of history from your landlord(s) and this can be the most difficult part of your application to verify. We will call you if we are having trouble obtaining any information. If we cannot verify information, then we cannot move forward and will have to move on to another application. If we already are processing someone else’s application on the property you applied for, your application may have to wait for that application to be completed. Make sure the name of your landlord is the owner of the property or the property management company. Providing daytime phone numbers can shorten the turnaround time when messages have to be left.

What if I have special circumstances that I need to tell you?

Put your special circumstances in writing with your application. In some cases we can accept no rental references if you have good credit and a co-signer. We will consider your application if you have a foreclosure. If you have filed for bankruptcy, it must be at least 1 year ago and you must have reestablished at least 2 lines of new good credit for six months. Review application requirements for specific details on qualifying for a particular property. Each property may be different depending on the rent amount and the owner’s requirements. We comply fully with the Fair Housing Act, http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src =/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/FHLaws/yourrights..

When do I provide the Security Deposit for the property?

The security deposit is due within 48 hours of being approved for a property and the lease agreement is signed. Once approved for a rental, the security deposit must be submitted in the form of a Cashier’s Check or Money Order. Your security deposit does not cover rent.

What happens to my security deposit when I vacate the property?

Once you have vacated the property, a final inspection will be performed and any charges for repairs above normal wear will be deducted, along with any charges for cleaning and rents owed.  You will receive an itemized accounting of the expenses along with any security deposit refund within 21 days of the lease termination.

How do I pay my rent and when is it due?

You may submit a payment online by going to www.carmazzirealestate.managebuilding.com using the Tenant portal to log in or via the Tenant Sign In button at the bottom of this page.  You can also send payment by mail to: PO Box 221610, Sacramento, CA, 95822. Rent is due the first day of each month, no matter which day the first lands on. There is a three day grace period in which you may pay rent. Late fees are assessed after the 4th day of each month.

What if I need maintenance for my unit?

For emergency situations, please call our office: 916-736-1417. Non-emergency maintenance requests can be submitted by phone, fax, mail or email. We have working relationships with various contractors, plumbers, painters, electricians, gardeners, handymen, etc. They will help with your maintenance needs should you ever have problems.

How is maintenance handled?

Under California State Law and the terms of the rental agreement, the owner of the property is responsible for items of “normal wear” including failure of structure or equipment.  The Tenant is responsible for any “damage” to the premises, whether caused by intentional actions, misuse, negligence or accident.  Tenants are also responsible for damage – excluding normal wear and tear – caused by the Tenant, pets, guests, or licensees of Tenant.

When should I turn on my utilities?

Utility companies should be called two weeks prior to your lease start-date. The start date for your utilities is the date your lease begins.

Can I install cable or satellite tv?

Typically yes, however you must first obtain written permission from Carmazzi Real Estate and/or the owner of the property.  Some Homeowners Associations prohibit any installation of a satellite dish in any location that can be seen from the ground or any other unit in the area.  Any cost of installation or damages to the property caused by the installation will be the responsibility of the Tenant.  Satellite dishes may NOT be installed on the roof, no exceptions.  Check with our office for appropriate locations to install a dish at your particular property.

Can I sub-lease the property?

No, you may not sublet any portion of the property nor assign the agreement to another person.

What if I need to move before the end of my lease?

You will need to notify our office in writing of your intention to vacate the property at which time we will prepare and have you sign an addendum requesting your early termination of the lease.  We will then begin advertising and showing the property for rent.  You will be responsible for all advertising, rental fees and rent until the new resident moves into the property.