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Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 3:01 AM
       Online applications (by RentsDue [MA]) Jan 10, 2019 3:51 AM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 5:35 AM
       Online applications (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Jan 10, 2019 5:47 AM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 5:57 AM
       Online applications (by RP [CO]) Jan 10, 2019 6:40 AM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 7:14 AM
       Online applications (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 10, 2019 9:19 AM
       Online applications (by Patrick [VA]) Jan 10, 2019 11:13 AM
       Online applications (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Jan 10, 2019 12:21 PM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 12:35 PM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 12:42 PM
       Online applications (by Gene [OH]) Jan 10, 2019 5:47 PM
       Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Jan 10, 2019 5:53 PM

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 3:01 AM

Moving into the 21st century. I have been using online applications for about a year now and will never go back to paper. All phone calls go straight to voicemail that directs them to my website to fill out an application. My application is here

Feel free to check it out and even fill one out as more questions pop up depending on the answers given and let me know if there is anything I should add.

Online applications (by RentsDue [MA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 3:51 AM

I like this. I’m going to go on the form website later to set one one up for myself. Is this a prescreening application you have them complete before you give them a showing or is this a “ one and done” deal where this is the only application they fill out? The only thing I would change is a couple typos and since I require 3x income I would need the amount of income stated. Also, all my places are non smoking so that would have to be addressed as well as seperate applications for each applicant . --174.199.xx.xx

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 5:35 AM

This is a one and done application and I do require it to be filled out before showing thatseems to work for us then I don’t waste my time showing to someone not qualified. I really like that website for forms you can customize them and change them how you really want it I’m constantly adding and changing things. Thank you for your input

Online applications (by Mike SWMO [MO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 5:47 AM

Bob (NY)

I wish I had your nerve. You know -- to jump into the 21st century.

I am about as dumb as a box of rocks when it comes to this tech stuff.

Back in the day (early 70’s) I was playing around with languages (COBAL AND FORTRAN) and today I can’t even find the LRS. Computer joke old timers will understand.

You said to feel free to write our comments so following are mine.

No harm, disrespect, put down intended. Just a hillbilly’s observations.

Unless you get additional information on applicants I would include also asking for middle name and maiden name. Reason I say this -- if we go onto the state website (Missouri case,net site) to check on applicants if we use a common name we may get 30 pages of listings. But if we have a middle name we may narrow it down to only 8 or 10 people. Also, later, if we take them to small claims court the court paper work requires complete names.

You may already have this somewhere but where you ask for apartment interested in you might say “address” of apartment interested in or some such wording. A guy like me would say “I am interested in the blue apartment”.

Under personal references you have a little red star after “Name”. Some yes some no. You might consider putting the red star after all of them. Small detail but you ask for comments.

You might have a comment such as * = required field.

You ask for Landlords name and information a couple of times then it states “bank name”.

Are you asking for name of landlord’s bank of applicant’s bank name? Confusing to this hillbilly.

A biggie to me. Where you are asking them to sign to give you permission to run credit and use SS# you might consider saying something to the tune of - - We give Landlord permission BEFORE, DURING and AFTER tenancy to … (This wording came from Debbie up in Sp'fld IL many years ago. Deb, if you are reading this just want to say "HI". Still remember you. Your girls must be fine young ladies by now.

Looks like a good form. Sounds easy. I would like to try it.

Thanks for posting.

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 5:57 AM

Thank you for the input I will be making some changes.Yes the * = required field it will not let you submit it without those fields filled in

Online applications (by RP [CO]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 6:40 AM

I am also interested in adopting the online application and love the form you have developed.

If this is for an apartment building why not have the Building name/address on the form-

Down by the Persons who will occupy the Apartment, add All occupants over 18 must submit an application.

Does the printed signature work for background, landlord and employment checks?

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 7:14 AM

This application is for multiple apartment buildings/locations that's why I don't have the address or minimum income listed on it.

The form does allow you to capture an actual signature with the upgraded version.

Online applications (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 9:19 AM

Having over 100 rentals, I don't trust Online Applications. Why? Because it allows the applicant to have "HELP" filling them out. Setting up phony landlords and getting coaching on what the "right" answers should be.

With ink and pen on paper, you can see the flow of ink and if the application was filled out at one time or in sections. The same person has to fill everything out by their hand. Plus if they fill out the application at the property, you can see if they are getting help or using their cell phone to call of information.

A person that doesn't know their drivers license number, social security number or have their bank account handy isn't exactly a rocket scientist and doesn't pass my savvy test. --47.156.xx.xx

Online applications (by Patrick [VA]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 11:13 AM


Do you have a separate website or just use the one you posted (Cognito forms)?

Is there a monthly charge for this?

I only have three SFH rentals, but I do like the look and would rather have something filled out online before I show the house.

Online applications (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 12:21 PM

My issue with online forms is that the form won't process until it's 100% completed. That takes away one of my excuses for rejecting, incomplete forms or missing items. I also agree with what Robert says as an issue, and they'll just deny that it was them filling it out or they'll claim a technical issue with form if something doesn't go their way. Plus there's more hand holding with web forms vs paper. The best I'll do is a downloadable form on web that has to be filled out and returned. And I give a web based application fee method of paying. That's really convenient since the money issue is the real inconvenience. The form can be faxed, emailed or texted. Can't do that with money.

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 12:35 PM

Patrick I have a separate website but the cognito forms is free for what I am using at the moment or you can upgrade and get additional features.

Landlord of the flies I made it so the application requires information that one feature I really like about that form builder. You can make it so things are mandatory or not or somethings show up as you fill it out. Like where it says is there a second applicant if you click yes it brings up more fields for the second applicants info.

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 12:42 PM

Landlord of the flies

Sorry should have read you entire post before responding.

I find it less hand holding that’s my main reason for doing this I got so many incomplete applications using paper. I still get a lot that list no income or assistance.I now make them fill out an application before I show them an apartment or even spend to much time talking to them so I know if they don’t qualify before I waste my time.This form also allows you to collect a fee from them.

Wow I’m really starting to feel like a salesman for this site haha

Online applications (by Gene [OH]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 5:47 PM

Bob, in your "Please Note" section you might want to make GUEST plural - "GUESTS". You might also want to add "ANIMALS".

Even if you don't rent with pets, you might want to find out what types of pets/animals that they own and will be on your property.

I like the online, but so far I am also still old school with paper applications that I can hand out or send/receive via email.

Online applications (by Bob [NY]) Posted on: Jan 10, 2019 5:53 PM

Thank you Gene for the input. When you click yes to the pets question it comes up and asks what it is and breed

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