You've found a great apartment complex or building and are ready to move forward. Here's how to apply for the apartment you want.
Ask for an application for the actual apartment you will be renting (not a model).
Fill it out according to the instructions given.
Offer a reasonable deposit on your application - around $50 to $75, with the rest of the total due at the time you sign the lease.
Wait for your application to be approved. Don't sign any other applications in the meantime.
Tips & Warnings
Make copies of all documents.
Look around before you fill out an application. Avoid taking the first place you see, and don't take a place if you have any doubts.
A small fee (around $30 or so) may be requested to do a credit check. Beware if it is much more.
Do not put a stop-payment on the application deposit check unless you can prove fraud or have agreed in writing with the agent to cancel.
Never pay with cash.