Screening Criteria for Non-Portland Properties

Thank you for choosing one of our properties for your future residence.  Kerr Properties, Inc. is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider and seeks to process all applications in a fair and consistent manner.

Sight Unseen: If the Applicants(s) have not physically viewed the property for which they’re applying, prior to submitting their application, by signing the screening criteria Applicant(s) understand that the property will not be viewed until the day of move in.

Reservation Deposits: Owner/Agents will require Applicant(s) to sign a Reservation Deposit Agreement, and pay a reservation deposit, if Applicant(s) will not sign and enter into a Rental Agreement within 72 hours following Owner’s/Agent’s notice to Applicant(s) that the applications have been approved.  In the event the Applicant(s) fails to execute a Rental Agreement and take possession of the property, except as stated reservation deposit will not be refunded, including if the Applicant(s) did not view the property prior to applying. If the Agreement to Execute Rental Agreement move in date is on 15th of the month or after the pro-rated and next month rent is due at the time of move in.

Screening Charge: Owner/Agent is charging an application Screening Charge of $65.00 per applicant.  This charge is non-refundable, unless the Owner/Agent does not screen the Applicant.  

Application Process: Your application will not be processed with missing or incomplete information.  Your application will take approximately 3 business days to process, but may take longer if the information is difficult to verify, or there is unanticipated delays.  During the screening process, we may use a tenant screening company, credit reports, public records or criminal records, and we may contact employers, landlords or other references.  We may verify your income and your references provided in your application.

Acceptable forms of picture identification may include: valid state-issued drivers’ license, identification card, a valid passport, or Tribal ID.  Unless contrary to applicable law, Applicant(s) must be one of the following: (a) at least 18 years of age, (b) emancipated, or (c) (in Oregon) a minor possessing the right to contract for necessities, as set forth in ORS 109.697

We require complete, accurate and truthful information: Each person over the age of 18 must submit an application that will be residing in the home.  Materially incomplete, inaccurate or falsified information will be grounds for denying your application.  If we later discover that you submitted substantially false information regarding a criminal conviction, after you become our tenant, we may terminate your tenancy.  

Occupancy: Occupancy is based on the number of bedrooms in the premises. (A bedroom is defined as a habitable room that is intended to be used primary for sleeping purposes, contains at least 70 square feet and is configured so as to take the need for a fire exit into account and meets all city, state requirements) 2 persons are allowed per bedroom, plus 1 additional occupant.  In a designated studio apartment, 2 persons are allowed.  Exceptions may be made to this policy, if the law so requires.

Screening Criteria:  In addition to any other criteria contained, herein, the following criteria apply.  If you do not meet all of the criteria contained herein, we may increase the deposit or deny your application.  If a co-signer is necessary, the co-signer must complete and sign an application.  The acceptance of a co-signer is not normal policy and is subject to individual approval or denial by Kerr Properties, Inc.  The co-signer must be a local living in Multnomah, Clackamas or Washington counties.  Co-Signers may only be considered for applicants who meet the screening criteria except for lack of income.

Income Requirements: The gross monthly household income must be equal to or greater than three (3) times the monthly rent.  All income must be taken from verifiable legal sources (Verifiable income may mean, but is not limited to: Employment, bank accounts, alimony/child support, trust accounts, social security, unemployment, welfare, and vouchers under Section 8 or Home Forward.)

Section 8/Home Forward: Section 8/Home Forward applicant(s) must earn 3 times the residents stated portion of rent.  Example: if the rent is $1000/Mo and applicant(s) receive a monthly voucher for $700, the household income must show $900 a month. 

Rental History/Mortgage Requirements: Applicant(s) must provide 3 years of satisfactory, unbiased (from a non-relative) reference from their current and previous landlords. 

Credit:  Applicant(s) must have a credit score of at least 625

Bankruptcy: If a report contains a bankruptcy a 25% additional deposit of the original deposit will be required.  Any report containing an active or dismissed bankruptcy will result in a denial.

Collections: A report containing any cumulative amount less than $500.00 in collections will require an additional deposit of 50%.  A report containing a cumulative amount in excess of $500 in collections will be denied.

Judgements/Liens: A report containing any cumulative amount less than $500.00 of judgements and liens will require an additional deposit of 50%.  A report containing a cumulative amount in excess of $500 in judgments or liens will be denied.

Criminal: A search of public records to determine whether the applicant or any proposed tenant has been convicted of, or has plead guilty or no contest to, any crime, and/or whether there are pending criminal charges. If the applicant, or any proposed occupant, has a conviction in their past which would disqualify them under these criminal conviction criteria, and desires to submit additional information to owner/Agent along with the application so Owner/Agent can engage in an Individual Assessment (described below) upon receipt of the results of the public record search and prior to denial, applicant should do so.  Otherwise, applicant may request the review process after denial as set forth below, however the unit may not be held, if the review request from the applicant is given after the unit was committed to another applicant.

Convictions: A conviction (including a guilty plea or no contest) for any of the followings will be grounds for denial of the rental application, subject to review process request described below:

Individualized Review Process: Owner/Agent will engage in an individual assessment of the applicant’ or other proposed occupant’s.  

Owner/Agent will:  

Co-Signer Policy – Must live locally within the Portland Metro Area (Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington counties)

Pet Policy: (If allowed, see ad)

The Pet Screening application fee is $20 for the first pet and $15 for all additional pets.   The Pet Screening fee is paid directly to the 3rd party pet screening company.  If you have an animal (including assistance animals) please feel free to visit the link below

Animal Screening 

The following breeds are prohibited due to insurance limitations on liability:  Pit bulls and Staffordshire Terriers, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, Chows, Great Danes, Presa Canarios, Akitas, Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies, Wolf-hybrids or any mixed breed containing any portion or characteristic of those breeds. 

Some properties may be subject to the restrictions of a homeowner association.  For more details please contact our office and a property manager will happily assist you.

Assistance Animals

If you have an assistance animal, you will need to go to the animal screening website to have your Service or Assistance animals verified.  There is no charge for screening a Service or Assistance animal.   Contact the leasing team for details with any other questions regarding Service or Assistance animals. 

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