What do I need to rent out a Boston condo?

Applying for a Boston apartment is a lot like applying for a job — you will be required to show additional documents that will help support your identity and background. After all, your new landlord has only just met you, so establishing yourself as someone who will pay the rent on time and care for their property is imperative.

What Items Should You Bring With You?

Proof of Identity

It’s a safe bet that nearly every Boston condo/apartment owner is going to want to have some kind of verification of your identity. While for many a simple driver’s license or state identification will be fine, additional forms of ID are good to have handy for a potential apartment manager who needs a bit more information.

Job Information

Which brings us to getting information directly from your employer that you can share. Ask your employer to provide a letter that states your salary or hourly wage and how much you work. Though it’s not necessary, throwing in a few things about you being a terrific and reliable employee can also go a long way to help establish you as a trustworthy future tenant.

Rental History & Contact Information

While this really only applies to those who have rented before, having a handy list or letters of recommendation from previous apartment communities and landlords can help establish you as a safe bet for your new tenant. This can be particularly helpful if you’re recovering from a bad credit score.

Your Checkbook

If you’re filling out your application, it’s likely you will be asked to pay a broker or one month’s rent fee. Application fees can vary from apartment to apartment, so if you’re unsure you will want to contact the apartment manager or landlord before your viewing. By bringing your checkbook or debit card, you’ll be able to apply on the spot for an apartment you really love.

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Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

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Ford Realty Inc
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