First time renting with my boyfriend, how do I go about this?

Asked by Megan Dessel, Berkeley, CA Sun Oct 6, 2013

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Gene Della M…, Agent, Piedmont, CA
Wed Oct 9, 2013
Certainly search Craigslist but don't forget about local property management companies as well! Good luck!
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Pacita Dimac…, Agent, Oakland, CA
Sun Oct 6, 2013
Whether it's your boyfriend or another friend, you should explore getting an agreement between friends to see who is responsible for what expense

If you google rental agreement between friends, you'll see sample agreements you can use as a guide like this one

And determine if both of you will sign the lease....should there be a break up, who keeps the rental? Did you ever see the movie The Breakup? Learn from other people's situations and prepare yourself, just in case.

Best of luck to you.
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Valerie D'Am…, Agent, New York, NY
Thu Jun 19, 2014

A typical rental will require a few documents to ensure landlord acceptance.

1, w2/ Tax Returns for both you and your boyfriend for the past 2 years

2. 4 most recent pay stubs or cashed pay check receipts

3. Detailed credit report(s) reflecting credit score and length of credit lines

4. Photo copied Identification for both you and your boyfriend

5. Finally, your going to need a good Rental Agent to help/ assist you in the finding of your new place.

Hope this helps,

Any further questions feel free to call me direct

Al the Best,

Daniel D'Amico
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allan erps,A…, Agent, Pearl River, NY
Wed Jun 18, 2014
State both of your incomes, credit scores & references for statrters
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Glen Bell, Agent, Berkeley, CA
Wed Oct 16, 2013
Most landlords will require that both parties apply and that both parties sign the lease. Credit evaluation and verification of both will matter. Landlords want consistency, are looking for a solid track record and the ability to pay. The question is always what if one party leaves early. Will the remaining party be responsible and have the ability to adhere to the terms of the lease.

As a guideline, landlords typically want 2.5 times the combined gross income of all people who will sign the lease. They usually score applicants based on credit history, rental history, employment, income, criminal & eviction history.

Make sure you both have a solid understanding of your lease obligations and responsibilities, but even more so, an understanding between each other.
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