Application Criteria

Thank you for trusting in Granite Real Estate Services, Inc to help with finding your new home.  We want the application process to be quick and easy for you.  Please note that we conduct a thorough background, credit and criminal check on all applicants.  Below you will find a list of items that you will need to submit with your application and some tips to prevent any delays in the processing.  
We screen each application immediately upon submission.  If your application passes our screening qualification criteria and the property you are applying for is still available, you will be sent an invitation to submit a deposit. This deposit is equal to 1 month and will serve to hold the home off the market for a maximum of 48 hours while we prepare your lease and you will be required to sign a lease within 3 days of approval. If you fail to sign the lease within the 3 day time period or fail to move-in to the property upon the signing of a lease, the deposit will be forfeited to reimburse the owner for lost rents. If you do not submit the deposit, we will continue to accept applications on the property that you have applied for and any other qualified applicants will also be given the opportunity to submit a deposit.


In order for us to complete your application, you must submit the following for all adults over the age of 18 that will be occupying the home:

COMPLETED APPLICATION - You can complete an application by clicking on the 'Apply Now’ button on the listing that you are interested in.


PROOF OF INCOME - Acceptable forms of income include your most recent 3 months pay stubs, an Offer of Employement Letter, two previous years tax returns (if self-employed), social security earnings statements, or child support documentation.

NON-REFUNDABLE APPLICATION FEE OF $50 PER ADULT - Please note: The application fees are non-refundable. As soon as you submit your application, the application fee is immediately applied and cannot be refunded. 


CREDIT SCORE - We require a 600 FICO credit score and that all accounts are currently in good standing.

INCOME - We require a minimum income level of 3 times the monthly rental amount.  If one applicant does not meet this income requirement, we can combine the income of 2 or more applicants as long as each applicant can provide proof of income of at least 2 times the monthly rental rate.

RENTAL HISTORY - We require good standing rental history for the past two years. If you have owned your own home for the past two years, we will require that your mortgage is current in order to qualify.

CRIMINAL BACKGROUND - We will run a national criminal background check on all applicants and all applications will be checked through the national Sex Offender and OFAC/Terrorist database.

PETS: There is a $250 -$500 per pet fee required to be paid in full prior to occupancy.

Restricted Pets: Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Cowchows, Akitas, Rottweilers, Siberian Huskies, Malamutes, Presa Canarios, Wolf-hybrids, German Shepherds, American Stafforshire Terriers, Mastiffs, St Bernards, Great Danes, Karelian Bear Dogs, Dingos or any dog(s) cross bred with the aforementioned dogs. Additional restrictions include reptiles, rodents, insects, exotic or poisonous animals or other animals as restricted by city or state ordinances.

RENTER'S INSURANCE - We require that tenants obtain a renter's Insurance policy and provide proof of that policy prior to keys being released. Renter's insurance can be easily obtained and is typically inexpensive. Please be prepared to provide this upon request at the time of lease signing.

OCCUPANCY LIMIT - Per HUD safety guidelines, occupancy shall not exceed more than 2 persons per bedroom.


 • Eviction history within the past 2 years
 • Negative reports from previous landlords
 • Open bankruptcy
 • Felony convictions or admissions of guilt in the past 7 years
 • Multiple misdemeanor convictions or admissions of guilt in the past 7 years
 • Unpaid judgements or tax liens
 • Lack of proof of income of minimum 3 times the rent (or 4 times combined for two or more applicants)


Granite Real Estate Services, Inc, is committed to compliance with all federal, state, and local fair housing laws.  Granite Real Estate Services, Inc will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, familial status, disability, or any other specific classes protected by applicable laws. Granite Real Estate Services, Inc will allow any reasonable accommodation or reasonable modification based upon a disability-related need. The person requesting any reasonable modification may be responsible for the related expenses.

Please do not proceed with completing and submitting an application unless you have read and agree to these instructions.  If you proceed with submitting your application, your application fees are immediately applied and cannot be refunded.



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Granite Real Estate Services, Inc

6135 Park South Drive

Charlotte, North Carolina 28210

Telephone: 704-458-4619