Tenant Screening Criteria 

The following information will be accessed as part of the screening of any application for tenancy.

How we qualify a tenant for rental
Residential Qualification Criteria
Updated: November 30, 2022

Next Brick Property Management operates in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, as well as all state and local fair housing and civil rights laws. We do not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sex, familial status, handicap, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable state or local laws.

The tenancy application submission is required to screen a prospective tenant. You will be asked to acknowledge that you have reviewed this information in its entirety during the application process. The fee is $49 (non-refundable) per Applicant, payable only with a credit or debit card.

Any prospective tenant 18 years of age and above that will live in the rental unit must apply. The application is considered complete when all intended occupants 18 years and older have applied, and each application includes all the required information stated in this notice.

We do not accept comprehensive reusable tenant screening reports, as defined by RCW 59.18.257. and require the entire application to be filled out. You must respond to any additional information requests from the Property Manager within 48 hours. If your application is approved for tenancy, you must accept or deny the offer in writing within 48 hours of receiving notification from Next Brick Property Management.

We acknowledge that not everyone has a 'perfect' rental history. We strive to work with those applicants on a case-by-case basis to assist qualified tenants in finding good homes.

You must tour the property In-person or schedule a virtual tour via Next Brick Property Management associates or an assigned licensed broker.

*Applications are processed in the order received in the City of Seattle.

General Requirements

No application will be accepted until potential renters have seen and completed a walkthrough of the property.

Applicant must be on time for showing appointment or reschedule with a timely call (failure to do so results in denial of the application.)

Must submit a fully completed application with no material misstatements or omissions for every occupant (over 18 years of age or emancipated minor). Groups of more than one applicant will not be considered until the applications from all members of the group are received in full. All incomplete applications would be canceled within 48 hours.

Provide government-issued ID for all adult (over 18 years of age or emancipated minor) occupants. (Failure to provide ID results in denial of the application.) 

Any other information provided by the applicant (anticipated length of tenancy, tenancy commencement date, etc.) will be taken in consideration. Any offers or proposals an applicant may choose to make (additional rent or deposit, extended lease term, qualified guarantors, qualified co-signers, etc.) will be taken into consideration.

All animals, including service and comfort animals, must be screened through nextbrick.petscreening.com before being accepted. Pursuant to RCW 59.18.257 all correspondence will result in the pre-screening of the potential tenant(s). 

The lease will be sent via email if an application is approved. The applicant(s) has 48 hours to accept. Once accepted, the tenant must visit the property to complete a move-in checklist and pay the security deposit. If the applicant(s) does not sign and pay the deposit, the application will be denied. 

Each occupant 18 and older must meet the rental criteria. Failure to meet the criteria may result in the denial of the application, the need for a qualified guarantor, or payment of additional funds. .

One (1) or more late payments, NSF checks and/or noise complaints within 24 months, may result in denial.

Credit History
Credit report via a third-party Consumer reporting Agency listed on the on-line application through our website

The credit score of 660 or higher (unless differently stated in the listing).

A positive credit history with:
No rental related collections, utility companies, or credit card issuers.
Collections, outside of rental related collections, utility companies, or credit card issuers, totaling $250 or more may be grounds for denial

More than 10% of derogatory accounts may be grounds for denial

No Unlawful Detainer action or eviction history

There can be no active bankruptcies. All bankruptcies must be discharged.

Portable screening reports (previous tenant screening reports) will not be accepted.

Credit items will be excluded for qualification includes paid collections, satisfied judgments, medical accounts, and discharged bankruptcies. Next Brick may require additional information.

Student and medical debt are excluded from the above credit requirements


All source(s) of income & employment must be provable either through employer pay stubs, tax returns, or bank statements or our income verification link.

Proof Needed
W-2 Employees
Provide the two (2) most recent paystubs: Each stub must include employer name, employee name, and date of pay period.
Offer letter from prospective employer: Must be on employer letterhead, include applicant’s name, compensation summary, and signed by all parties

Self Employed/Retired
Provide the three (3) most recent bank statements, including all pages, and previous year’s Income tax statement.
Each statement must show the name of bank, account holder’s name, statement date, summary of deposits, and balance

Proof of alternative source of income
May be from a lawful verifiable source other than wages, salaries, or other compensation for employment including, but not limited to: Section 8 vouchers, social security benefits, unemployment benefits, charity programs, maintenance or child support, and/or any federal, state, local government, private or nonprofit administered benefit program.

Applicants should have a minimum of 6 months of employment with the current employer.

We will not use future income except for a verifiable job offer letter detailing precisely the amount to be earned each month. Additional deposit would be required or a co-signer.

Income must be 3.0 times the gross rental amount

Monthly verifiable income must be equal to at least three times the monthly rental amount, determined in accordance with Section 14.08.40 F. of the Seattle Municipal Code. (unless differently stated in the listing)

Non-taxable income (such as Social Security) may be grossed up 25%.

If income is less than three times the rental amount, it may require a qualified cosigner or result in denial.

Documents to submit

All proposed tenants must provide a copy of a valid photo ID (military ID, Passport, State Issued Driver's license or State issued ID cards are acceptable forms)

Must be able to provide verification of favorable residence history for the prior 24 months

Provide current verification of employment and proof of salary/wages to meet the listed income ratio

Provide eviction history (if applicable)

Provide sex offender registration (if applicable)

Provide details on any pets that will live in the unit (if applicable)

Acceptable documentation for verifiable income varies based on the income source. Generally accepted documentation may include 2 consecutive recent paystubs, most recent tax returns, W2, Leave & Earnings Statement (LES), Statement of Social Security Benefits, I20 (International Students), etc.

Cosigner Qualification Criteria

A cosigner will be APPROVED if all the qualifications below are met; if the cosigner does not meet any 1 of the following criteria, then the cosigner will not qualify.

RENTAL HISTORY: 1 year of valid and verifiable rental or mortgage history with no late payments. No eviction

CREDIT HISTORY: All open accounts in good standing for two years with less than $250 in derogatory credit. Any bankruptcy (open and/or discharged) will result in denial. The minimum credit score requirement will apply.

EMPLOYMENT: 24 months with current employer or previous employment in the same field of work.

INCOME: Five times the rental amount of the unit in verifiable income.

The following may result in immediate denial of an application:

False, incorrect or misleading information.

Unverifiable social security number.

Two or more late payments and/or NSF checks and/or noise complaints within a 24-month rental period (current and/or previous).

Threatening or abusive behavior towards a Next Brick employee, agent or contractor.

City of Seattle Disclosure

We operate according to Seattle’s First in Time law with all previously stated criteria taken into account to qualify the applicant.

Applicants are notified that landlords in the City of Seattle are prohibited from requiring disclosure, asking about, rejecting an applicant, or taking an adverse action based on any arrest record, conviction record, or criminal history, except for registry information as described in subsections 14.09.025.A.3, 14.09.025.A.4, and 14.09.025.A.5, and subject to the exclusions and legal requirements in Section 14.09.115.

Applicants are further notified that the application is based on the screening criteria for this community, which is attached to this application. The Applicant may provide supplemental information related to Applicant's rehabilitation, good conduct, and facts or explanations regarding their registry information.

In the event an applicant has a sensory, physical, or mental impairment that limits a major life function, or needs meaningful access to the application form (i.e. -applicant does not speak English and needs a translator) and is not able to complete an application in a timely manner, they can make a request for additional time or a reasonable accommodation to extend their application period for up to 72 hours. Please submit your request directly to the Property Manager with the requested timeline to complete the application, the reason for your accommodation request and documentation supporting your request.

Criminal History
Out of Seattle City Limit's

We do not automatically deny applicants based on criminal history. Criminal history is considered based on the nature of the offense, and time passed since the date of final disposition (e.g. applicant was released from prison, probation, or parole). We limit consideration to those convictions, the dates of the final disposition of which pre-date the report by no more than seven years. 

Note that convictions for the following offenses may result in denial:
Murder (1st and 2nd degree)
Kidnapping (All counts)
Manslaughter (1st degree)
Theft (1st & 2nd degree)
Assault 1st, 2nd & 3rd degree)
Burglary (1st, 2nd degree & vehicle prowling 1st degree)
Robbery (1st & 2nd degree)
Malicious Mischief (1st degree)
Rape (All counts)
Arson (1st, 2nd degree & Reckless Burning 1st degree)
Child molestation (All counts)
Delivery or Sale of an illegal substance(s) (All counts)
Rape of a child (All counts)
Possession with intent to Deliver Illegal Substance (All counts)
Outstanding criminal warrant
Any Terror Related Activity

Any criminal conviction which results in a registered sex offender requirement and/or any current sex offender registry requirement.
A criminal record search will be performed for felony and misdemeanor offenses.
All felony and misdemeanor offenses must be disclosed on the rental application.

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