Tenant Screening Criteria 

Established Tenant Screening Criteria For Rating Tenants.

How we qualify a tenant for rental
Residential Qualification Criteria
Updated: May 12, 2020

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 $45 (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.

  • Twenty-four (24) months valid, provable rental history
  • If rental history is less than 24 months, an increased deposit (outside of Seattle City Limits) or
    a cosigner may be requested.
  • One (1) or more late payments, NSF checks and/or noise complaints within 24 months, may result in denial.
  • The credit score of 660 or higher (unless differently stated in the listing).
  • The credit report should indicate good payment history with no collections from
    housing providers, utility companies, or credit card issuers.
  • The credit report should not have more than three non-medical accounts or $3,000 in non-medical collections.
  • Credit items will be excluded for qualification includes paid collections, satisfied
    judgments, medical accounts, and discharged bankruptcies. Next Brick may require additional information.
  • There can be no active bankruptcies. All bankruptcies must be discharged.
  • No evictions or unlawful detainers within the past five years.
  • Foreclosures are allowed. Derogatory credit history may result in denial.
  • All source(s) of income & employment must be provable either through employer pay stubs, tax returns, or bank statements.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Please have these documents ready 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 4 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.
  • CREDIT HISTORY: All open accounts in good standing for two years with less than $100 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: Three times the rental amount of the unit in verifiable income.Provide eviction history (if applicable)
All applicants will be denied if any of the following applies
  • Verified unpaid eviction showing on credit report or confirmed with landlord.
  • Delinquent rental collection documented on the credit report.
  • Balance owing to the landlord.
  • Two or more late payments and/or NSF checks and/or noise complaints within a 24-month rental period (current and/or previous).
  • Unverifiable social security number.
  • Falsification of the rental application.
  • Breaking the lease agreement that will result in collection filing.


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.


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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