With all the available resources on the internet, you would think finding the right home for rent would be easier today. You may have already spent a great deal of time searching the listings and clicking away from the comfort of your own home or local coffee shop. That’s only one part of the process. Helping you locate a home is the difference National Property Management makes for our renters: personal attention for our renters and our home owners. We have a streamlined process so that you can view, apply, sign docs and pay — all online! So call today and get the attention you deserve. Even though it may be a temporary place to call home, you still call it ‘home’ and we value that.
We communicate the most efficiently by email. You are welcome to call and if we are on the line scheduling other appointments and not able to answer your call, PLEASE leave a message. All company voice mail is translated into email and tracked. Email is our first priority since there are multiple people working on it. Typically you will have an answer the same day!
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Rental Application Information
All the processes are online; no rental applications to download or print.
Each tenant that rents one of our Kansas City rental homes goes through a thorough rental application process to protect both the renters and the property owners. We pull credit scores and background checks through online tools that allow us to keep your confidential and personal information secure. We strive to protect your interests and keep the entire rental application process secure.
Step 1: Initial Rental Application for a Home
To begin the process of applying for one of our rental listings in Kansas City, please click on this Link to “Apply Online” and complete the Rental Application. After you fill out the rental application, we will receive notification. Each adult must fill out a separate rental application. There is no charge for the rental application itself. A spouse is not considered a cosigner, we need two separate applications. The separate credit and background check is $35 per applicant and is non-refundable. The minimum income requirement is 3.5 x the amount of rent. We are not able to accept Section 8 or other housing vouchers. Owners make the final decisions on approvals based on credit history, rental history, income and background checks.
Questions about the rental process? Give us a call at (913) 766-2191.
Step 2: Credit and Background Check
Upon completing your rental application, please go to www.paylease.com. There you will be able to make a payment for your credit and background check (this is a separate step from the application). The total is $35 per adult ($33 app fee and $2 processing fee). The fee is non refundable. You will log in as a NEW USER. Please have your checking account and routing number from your check handy for payment. Please let us know when payment has been made. We can not move forward until payment has been made, please forward a copy of your online receipt from paylease for expedited processing.
Step 3: Submit
Once paid and we receive confirmation, each adult occupant will then receive an email request from MySmartMove.com to complete the credit and background check. Please click on the link in the email and follow the easy-to-understand prompts. This is a very simple, 5 minute process. If you have any problems with the background check please call them directly at 866-775-0961. They won’t talk with us for privacy reasons.
Step 4: Print and Sign
Print and sign the Request for Rental Information and present this to your prior landlords for completion. This form must be signed and have current contact information from the landlord. Once completed by them, send to us by fax or email. We must have this to get owner approval. This is required for all prior rental history for the past two years
Step 5: Verifications
Once your rental application process is completed please email or fax a copy of your last two pay stubs or the first two pages of the last 2 years tax returns if self-employed to verify income/employment.
MySmartMove.com (Secure Credit & Background Checks for Renters)
We use SmartMove to streamline the rental process and make moving in faster and easier. Tied in with TransUnion (a credit reporting agency that safely houses data for approximately 500 million people worldwide), SmartMove also gives you the ability to apply for a lease while protecting your personal information. SmartMove (AKA TransUnion) will generate your reports without disclosing your personal identification and account numbers, and with a much quicker turnout time. Plus, when you use SmartMove your credit score will not be impacted. Unlike when a lender or landlord retrieves your information, SmartMove lets you be the one to initiate the request for your own file to be sent and is seen as a ‘soft hit’ on your credit history.
After you receive an email link from National Property Management Group via SmartMove, you’ll need to create a secure account and then review the landlord’s requests. This is basically giving an OK to the landlord to have SmartMove run background and credit checks.
SmartMove will verify your identity and provide the landlord with a leasing recommendation, your credit report and criminal history – yet without your personal identification and account numbers.
Lease Agreement & Deposits, Rent and Fees
Once you have submitted your request and completed the process via SmartMove, you will receive a lease by email. Please have all parties listed on the lease provide an electronic signature, there will be no need to print or fax any paperwork for the lease.
Upon signing the lease, and after owner approval, deposit and/or rent is due. If you don’t have an electronic copy of your license or pay stubs, you can photograph them with your smart phone and email to us.
Deposits, Rent & Fees for Kansas City Rental Properties
The refundable security deposit for any of our rental homes is one month’s rent. Payment is due at the least signing. Per state law, it cannot be used as your last month’s rent payment.
Your entire first month’s rent is due in full three days before your move-in date. Your second month’s rent will be pro-rated if you move in after the 1st of the month.
Any leases less than 12 months will be subject to a $100 short-term fee.
Move-in inspections are done at the rental property prior to your move to verify the condition of the property. We will be looking at the general condition of the home, both inside and outside. We take notes of the property before occupancy.
We will also conduct a move-out inspection after you have vacated the property. If the property is in good condition and has been well kept without any problem areas (that weren’t noted in the move-in inspection), you will receive a full refund of your deposit. We do our best to coach you on how to get a full refund.
Utilities In your Rental Property
It is your responsibility to notify utility companies upon your move-in date. National Property Management Group does not take responsibility for transferring the utilities into your name. Upon move-out, do not disconnect the utilities, simply take them out of your name.
The renter is responsible for insurance to cover the contents of the home. This is available through your insurance agent. Some owners require “pet insurance” also. For more information on renter’s insurance, see our Renter’s FAQs.
Renters Maintenance Responsibilities
It is the renter’s responsibility to mow and maintain the lawn unless otherwise stated in your lease agreement. You will also be responsible for changing the furnace filters every three months, changing light bulbs, smoke detector batteries and general day to day maintenance.
Interested in property information or to schedule a showing for one of our Kansas City homes for rent? Please call (913) 766-2191.