Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and our Birmingham rental listings. Our rental list is updated every business day and can easily be viewed from any computer anywhere in the world that has internet access. In addition, copies may be picked up at our office or faxed directly to a fax machine. The following guidelines and procedures are designed to make your rental search more enjoyable. We hope that one of our properties will become your next home.
Viewings: After reviewing the list of available rentals, we suggest you drive by those homes you have an interest in. A drive-by is recommended to allow you a chance to inspect the age, condition and surrounding areas to see if they meet with your own standards. You may then come into our office and complete a Pre-qualification application with a $10.00 cash fee. If your credit score is at least 600 and you have verifiable gross income at least three times the amount of the rent, you may check out a key with a $20.00 refundable cash key deposit.
Condition: We believe we have a higher than normal standard in the preparation of rental homes, but our standards may or may not be equivalent to your standards. Any request to make changes in the current condition of the property or terms of the Lease Agreement must be in writing at the time of application. These requests may be written at the bottom of the application and will be considered at the same time your application is processed. Without any indicated changes, you are offering to rent the home in an “As Is.” Condition.
Pets: All our properties have a policy on pets. This policy is listed within the ad on the rental list. Most of the properties allow one(1) small to medium dog. Cats are negotiable. Due to insurance coverage requirements, most properties will not allow the following breeds: Dobermans, Pit Bulls, Rottweiler, German Shepherds, Great Danes or any attack trained animals. If you have pets, please pay close attention to the pet policy within each ad as this policy is set by the owner(s) of the property and we do not have the ability to change it. A $200 pet fee per pet is required for approved pets. At the owner’s discretion, an additional pet deposit may be charged for any approved pet.
Application: All applications may be obtained from our office or here on our website. The Application must be completely filled out, signed and submitted with a $40.00 cash processing fee and a check in the amount of the rent which will become the Security Deposit if the application is accepted. If an applicant has already done a Pre-qualification application, credit will be given for the $10.00 already submitted. Married couples that live together may complete one single application with the $40.00 fee. Roommates require an additional $20 cash processing fee, but please know not all municipalities allow roommates. A driver’s license must be photocopied when application is made. Other photo I.D. may be acceptable. Please note the tenant’s security deposit will not be refunded unless the tenant completes the term of the lease and meets all other conditions of the lease.
Processing: Applications are processed as quickly as possible and will normally be completed within 48 hours. This can be longer if a complication arises such as difficulties contacting your past landlord. We will review a credit background report, verify your employment or income, and check with any current and past landlords you have rented from. As a representative of the owners of the property, we must act in their best interests and will make recommendations to the owners. Ultimately, the owners may choose the best applicant for their needs.
Qualifying: Qualifications for properties vary dependent on the individual property owner’s instructions to us. However, in most cases, the following is reviewed: verifiable present and past landlord history; a satisfactory credit report through one of the major credit bureaus; verifiable gross income at least three times the amount of the rent. If roommates are allowed in a property; more landlord history may be required. Qualifications will be less stringent for individuals with a Section 8 voucher. A good landlord history is a must for renting one of our homes.
Approval: After an application is approved, we will immediately deposit the damage deposit into our Escrow Account. The first month’s rent and any pet fees or deposits must be paid before moving into the property. If a tenant moves into the property within 10 days of the beginning of the month, a prorated rent must be paid for these days plus the full month’s rent for the following month.
We provide some of the best Birmingham homes for rent in the metropolitan Birmingham area. We pride ourselves on maintaining quality properties you will be happy to call “Home” and you will be treated with fairness and respect as a valued customer. All properties leased and managed by Rudulph Real Estate are offered subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, country of national origin, disability, familial status, or any intention to make such preference, limitation or discrimination.