What does a Cozy rental application look like?

(For landlords)

When an applicant visits your application link, they’ll first be asked to create a Cozy account to apply. We require this in order to keep their personal information safe and to ensure they can return to their application.

There are three main sections your applicant will need to complete.

Co-applicants

Renters can invite co-applicants to join their application. Once added, Cozy will send an email invite to their co-applicants. It’s important that co-applicants start their applications from these invites (rather than starting their own application). We group co-applicants together, so that you can choose to rent to them as a group.

Applicants who are applying alone can skip this step entirely.

page to invite co-applicants with their name and email

Renter Profile

Next, we ask applicants to complete a Renter Profile. Profiles contain all of the info that you’d typically find on a paper application, plus more. Profiles contain:

Basic Information: contact details, personal information, and a short bio.

Renter profile page, where you add your name, birthday, and phone number

Employment and Income: current and previous employers, plus any other income sources.

Employment and income page

Residence History: current and previous residences and landlord contact information.

Residence history page

References: we ask applicants to include any additional references they have.

References page

Additional information: we ask your applicants to provide an emergency contact, list any pets they have, and answer a series of screening questions

Emergency contact, pets, and screening questions about bankruptcy, eviction, refusal to pay, and crime convictions

Screening Reports

If you've required credit reports or background checks as part of your listing, we’ll prompt applicants to verify their identity to run and purchase their reports. After the applicant provides their personal information and answers a series of questions pulled from their Experian credit file,  a report will be generated which they can view and automatically share with you.

If they decline to run a report, we’ll ask them to explain.

If you haven’t required reports as part of your listing, applicants can still choose to run a report and include it with their application, or opt out of running their reports completely. 

Credit reports and background checks cost $24.99 each, or $39.99 when purchased together. This fee is paid by the applicant and requires a debit or credit card. 

Screening report section, showing required credit report and background checks

Review

Finally, we’ll ask applicants to review their information, certify that it's correct, and grant permission for anyone listed on the application to release their information. As soon as they submit their application, you’ll get an email notification to let you know.

Review step, with Send application button

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