Was your apartment application recently rejected? If so its possible that you still may get approved. So don't just turn your back on the community if you really want to live there. The management company or landlord who oversees the application process has a certain way of determining whether your accepted or rejected. Learn more abut what rights you have as a renter when you apply to a certain community.

Your Rights

There is a significant difference between the application fee and the deposit. In the event that your rejected, the application deposit should be refunded to you in full. There are local rent laws in each city. So be sure and check with the rent board to determine what exactly your rights are. The application fee is usually a non-refundable amount of money that is provided to the landlord to process and run your credit and background. Some states have various laws and sometimes a certain portion may be returned to you if in fact your rejected.

So What Matters

Your landlord must make it extremely clear what he/she uses as the criteria to reject or accept you. Many reasons for rejection including the follow: criminal background, the income is not sufficient, credit history, falsifying the application, and poor rental history. This latter term may include a broken lease or a past judgement. And if the management company or landlord rejects an application and in addition does not provide the renter with clear requirements, they must refund the application and deposit.

If you feel that you have been discriminated against, you may have certain remedies.


Many times if your rejected and your willing to put more money down, or get a co-signer, they will accept you. Know your rights before you walk away. Most landlords will tell you exactly why they rejected you. Now that you know exactly why there may be some room for negotiation. It probably will fall under criminal, credit, or not sufficient income. This is the time to offer some remedies of your own. However, if its criminal, there may not be much you can do. If you can offer more money as a deposit (your income isn't sufficient) this may go a long way. It never hurts to ask.

Of course its no fun getting rejected and it can be a blow to your ego. But you do have rights to protect you if you feel you have been treated differently. Its always a good idea to pull your credit report before you apply.