Office: 614-538-1717
Fax: 614-538-1101
1695 Old Henderson Rd. Columbus, OH 43220
Rickert Realty
& Property Management

Interested in renting a property from us? Here are the basic guidelines that we look for to approve a tenant to rent one of our available properties:

How does the process work?: If you see one of our properties, and you like it and feel you will qualify, you can apply either on-line or by filling out the application you can get from the leasing agent at the property. It normally takes 2 business days to process your application, a little longer if your present or previous landlord does not respond promptly. We do not process applications until you see the property. Filling out the application fully and completely will aid in a fast answer. You must then pay the $30 per adult fee to begin the process of screening.

Setting a showing to see a home: Each home we have available to rent will have a link in the property to set up a showing as well as a date and time of the next showing. Just click on any property you see on our website and there will be a time set-up for showing and a link to set up a showing. You must set up a showing to see a house, and you must confirm your showing or the leasing agent will not show up. If there is not a time on a property then it may have an application on it or not be ready to show yet. Best advice-check back.

What if there is no time available on the site?: That means there is already an application taken on the property which is being processed, or its not ready to show yet, or it simply doesn't have an agent set up to show it yet. Best advice? Try back in a few hours or the next day and check again. 

Income: The basic guideline is for gross income from all sources, before deductions, to be at least 3 times the rental amount. We add up all the income of everyone who will be signing and responsible for the lease. If you receive non-taxable income, such as retirement or child support, that income is also included and the basic guideline is 2 1/2 times the rent since there will not be deductions for taxes. Special circumstances will be considered on a case by case basis. All income received, regardless of the source of your income, will count as long as it is able to be verified.

You will need pay-stubs, award letters, or court documents to prove your income amount.

NOTE: If you do not have sufficient income, you may be able to get a co-signer to assist you in qualifying, or pay your rent in advance. 


Credit: We understand that many people do not have perfect credit, and may have had a bankruptcy in the past. Our goal is that your credit is decent, with a history of paying your bills in a timely manner in the past 12 to 24 months without any collections from past rentals or landlords. If your credit does not meet this, and you qualify otherwise, you may, in some cases, be able to obtain a co-signer with good credit or place an extra security deposit to be considered.


Evictions: Absolutely no evictions filed or completed in the past 3 years. If you fell behind in your rent and your landlord filed eviction against you, even if you settled it or moved, it still shows as an eviction. If you have extenuating circumstances such as the loss of a job or a loss of family income, you may be able to overcome this, with special approval, by using a co-signer or paying extra security deposit or paying rent in advance. Each situation is different and its up to the discretion of the property owner. 


Criminal Record:  We do not rent to sex offenders or felons that have major crimes in the past 10 years. Minor crimes, misdemeanors, traffic offenses will not eliminate a prospect in all cases, and all criminal activity will be evaluated on a case by case basis.We do not rent to sex offenders.


Smoking & Pets: We do not allow smoking in any of our rental units, nor on the property, by residents or their guests. In some cases smoking may be allowed outside on certain units. Pets may be considered on some units, with additional fee. Dangerous breeds are not accepted.


Following the Rules: If you lease from us and you, or anyone you invite to the property has an altercation with the law for any reason, this is grounds for termination of your lease. 

Dennis Swartz
Rickert Property Management
Ph: (614) 538-1717Fax:614-538-1101
1695 Old Henderson Rd.
Columbus, OH 43220 US
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