City of Portland Rental Criteria - Financially Responsible

  • An application must be completed by all applicants 18 years of age or older. The application fee is $55.00 per applicant.
  • Incomplete, inaccurate or falsified information made on the application will be grounds for denial.
  • Occupancy is based on the number bedrooms in a unit. Two persons are allowed per bedroom. A bedroom is defined as a habitable room that is used primarily for sleeping with at least one window and a closet for clothing.
  • No businesses may be operated at any of our rental properties.
  • Each individual will be required to qualify individually. When multiple persons apply, their applications will be considered together as a joint tenancy. All persons will either be approved, denied or conditionally approved as a group.
  • Any applicant whose tenancy may adversely affect the property of the landlord, the property of a tenant, or the health, safety and/or right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises of tenants, the landlord or the landlord’s agent will be denied.
  • Applicant(s) acting in a threatening, combative or disorderly manner or making any derogatory or offensive comments during any phase of the meeting, application or screening process may be denied.
  • Any applicant currently using illegal drugs will be denied. If approved for tenancy and later illegal drug use is confirmed, termination will result.
  • Smoking, including friends and family, is not allowed inside any of our properties or outside within 30 feet of any open window or door. Certain properties may be more restrictive. Smoking includes tobacco, cannibis, electronic cigarettes or vapes.
  • Manufacturing, growing or presence of cannabis is not allowed at any of our properties to ensure compliance with federal law.
  • Applications are processed in an order that they are received in complete form. An application is considered complete if: 1. The online application is completely filled out for all over-18 applicants in your group, including job history/income, rental history, vehicles and pets/animals. 2. Government-issued photo identification is attached to application. 3. Income supporting documents such as pay stubs, job offer letters, proof of other source of funds, bank statements, etc. are attached to each application. 4. The screening fee is paid for each applicant. 5. The pet screening must be completed per our Pet Guidelines for all applicants (If you don’t have pets, you will sign the affidavit stating no pets). 6. Cosigner application fully complete if required.
  • All applications will be processed once the screening fee is received. Screening fees are not refundable once application processing has begun. If an application has not been processed, the screening fee may be refunded per your request, less a $5.00 refund processing fee.
  • Please understand that if your application is not considered complete, we cannot give an approval and it will not be placed in our ordering queue. We will move on to the next fully complete application in our ordering.
  • If your application is approved and another applicant has not submitted a Holding Deposit, you may proceed with submitting your Holding Deposit within 24 hours or you will lose your position, your application will be cancelled and the next application in queue will be processed. After receipt of your Holding Deposit, you will have 72 hours to sign a lease with a start date no longer than 5 days from the date the property is available for move-in.
  • If your application is approved, but another applicant has already submitted a Holding Deposit, you may choose another available property that you meet the income requirements on and your application will be placed in the ordering on that property. Your application will be considered approved for 90 days from your approval date. We may request your most receipt pay stubs when approved on a subsequent property.
  • You have 30 days to appeal denied applications, during which time you may explain negative information that may have resulted in denial. Once approved, you may choose another available property that you meet the income requirements on and your application will be placed in the ordering on that property. Your application will be considered approved for 90 days from your successful appeal date and you must certify in writing that no conditions have materially changed from those in the approved application. If conditions have materially changed, you may be denied.
  • Monthly income is based on the cumulative financial resources of all financially responsible applicants and should be equal to two and one half times the monthly stated rent or you may not qualify.
  • Applicants can show proof of income through multiples means, such as pay stubs, tax returns, investment accounts and award letters. Job offer letters on company letterhead and signed by an authorized representative of the well-established company may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Three months of bank statements will also be required.
  • If applicant will be using government housing assistance as a source of income, "monthly stated rent" as used in this section means that portion of th rent that will be payable by applicant and excludes any portion of the rent that will be paid through the assistance program.
  • Twelve months of employment history if the same field of work, otherwise two years of stable employment history, will be required if used as a source of income along with your three most recent paycheck stubs and three months of bank statements. If you receive more than 25% of your income from commissions, please provide the prior year’s Form 1040 tax return.
  • If you are using self-employment income, we must also be able to confirm your business records with the state and you will be required to submit records to verify income. Such records may include your three most recent monthly bank statements and the prior year’ tax returns.
  • For other sources of income, three months of bank statements showing required income will be requested as proof of income. Other sources of income may include alimony/child support, trust accounts, retirement accounts, social security, unemployment, disability, etc.
  • As an alternate source of income, you may show three months of bank statements or investment account statements meeting two and one half times the total annual rent.
  • If the income guidelines are not met, the applicant may, at Owner/Agent's discretion, either pay an extra security deposit amount equal to half a month's rent or use a co-signer. Co-signers must show income equal to a minimum of three times the monthly stated rent plus two times the amount of the co-signer’s monthly housing payment and must pass a complete background screening check and have a credit score of 700 or higher.
  • Twelve months of positive, verifiable contractural rental history from a current unrelated, third party landlord, or verifiable home ownership is required.
  • Rental history showing any derogatory rental information or any past due or unpaid balances to a landlord will result in denial.
  • Any eviction judgement or order over the past five years is grounds for immediate denial.
  • Three or more late rent payments or two or more dishonored checks within one year will result in denial.
  • The presence of unauthorized occupants or pets on any rental reference report will result in denial.
  • Rental history including two or more noise disturbances, law enforcement complaints or any other material non-compliance with the lease agreement or rules within the past two years will result in denial.
  • Negative or adverse debt reported on a consumer credit report may require additional security deposits.
  • Bankruptcies discharged within three years from the date of application will be require additional security deposit and you must have maintained or established two positive lines of credit since the bankruptcy. Any open bankruptcy will be denied.
  • If eighteen percent or higher of all accounts with $200 minimum high credit amounts are negative or adverse on a consumer credit report, application will be denied. Negative/adverse accounts are any non-medical items that show 60 days or greater past due, collections, debt settlements, repossessions, liens, judgements and garnishments.
  • Each applicant must have at least 3 established lines of credit.
  • Applicants found to have a "Conviction" (which means: charges pending as of the date of the application, a conviction, a guilty plea or no-contest plea) for any of the following shall be grounds for denial of the Rental Application.
  • Felonies involving murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, attempted manslaughter, kidnapping, arson, rape, sex crimes and/or child sex crimes, or manufacture or distribution or a controlled substance.
  • Felonies not listed above involving: drug-related crime, person crime, sex offense, crime involving financial fraud including identity theft and forgery, or any other crime if the conduct for which applicant was convicted or is charged is of a nature that would adversely affect property of the landlord or a tenant or the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment of the premises of the residents, the landlord or the landlord's agent, where the date of disposition has occurred within the last 7 years.
  • Misdemeanors involving assault/battery, intimidation, sex related, person crimes, drug related (sale, manufacture, delivery or possession) property damage, criminal impersonation, domestic violence, stalking, violation of a restraining order, financial fraud, burglary, possession of burglary tools or weapons charges where the date of disposition has occurred within the last 5 years
  • Misdemeanors not listed above involving criminal trespass, property crimes, criminal mischief, theft, dishonesty or any other crime if the conduct for which applicant was convicted or is charged is of a nature that would adversely affect property of the landlord or a tenant or the health, safety or right of peaceful enjoyment of the premises of the residents, the landlord or the landlord's agent, where the date of disposition has occurred within the last 3 years.
  • Conviction of any crime that requires lifetime registration as a sex offender, or for which applicant is currently registered as a sex offender, or listed in the OFAC/Terrorist database will result in denial.
  • Not all of our properties allow pets. If you have a pet, please make sure you are applying for a home that is pet friendly and that your pet meets breed and size limitations. When allowed, there is typically a 2 full-grown pet limit. An additional refundable pet deposit may be due.
  • Certain pet breeds (or mixtures) of dogs are not accepted. (Pit Bull, Rottweiler, Doberman, German Shepherd, Chow, American Staffordshire Terrier, Great Dane, Akita, Mastiff etc). You may contact the office for a complete list.
  • All pets and/or animals that will be in the rental property must be disclosed on the rental application when submitted.
  • Rabbits, snakes, reptiles, ferrets, birds, farm animals, fish tanks in excess of 5 gallons, guinea pigs/hamsters allowed outside of their cage and exotic pets are not allowed at our properties.
  • We use a Pet Screening service to perform screenings on all animals. Please create a pet profile at bluekeypm.petscreening.com and submit a photo of each pet. A screening fee may be required on each pet.
  • Tenants must provide proof of renters insurance prior to move-in and throughout the duration of the tenancy. The renters insurance policy must have a minimum of $250,000 liability coverage and name Blue Key Property Management Inc as additional insured or additional notified. Failure to carry renter's insurance is a violation and may result in fines or eviction.
  • This policy does not apply to a household with income less than 50% of the area median inocme or subsidized with government funds.

In the event of denial or other adverse action, applicants may receive a free copy of their consumer report and also have a right to dispute the accuracy of information appearing on their report.

Information such as, but not limited to, credit, criminal, eviction, rental history is used in the screening process and obtained through an authorized reporting agency: Appfolio Inc., 55 Castilian Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93117. Phone 866-468-1536.

Screening information is provided by Appfolio using a Credit Bureau: Experian, PO Box 2104, Allen, TX, 75013. Phone 888-397-3742

If your application does not meet our guidelines, you will either by denied or given a conditional approval. If your application has been denied and you would like a review, you may write to:

Write to our:
Equal Housing Opportunity Manager
Blue Key Property Management Inc
7017 NE Highway 99, Ste 216
Vancouver, WA 98665

Explain the reason you believe your application should be re-evaluated and request a review. Please complete a reasonable accommodation request form if you are seeking such. Your application will be reviewed within a reasonable time from the date your letter is received and you will be notified when the review is complete.

  • By applying for a property with Blue Key Property Management Inc, the Applicant(s) certifies that Blue Key Property Management Inc makes no warranties nor guarantees as to the condition, amenities, appliances, HVAC systems or features of the property that the Applicant(s) is applying for. Applicant(s) is to verify all aspects of the property to their personal satisfaction prior to applying for any property. The rental property is offered “as-is” in its present condition.
Blue Key Property Management


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Equal Housing Opportunity Realtor Association Clark County Realtors

Vancouver Office

7017 NE Highway 99, Ste 216
Vancouver, WA 98665

Portland Office

8885 SW Canyon Road, Ste 115
Portland, OR 97225

Main Office Hours

Monday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed