A New Jersey Rental Application Form is not a lease agreement of any kind, but rather an application that facilitates the rental process. This is used to look into an applicants rental and financial history, to protect a landlord from signing with problematic tenants they would need to evict. A landlord has the right to charge a nonrefundable fee for this kind of application.
In order to prepare for this kind of application, a tenant should bring, or have easy access to, their social security number, proof of work (such as pay stubs or similar) and the contact information for any previous landlords they wish to use as references. References should obviously be easy to contact and as complimentary as possible.
While these forms are primarily to help minimize the chances of a landlord signing with a tenant they will need to evict, they can also be useful for the applicant. Any worthwhile property will have multiple applicants, and an exceptional rental application can help the tenant secure the property over less qualified applicants.