A Rhode Island Rental Application Form is, as the name implies, a form designed to allow a landlord to screen potential tenants for financial issues or problems with previous tenants, in order to ensure that any and all tenants will pay their rent on time and in full, and will abide by all the provisions of the lease. A landlord has the right to charge a nonrefundable fee for this application.
As the cost of eviction can often be high, without any guarantee of financial recompense, landlords want to make sure they only sign long term leases with tenants who have a history of satisfied landlords. Similarly a potential tenant who wishes to be sure of securing a property will often want to use their rental history to impress the property manager.
To be prepared for a rental application, a potential tenant will wish to have, or have easy access to, their social security number, employment history (including possibly pay stubs) and the names and contact information of any previous landlords they wish to use as references.