Application Paperwork


What documents do TENANTS need to provide to apply for an apartment in New York City?

Employed By a Company:

  • Offer Letter/Employment Verification Letter/Letter from University
  • 2 Most Recent Pay Stubs
  • 2 Most Recent Bank Statements
  • 2 Most Recent Tax Return - Federal 1040 form only.
  • Copy of Photo ID
  • Previous Landlord History

Self-Employed/Business Owner:

  • CPA Letter
  • 2 Most Recent Tax Returns - First two pages of the Federal 1040 form.
  • 2 Most Recent Bank Statements
  • Copy of Photo ID
  • Previous Landlord History

***Kindly note that the majority of landlords will require the above documentation, however, additional/different documentation may be needed depending on the landlord that you are working with.

What is an Employment Verification Letter and why is it important?

Some landlords want to see a letter from your employer dated within 30 days of applying for an apartment. Very often new hires receive their offer letters after a summer internship or several months ahead of when they will start their jobs. Landlords want to ensure the potential tenant’s offer is still valid.

If you don’t have the Verification Letter, it could hold up your apartment application and cause you to lose the apartment to another application.

C2C Tip - For example, if you are coming to NYC for your apartment search on June 15th, reach out to your employer no earlier than May 15th to get your Verification Letter.

What happens if I am filed as a dependent and don't have a tax return?

If you are filed as a dependent and don't have a separate 1040 form, you won't provide a tax return.