Before You Apply

We’re thrilled that you’re interested in applying for a home with Progress Residential®. Before you apply, please take a few moments to review the information on this page to make sure you understand our qualification criteria, the fees involved, and have all the information you need to make the application process quick and easy.

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Documents you’ll need to complete the application

To complete the application, you’ll need to have the following items ready:

  • Electronic color copy/photo of a valid state or government issued photo Identification
  • Social Security Number
  • Income Documents
  • Vehicle Information (make, model, and license plate number)
  • Credit Card number and bank account information to pay initial application fees

The safety and security of your information is important to us. We verify your identity and work with Payscore to verify your income. After you apply, you’ll receive emails inviting you to complete the identity and income verification processes. Please complete those within 48 hours of applying or the application will be cancelled.  

Before you submit your application, please make sure the information you provided is visually clear, accurate and complete. Any changes to the application after submission, including changes to your move-in date or adding residents or pets, will require a $100 Application Change Fee.

Choosing your Move-in Date

One of the first things you’ll do on the application is select a move-in date. Before you do, it’s important to know that the date you select will be your lease start date, however, prior to accessing the home, you must complete the Move-in Orientation by phone or virtual meeting. This quick and easy orientation is only available Monday through Friday. If you would like to move into the house over a weekend, you must select a lease start date for a weekday prior to the weekend you would like to move in. Any changes to the application after submission, including changes to your move-in date or adding residents or pets, will require a $100 Application Change Fee.

If you’re applying to lease one of our “Coming Soon” homes, your move-in date may be subject to change. Please read this page before applying to a “Coming Soon” home. 

Application Fees

There are a few fees that will need to be paid at the time of application. Please be prepared to pay:

$250 Holding Fee
The holding fee allows us to remove the home from our website and prevent anyone else from applying to lease it. Upon approval of your application, this fee is applied toward your move-in costs. If your application is denied, the holding fee will be returned to you within 30 business days. Please note: The holding fee is non-refundable if your application is approved and you decide to cancel, or if the application is denied due to falsification of the application or supporting documentation. 

$50 Application Fee
An application fee is required for each adult (18 years and older) member of the household. Application fees will not be collected for minors. The Application fee is non-refundable.

$125 Lease Administration Fee
This is a one-time fee that applies to the application and is not based on the number of applicants on the application. 

$35 Convenience Fee (if applicable)
We accept payment of these fees through Credit Cards, Debit Cards, and ACH bank transfers. A $35 convenience fee will be applied to payments made with credit card or debit cards. Payments made by ACH bank transfer do not require any additional fees. 

$100 Application Change Fee (if applicable)
This fee only applies if you make changes to your application after it has been submitted, including changes to your move-in date or adding residents or pets. It is not due at the time of application, but we want to make sure you’re aware of it in advance. Please be sure the information you list in the application is complete and accurate. 

$40 Insufficient Funds Fee (if applicable)
This fee only applies if the banking institution for your method of payment reports that there are insufficient funds available. If this happens, your application may be cancelled, or you may be asked to pay with guaranteed funds within 24 hours and be subject to a $40 Insufficient Funds (NSF) Fee.

The fees listed above are specific to the application process. For more information about the fees and costs beyond monthly rent for our homes, please click here.

Identification Verification

To help us prevent fraud and protect your identity, we verify your identity through a simple and secure process. After you submit your lease application, all adult applicants will receive an invitation to verify their identity via email. Identity verification must be completed within 48 hours of receiving that email or your application may be delayed or cancelled.

Income Verification Requirements

To process your application quickly, securely, and accurately, we use a third-party automated income verification service called Payscore. Their service verifies and reports your income to Progress Residential, through a process you control, by securely aggregating deposit history from your bank account(s). After you submit your lease application, all adult applicants receive an invitation to this process via email from Payscore with a link to guide you through your income verification. Please watch for that invite. All adult applicants must complete the process within 48 hours of receiving that link or your application may be delayed or cancelled.

If you have questions about the income verification process, you will be able to contact Payscore support team once you apply and receive the invitation to complete the income verification process.

If you are employed by United States Military, you can help expedite the application process by uploading your Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) listing your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) to your Rent Café account when you apply.

When uploading or providing documentation, please be sure that all the documents are clear, legible, and that the name on the document matches the legal name of the applicant. Additionally, we may request Social Security card or additional supporting documents. The following items cannot be accepted as income: scholarships, financial aid awards, bank statement deposits in place of a paycheck stub, business bank statement, personal or business checks written to applicant in place of a paycheck stub, W2s, or 1099s. 

Notice of Tenant Rights

Thinking of living in the Sunshine State? Please read the notices below if you are considering living in one of the Counties below or the cities of St. Petersburg or Tampa.

Ready to Apply?

Our application process is fast, easy, and delivers initial feedback within 24 hours. It’s important to provide accurate and complete information when you apply. Your attention to detail will help ensure that we’re able to process your application as quickly as possible. Learn more about our Application Process.

If you haven’t already, please also take a few moments to read through our Qualification Criteria.