Source: Landlording-4th edition By
The application you use should have sections with information
on the applicant’s current and previous tenancies, current and
previous jobs, fellow occupants, pets, financial status,
vehicles and copies of drivers license.
The application should ask for the name of a person to contact
in case of emergency. This name would not likely appear
on an application unless specifically requested. This
information may prove vital if a tenant disappears without a
trace, as some are wont to do, fail to show up to pay rent, or
dies on the property. Such things do happen and you
ought to be prepared if they do.
Because landlords & landladies may no longer refuse to
rent to someone on the basis of marital status, you should ask
every adult who expects to occupy your rental dwelling to fill
out an application. Husbands & wives should fill out
separate applications, adult roommates, regardless of their
relationship to one another, should also each fill out an
application. You will use a great many applications but
you will be well protected against accusations of unfair
discrimination and you will have plenty of good information
for later reference.