1. First of all, make sure you’re not getting scammed
Does the rent look way too good to be true? Is the owner asking you to go to the vacancy on your own then mail him the deposit? Probably a scam. Any ad that asks for money up front, aside from an application fee, is most likely a scam.
2. Get your act together
Gather all the information you need to apply in advance: present and previous rental history, landlord names and numbers, addresses, references, job history. Take a look at a standard application form online to have an idea what info you need. You can download ours here. There is only so much information a landlord can request from an applicant on an application so all California applications request similar information. Most landlords throughout L.A. require the same thing: complete application, copy of ID, verification of income. There is not much a landlord can ask for, so it’s normally the same info every time. It’s not that difficult to prepare for this process and being prepared can be the one thing between you getting or loosing your next dream home. Gather all your information in advance. You’ll be thankful you did when you’re filling out an application on the spot for a highly sought rental.