An Idaho Rental Application is a helpful tool for property managers, landlords, owners, or anyone who needs to vet a potential tenant before deciding to offer a lease agreement. The document ensures you collect the necessary information while respecting the rights of applicants.
Idaho has specific laws for how landlords should use rental applications and how to choose their tenants. Ensure you’re aware of the state laws before entering a lease agreement.
Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, a rental application may not ask questions about a prospective tenant’s race, religion, national origin, familial status, disability, or sex (gender identity and sexual orientation). However, the Idaho Fair Housing Law allows some limited exemptions from the Fair Housing laws under certain circumstances.
- Family status. You may inquire about children for two-family owner-occupied rentals. Owner-occupied rentals may decline to rent to families with children.
- Age. An applicant’s age can be a determining factor in age-restricted communities and senior housing. The Housing for Older Persons Exemption is a federal immunity for individuals over 62.
- Idaho recognizes the Mrs. Murphy Exemption, which relieves owner-occupied dwellings of four units or less from the Fair Housing Act if the owner or a family member occupies one of those units.
There is no limit on what a landlord may charge for Idaho rental application fees. Experts advise landlords and property managers to use their best judgment and keep the fees reasonable and proportional to the cost of the background check or other applicable fees.
Idaho state law does not limit the amount of security deposit a landlord can collect. There is also no requirement for a separate holding account for the deposit. However, a rental unit must be available before the landlord can accept a rental application, deposit, or fee. The law does not allow landlords to collect applications for future vacancies.
Landlords in Idaho may charge tenants pet deposits as long as the amounts are reasonable. Service dogs and emotional support animals are exempt.
How To Conduct an Eviction Record Search
You should search for records to determine if your candidate has been evicted or broken a lease. You can have an agency do this, or you can do the research yourself through the iCourt Portal of the central Idaho state court website.
There is a 3.5% transaction fee for credit card payments. As of December 2022, the court does not accept PayPal and similar online transaction payments.
Review the names carefully. Individuals can have similar or identical names. Check for other identifying features in the case files.
Other Landlord Resources
The Landlord and Tenant Manual comes from the Idaho Attorney General’s Office to help both parties understand their rights and responsibilities.
The Blaine County Housing Authority lists resources for local landlords and valuable links for all Idaho landlords and property managers.
Check the Idaho State Sex Offender Registry to see if the state lists your applicant as a sex offender.
Below is an example of a standard Idaho rental application form. You may download this free form or use our document builder to create a customized rental application.