Applicant Eligibility

Notice: Tenant Screening Process

The following criteria must be met by applicants:

At least one member of the household must be 18 years of age or legally emancipated with proof of emancipation.


  • Apartments have a maximum income limit based on household size. All sources of income must be disclosed and verified for all the household members.
  • Household income must be at minimum 2.5 times the annual rent, or have accessible financial assets to cover the gap for the length of the lease.
  • Households with a Seattle Housing Authority, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, or similar, are exempt from the 2.5 income criteria.
  • Maximum incomes are listed here.

Public Record

Criminal and court history:
CHH shall automatically deny application and/or rescind intent to enter into a rental agreement based on the information that is disclosed by the applicant and/or verified by the staff during eligibility review.

The following shall be cause for CHH to automatically deny housing opportunities:

  • Applicant or household member is a registered sex-offender or has been convicted of a sexual crime
  • An applicant or household member demonstrates abusive or violent behavior that may pose a direct threat to the health, safety or welfare of residents, the public or staff
  • Methamphetamine production in housing or elsewhere
  • Sale or distribution of methamphetamine
  • Eviction from housing for methamphetamine activity

Applicants or household members with pending criminal charges will not be considered for housing opportunities until the charges have been formally dismissed.

A household in which any member is currently engaged in illegal use of drugs or for which CHH has reasonable cause to believe that a member's illegal use or pattern of illegal use of a drug may interfere with the health, safety and right to peaceful enjoyment of the property by other residents.

One-year wait time:

  • Single incident of drug related misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor conviction
  • History of multiple incidents resulting in misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor convictions
  • Requires one year of clean criminal history immediately following most recent conviction

Five-year wait time:

  • Single incident of drug related felony conviction
  • History of multiple incidents resulting in drug conviction of any kind
  • History of multiple incidents resulting in non-violent felony convictions
  • Single incident of felony assault
  • Conviction of domestic abuse
  • Requires five years of clean criminal history immediately following most recent conviction

Seven-year wait time:

  • Any violent felony not previously addressed
  • History of multiple violent convictions
  • Conviction of a hate crime
  • Requires seven years of clean criminal history immediately following most recent conviction and Individual Assessment request. Please speak to a member of our staff about this process.

Individual Assessments

Applicants who do not meet the conviction wait time requirements, who have convictions that fall under the seven-year wait time category, or who have pending convictions may request an Individual Assessment of their application. Please speak to a member of our staff about this process.
Requirements for Individual Assessments

Rental History

Rental history can be a room rental or with roommates as long as the applicant paid rent directly to the landlord and it can be verified. Positive landlord references that cover a period of two years immediately prior to entering into a rental agreement with CHH.

If applicant does not have two years housing landlord references, then applicant must provide the following:

  • Three third party non-friend, non-family positive professional references who has professional knowledge of the applicant(s) for at least six months, preferably one year.

Examples of professional references include but are not limited to: case manager, supervisor, co-worker past or present, professor, teacher, shelter worker, clergy, and social services agency worker. If the applicant only has one year of landlord references then two positive professional references must be supplied along with the one year landlord reference. Must be able to validate consistent responsible and lawful behavior.

In lieu of rental references criteria for homeless applicants:

  • One professional reference confirming the applicant's homeless status
  • One positive professional reference, preferably three; can be the same person who verified homelessness

Positive rental history is defined as:

  • Must be considered a "lessee" or "responsible party" of the previous landlord
  • No outstanding balances owed to any current or previous landlord
  • No evictions or unlawful detainers ever from CHH
  • No current 3-day notice to pay or vacate
  • No more than two legal notices in the previous 12 months for any member of applicant household including 3-day to pay or vacate, 10-day for late fees and monies owed, 10-day notices to comply or vacate
  • No 20-day notice issued within the previous 2 years
  • No 30-day notice issued within the previous 2 years
  • Not currently in process of involuntary termination of tenancy
  • No eviction or unlawful detainers within the last 2 years
  • No pest control issues


Student restrictions at some properties prohibits all household members from being full-time students.

Households where all members are full-time students must meet one of the following exceptions:

  • Married and filing a joint federal tax return with spouse
  • Single parent with a minor child and neither are dependents of a third party
  • Receiving benefits under Title IV of the Social Security Act (e.g., TANF)
  • Enrolled in a job training program funded by State or local government
  • Previously under the care of a state foster care system

See rental listing and property information for student restrictions


Pets are welcomed at our properties:

  • Proof of inoculations, spay or neutering and a current City pet license is required
  • Pet deposit is 25 % of the first-full month’s rent
  • Resident must abide by the CHH Pet Agreement - Please ask to see the Pet Agreement

Note: Service and companion animals are not considered pets and require a Reasonable Accommodation Request with verification.

HUD subsidized properties: Pet deposit is the lesser of 25% of the first-full month’s contract rent or $300.00.

Fees and Deposits

Screening fee is non-refundable and payable by money order, cashier's check, or Visa / MasterCard; no cash or personal checks accepted. $52.00 for each adult applicant, 18 or older. Applicants of HUD subsidized properties do not pay a screening fee.

Security deposit is payable by money order or cashier's check; no cash or personal checks accepted. Due within three business days of approval.

Move-in rent due at lease signing, payable by money order or cashier's check; no cash or personal checks accepted.

Comprehensive Reusable Tenant Screening Reports

We accept Comprehensive Reusable Tenant Screening Reports.

First In Time

Capitol Hill Housing will allow an additional 72 hours for submission of additional information necessary at time of original application.

What to bring when you apply