Apple Realty's Process for Renting Homes

Apple Realty manages several rental properties in the area. If you are interested in seeing one of these get in touch, and we'll up a time for you to see the property.

Background Check

We do a Credit, Criminal Background, & Rental History Check

There is a $39.95 non-refundable application fee that pays for the background/credit check. This is required for each adult applicant. There is no fee required for a tenant moving from another Apple Realty property.

Income & Credit Requirements

Rent amount can not be more than 30% of your income—We recommend 25% or less. (The exact amount is explicitly stated on the listing page)

You do not have to have perfect credit to rent from us—however the credit score will be looked at, and if you are a credit risk we may need to increase the security deposit. If you score is below 640 a security deposit equal to two months rent will be required.


If after viewing the property you'd like to put in an application — The application can be downloaded or printed from here. If you don't have a means of printing the application, we'll be happy to make other accommodations for you.

Please note that every adult staying in the home will be listed on the lease and will have to make seperate application.

Once the application(s) are filled out, drop them off at our office in Blountville. We have an after hours drop-box beside the front door. (Do not leave cash in box). Alternatively, you may fax the application to 423-968-7653 or e-mail to

If your application is denied, the security deposit will be returned to you. However, security deposits are non-refundable for any other reason. If you simply back out -OR- change your mind after turning in an application, you will not get it back.


How Long Does It Take?

Once we have the application, we will begin the process of calling your references, verifying your income, and ordering the background/credit checks. The whole process usually takes a few days—please allow 3 business days before checking on your application. (It may take longer, if your references are not responsive.) Someone from Apple Realty will let you know whether or not you've been approved.

Once Approved, Before You Move In

Assuming everything checks out, we'll prepare the lease paperwork and get it ready for you to sign. After you have signed the lease, go ahead and get utilities turned on in your name and get a receipt.

At this point we'll need:

After we get these from you—we'll give you the keys and you're free to move in (on the lease start date)!

Application Denied

If your application is denied, the security deposit will be returned to you. Someone from Apple Realty will get in touch to discuss the return of security deposit, and discuss the details of the application.

Paying Rent

There are a few options for paying rent:

  1. Direct Deposit: Most of out tenants pay their rent by direct deposit at First Horizon Bank (Locations & biz hours here). Contact us for the account number that you will need. If you choose to utilize this method of paying your rent, you must email a copy of the bank receipt to If you don't send us a copy, we won't be able to credit you for the payment.
  2. Mail It: Payments may be sent by mail to 1699 Blountville Blvd, Blountville, TN 37617 (must be received by the 4th in order to avoid late fees)
  3. At Our Drop Box: We have a 24 hour drop box at our office — NO CASH, personal check, money order, or cashier's check ONLY if you use this option.
  4. Online Payments: Several banks offer Bill Pay (or something similiar) to pay bills online. Several tenants have this set up, contact us for our account and routing information if this something that you'd like to do.

Late Fees

All rent is due on or before the 1st of every month. Payments can be made through the 4th without any late fees.

Payments received by Landlord when there are arrearages, shall be credited first, to any outstanding balance, and then applied to the current amount due.

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