Qualification Requirements

Income Requirements: Total net household income must equal a minimum of (2.5) times the monthly rent, OR, total gross household income must equal a minimum of (3) times the monthly rent.

Lease guarantors are only permitted for undergraduate student applicants. Please note that not all rentals accept undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are only accepted if the listing description indicates that they are.  Net income for guarantors must equal a minimum of (4) times their applicant's portion of the monthly rent, OR, gross income must equal a minimum of (5) times their applicant's portion of the monthly rent. Each undergraduate applicant must apply with a lease guarantor on their behalf. Lease guarantors will be required to sign the lease agreement.

Credit Requirements: 650 minimum credit score. Utilizing our screening service will NOT impact your credit score! Lower credit score (if determined to be accepted) may require a credit approval fee.

Criminal Background: Misdemeanors within the last 5 years or felonies within 10 years which are crimes against persons or property, convictions related to drugs, or certain sex offender crimes would be cause for denial.

Rental History: Actual evictions, evictions filed, and/or outstanding balances due to a current or previous landlord would be cause for denial. Unsatisfactory rental references or lack of prior rental history/home ownership could be cause for denial.

Employment requirements: At least 6 months at current place of employment and/or 2 years of employment in the same field.

****Failure to meet one or more of the requirements above, if accepted, may require a higher deposit and/or lease term to be pre-paid in full to qualify****

Pets: Each applicant must complete the pet/animal verification/screening process. This is not only for pet and animal owners but also for applicants that DO NOT own a pet or animal. Any and all animals are required to be listed on the application. Click the button below to view our pet policy and begin the pet/animal verification/application process.

Before submitting an application, please note the following: 

  • We are not set up to accept Section 8 vouchers at this time.
  • Application fees are $75 per person and are non-refundable—no exceptions.
  • Properties are advertised and are to be accepted 'as-is.'

Application Process

  • Each adult over the age of 18 that intends to occupy the property must apply—NO EXCEPTIONS. 
  • Once all applicants have completed the online application and pet/animal verification in its entirety, we will conduct a basic screening and your application will move forward for review.*** The application decision will not be made until rental references from current/previous landlord are obtained, if applicable.

***IF THE PROPERTY HAS AN APPLICATION DEADLINE ON THE LISTING DESCRIPTION, you will be notified when your application is complete, but the application will not be reviewed or fully processed until the date of the deadline, when the application decision will be made. These applications are not approved on a first-come, first-serve basis—they are approved based on which application is the most qualified for the home in accordance with the South Carolina Fair Housing Law. 


Proof of Income Requirements

RECOMMENDED (FASTEST) - Verify income directly through your personal bank account with Plaid. For more information about Plaid, click here
  • Encrypted - Transfer of your information is encrypted end-to-end. 
  • Private - Your credentials will never be made accessible to Findigs application software or to Charleston Property Company.
  • Instant - Linking your bank account will process your application faster.****

If you choose to forgo the bank link option, you must upload your proof of income according to the guidelines listed below:

  • Consecutive pay stubs from the last 60 days.****
  • If self-employed, a copy of the previous year's tax return must be provided. (Example: If you are applying in 2021, we can only accept a 2020 tax return)

WE DO NOT ACCEPT: Bank statements in the form of an attachment or any other source of unverifiable income. If you wish to prove your income through a bank statement, it must be done through the bank link feature mentioned above. 

If you are starting a new job, you must provide a signed and dated offer letter showing future income on company letterhead. Please note that a signed offer letter or employment verification letter may be used to supplement your proof of income documentation but must be accompanied with either consecutive pay stubs for the last 60 days or the previous year's tax return (as mentioned above, only if you were previously self-employed).

****Additional documentation may be required upon request to further verify income. 

I Am Approved! What Happens Next?

  • Once you have been approved and can verify that you have viewed the property, you will be sent your lease for signature. You will have 48 hours to sign and another 48 hours to pay the reservation fee, which is typically equivalent to the first month's rent. Once your lease term has begun and you take possession of the home, the reservation fee will be converted to the security deposit.
    • The Charleston Property is pleased to offer a security deposit alternative through Rhino. Please click here or visit Rhino's website for more information. If you are interested in opting into this program, there will be a one-time setup fee of $299.
  • Prior to receiving your keys, the first month's rent and (1) resident setup fee of $199 will be due. In addition to this, any pet fees (if applicable) as well as the first month of charges for the Resident Benefit Package ($29.99) will be due.
  • Each lease will be enrolled in The Charleston Property Company's Resident Benefit Package for $29.99 per month per lease. This program is mandatory for all residents. 
  • Unless otherwise stated in the listing description, pet fees are as follows: $250-$325 non-refundable pet fee per pet + $25-$45 pet fee per month per pet. More information can be found on our pet policy page.
  • Residents must provide proof of renters insurance upon signing the lease agreement.
  • We are proud to have partnered with AssetProtect, a cost effective renter's insurance option. Signing up will be hassle-free; if you wish, you will have an opportunity to opt-out at the time of lease-signing. For just $17.00 per month you can enroll in AssetProtect and the monthly premium is billed with rent. If you have questions regarding this program, please contact the number listed on this flyer.

**Please note that a full first month's rent will be due prior to move-in. If your move-in date occurs mid-month, you will pay the pro-rated rent amount during the second month of your tenancy. 

As a company, we do business in accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law and welcome Persons of all Race, Color, Religion, Sex, Handicap, Familial Status, or National Origin.

Due to the volume of applications that are received every day, the applications department does not accept phone calls. If you have any questions, please email us at  

They followed up with what they said, no long wait times. They also kept me informed of everything that was going on and needed. Friendly to work with. If others would use their system of renting or buying there would be alot less stress in the world. I will tell anyone looking to rent/lease to try them, they are worth the time to check out.
November, 20

Charleston Property Company offers a variety of options. The staff is courteous and professional. One can sense that they genuinely want to help.

Their tools and processes to transact with you are pretty slick. No waste of time here.

I highly recommend them.


Francois Rizzetto
April, 20
I called this morning because I needed information about how to apply for a property. Jazmín was amazing! She was kind and super patient with me. She took the time to guide me through their website and made sure to answer all my questions. That's something you can't find these days.
Sofi Giv
November, 20

I would recommend using CPM if you are considering renting a property. Abby and Maria are very helpful, pleasant, responsive, and professional. In my experience, it is a much more seamless process than renting directly from a property owner.


Grayson Sandy
December, 20

Abby, has been very professional and responsive! She helped our move in process to be less stressful.
She responded promptly to our questions and made sure our process was a pleasant one. Thank you, Abby for giving us 5 star service.


Dawn Hudson
November, 20

I’m really happy with this property management company. So many of my experiences renting in Charleston have been terrible but CPC has thankfully been the best. Their whole team has been easy to work with and they are really responsive. Any time I’ve needed something they’re quick and helpful. Highly recommend.

Alexandra Spera
October, 20


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