Prospective Tenant FAQs

What are Port Property Management’s rental requirements?

Port Property Management requires:
Two years of recent (within the last three years) satisfactory landlord references
A sufficient credit score (between 501-620 requires a cosigner)
Proof of income of 2.5 X 1-month’s rent
First and last month’s rent, plus a security deposit

For more details about rental requirements, see the full Rental Policy.

What if I don’t have any credit?

If your application comes back with no credit history (or “N/A”), you could still be approved as long as you have a cosigner.

How do I set up an appointment to view an apartment? Can I look at more than one?

You may set up an appointment by calling the rentals line: 207-775-5673 between 8:30am and 4pm Monday through Friday. If you would like to view an apartment located in South Portland, call 207-799-7469. There are a few things to go over on the phone as part of the pre-screening process.

We encourage you to check out all the apartments we have available on our website here and pick out a few that match what you are looking for. We can then schedule an appointment for you to look at the apartments in the same showing; call 207-775-5673 to schedule for Portland, 207-799-7469 for South Portland.



How do I apply for an apartment?

Click here to find the rental policy and access applications.




How can I check the status of my application?

If you have filled out and submitted your application for an apartment in Portland, and you have paid the application fee and holding deposit, you can check on the status of your application by calling 207-761-0832, ext. 1118, between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm Monday through Friday. If you have applied for an apartment located in South Portland, call 207-799-7469.

Will having a roommate affect my rent?

To prevent overcrowding and undue stress on plumbing and other building systems, we restrict the number of people who may reside in an apartment. In determining these restrictions we adhere to all applicable fair housing laws. All advertised prices are based on one to two tenants per bedroom. An additional resident per bedroom may reside in the apartment, with PPM’s written approval, if occupancy guidelines permit.

I’ve found an apartment I want to rent; what’s my next step?

If you would like to rent and hold an apartment, you can do so with one month’s rent and a rental application (including the $35 application fee). The one month’s rent will become your last month’s rent on file at your lease signing. You must sign your lease within 30 days of your application’s approval. If your application is declined, we will return your original deposit. If you meet our criteria, we will let you know that your application is approved. If you change your mind about renting the apartment within the 24 hours of your application and deposit being submitted, we will refund the original one month deposit. If you decide after the 24 hours has expired that you will not rent the apartment, your deposit will be forfeited.

If you have a dog, PPM will not honor a deposit until the dog has been approved (including proof of vaccinations & neutering/spaying, and a “doggy interview”). This includes those who are moving from away and have a dog. Unfortunately, we will not schedule an apartment viewing until you are able to bring your dog into the office during business hours.

What is PPM’s pet policy?

Up to 2 pets total
Some buildings accept dogs up to 75lbs, other buildings only up to 25lbs
Some breeds are not accepted
No puppies
Must be vaccinated/fixed
All dogs must be met prior to accepting an application or holding deposit

Please see the FULL pet policy here.

Does PPM accept housing subsidies?

We do accept housing subsidies. You must still meet all the rental requirements if you are using housing subsidy. For more details about rental requirements, see the full Rental Policy.

I have a lease signing scheduled; when should I put the utilities that I pay for into my name?

If you are responsible for your own heat and/or hot water and/or electric and/or water sewer, you should have these utilities put into your name before your lease signing to ensure that they are all on when you want to start moving into your apartment.

Do I have to move into an apartment on the first of a month?

You must schedule your lease signing within 30 days of your application being approved, but you do not have to move in on the first of a month. If you move in partway through the month, your rent for that month will be pro-rated. However, rent is always due by the 1st of every month following.

Do I have to sign a year lease?

We do generally require a year lease. We may be willing to negotiate the lease terms with a monthly premium. In order to discuss having a lease shorter than a year, you can call the rentals office at 207-775-5673 to discuss that possibility with a rental or leasing agent. If you would like to find out about lease terms for apartments located in South Portland, call 207-799-7469.