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 and a sufficient credit score, in addition to proof of income of two and one half times the monthly rent. If you do not have one or both of these, you may still be eligible for an apartment by having a third-party cosigner. PPM also requires first month’s rent, last month’s rent and a security deposit. For more details about rental requirements, see the Rental Policy.

What if I don’t have a strong credit score?

Your application score is based on a variety of factors including your rental history, income, and credit score. If your application score is affected negatively by your credit, you may need a third party co-signer. An application will be declined due to very poor credit (500 or below).

Can I use my cosigner’s application score to determine my security deposit?

The security deposit is always based on the main lease holder’s application score, not on a cosigner or roommate’s application score.

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 tenant per bedroom. An additional resident per bedroom may reside in the apartment, with PPM’s written approval, if occupancy guidelines permit.

Where can I find a rental application?

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, and you have paid the application fee, you can check on the status of your application by calling 207-761-0832, ext. 1118, between the hours of 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday.

How do I set up an appointment to look at apartments?

You may set up an appointment for a showing by calling the rentals line: 207-775-5673 between 8am and 4pm Monday through Friday.

Can I look at multiple apartments in one showing?

Typically we encourage you to look at the apartments we have available on our website and pick out a few (preferably no more than 5), that match what you are looking for. We can then schedule a viewing and show all of them at once.

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

If you would like to hold an apartment, you can do so with one month’s rent and a rental application (including the $25 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 one month deposit. If you meet our criteria, we will verbally approve your application. If you change your mind about renting the apartment within the 24 hours of your application being approved, 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”).

What is PPM’s pet policy?

See the Pet Policy.

Does PPM accept housing subsidies?

We do accept housing subsidies. You must still meet all the rental requirements if you are using housing subsidy.

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.

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.