Rent A Home FAQ

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Where am I on the waiting list? 2017-01-14T10:03:46+00:00

Please contact us at (760) 934-4740 and we will be happy to assist you with this information. We may not be able to tell you exactly when you might expect to be offered a unit, but we should be able to at least tell you whether the applicant’s in front of you are looking for a similar unit, or not. If the applicants ahead of you have very different needs, you have a better chance of being offered a unit sooner, rather than later.

How long is the waiting list? 2017-01-14T10:02:52+00:00

If you would like to know how long the current rental waitlist is or where you are on the waitlist, feel free to call us, come by the office, or use the Contact Us Form on this website.

I’ve just submitted my application, how long will I have to wait for housing? 2017-01-14T10:02:08+00:00

Units for rent become available at different times. An applicant’s wait time will depend upon the date and time the application was approved, how many households are ahead of you, and whether or not those applicants are looking for a unit of similar size and income level. When a unit becomes available, the first household on the list that meets that particular unit’s size and income level is offered the unit.

What documentation will I have to provide with my application? 2017-01-14T10:01:30+00:00

You will need to provide copies of previous year’s or most current federal income tax returns, W2’s, 1099’s, household information, current and previous employer information, and asset and liability information.

Will I be required to pay a security deposit? 2017-01-14T10:00:51+00:00

Yes, all units will require a security deposit. The amount of the security deposit will depend on the unit you rent.

How much rent will I have to pay? 2017-01-14T10:00:18+00:00

Rental rates for MLH workforce housing are based upon a household’s annual income. Rental rates for workforce housing units are intended to be affordable to persons and households earning very low to above-moderate incomes. Generally, a household can expect to pay between 30% and 38% of their gross household income on housing expenses, including rent and utilities.

To determine how much rent you might pay, add the gross monthly income (before taxes) of all household income earners over 18 and multiply that number by .30 (30%).

I have a pet. Can I move into an apartment and keep my pet? 2017-01-14T10:04:18+00:00

No, MLH’s workforce housing rental units do not permit pets.

Can I still apply if I am receiving income from other investments? 2017-01-14T10:04:15+00:00

Not more than 25% of the gross household income can come from non-employment sources, i.e. assistance from parents; dividends from investments; etc.

Does my income have to be a certain amount for me to qualify for housing? 2017-01-14T10:04:23+00:00

Yes, there are U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) income limits that are posted and updated annually. You can view them in the Resources section. MLH Workforce Housing units are intended to be affordable to persons and households earning low to above-moderate incomes.

Additionally, there are minimum income requirements. Generally, your monthly gross income should be at least two-times your monthly rent.

Households earning less than $150,000 per year can qualify. Savings accounts and other investments do not automatically disqualify you as an Applicant.

Do I have to be a resident of Mammoth Lakes to be eligible? 2017-01-14T09:57:54+00:00

Preference is given to households with at least one member that has worked in Mammoth Lakes for at least the previous six months for an average of 30 hours per week, and households that have lived in Mammoth Lakes for the previous six months. However, anyone may apply.

How do I apply for housing? 2017-01-14T09:57:15+00:00

Click on either “Rent a Home” or “Buy a Home” depending on which application you are interested in. Download the appropriate application form in English or Spanish. If you prefer to receive your application via mail or email, please contact us.

What does “affordable” mean? 2017-01-14T14:37:19+00:00

According to the federal government, housing is considered “affordable” if it costs no more than 30% of the monthly household income for rent and utilities. “Affordable” housing should not be seen as derogatory, but as a positive spending habit and healthy budget. As a community, we need to offer a wide range of housing opportunities for the diverse populations that live and work here.