1. Who are the prospective residents?

The prospective residents are applicants who actively seek a new home.

2. What properties are currently available for rent?

Our available properties can be searched by visiting our Rentals page. If you would like further information on a property or cannot find the information you are looking for on our website, please feel free to call our office to speak to a representative at (410) 719-7199, ext 1. If you get a recording, please leave a message as our calls go directly to our mobile phones, so we can call you back as soon as we are available.

3. What is the procedure for applying to rent a DRS property?

In order to apply for an apartment, you must submit an application online here. It will instruct you to pay the $40.00 processing fee. Once complete, you will receive an email confirming your application and a request for authorization for a background check through SmartMove by Transunion. Follow the instructions and complete online.

If you are unable to apply online, you may fax the application to (877) 885-4377 or mail to us along with the $40.00 non-refundable fee to:

DRS Sumner Companies, Inc.
610 Edmondson Avenue
Catonsville, MD 21228

4. Will I need a security deposit?

All of our leases require a security deposit from the new resident. The security deposit is usually $50 more or less than the monthly rent for the particular property. In some cases, the security deposit can be higher or lower depending on the credit. Once approved, we will send you a statement for the security deposit which you can pay online.

5. What factors are considered in approving my application?

To qualify, we look at the whole picture. This includes income, credit, employment history, and references. Even though we look at many factors, that doesn’t mean we will automatically turn you down. If you are weak in one particular area, but stronger in other areas, we will take that into consideration, and again look at the whole picture when qualifying.

6. How long does it take to process my application?

In most cases, we process an application within 12 to 24 hours. In some cases, we can have an approval on the spot. This process is based on the applicant’s completeness of the application. If we should need additional information to process your application, we will call to request this information, which may result in a longer processing time.

7. My application for lease has been approved. Now what?

Once your application has been approved by our office, we will email you an electronic rental agreement for your review and signature. Please read your entire lease packet carefully and we can discuss by phone if you have any questions. Upon signing, you will receive a statement for the 1st month’s rent through the E-Pay Web portal. Upon payment of the 1st month’s rent and security deposit, you will receive the keys for move-in.

8. How long is the term of the lease?

Most DRS leases are for one year and at the end of the initial lease term, the lease will automatically continue on a month-to-month basis, unless instructed otherwise.

9. How many people can occupy my home?

DRS restricts a certain number of occupants living in one dwelling unit at a given time. The requirements are:

  • 2 persons in any efficiency or one bedroom unit
  • 1 person in any bedroom under 100 square feet
  • 2 persons in any bedroom under 120 square feet

10. Will I be allowed to have pets? If so, is there a charge?

Most pets are allowed at many of our properties. Due to insurance restrictions, you are required to have liability insurance for at least $300,000. All dogs must weigh less than 60 lbs. DRS requires a $250.00 to $300.00 partially refundable pet deposit for each pet and a pet rent of $20.00 each month. Any additional pets are $100.00 for the pet deposit and $10.00 each month. The maximum number of pets allowed is 2. All pet deposits are partially refundable at the end of the lease term, unless there are deductions for damages to the rental property.

11. I am self-employed or a student. Can I still qualify to rent from DRS?

Yes, you may still qualify. If you are self-employed, you must provide your most recent tax return or three (3) month’s business bank statements. If you are a student, you must provide some kind of income, whether it is bank statements or funds coming from a third party. NOTE -- A third party may also need to qualify in the same manner as prospective tenants. (If you are beginning a new job, please include a copy of your new hire letter from your new employer.)

12. How, when, and where do I pay the rent?

All rental payments are due on the 1st of each month and are collected electronically by ClearNow Services or paid directly from your E-Pay Web Portal. At the lease signing, we will need a voided check to sign you up for the ClearNow Service which is a free service. This service ensures timely rental payments by using a checking or savings account. If you decide to pay on your own, there is a small $3.00 fee per month.

13. What utilities will I be responsible for?

Most of our units include hot and cold water. The residents may be responsible for cooking fuel, heating fuel, and electricity depending on the unit. All residents are responsible for cable and telephone.

14. How do I get utilities put in my name?

To put utilities in your name, we recommend that you contact the appropriate utility company at least 3 days before you move into your home. The utility companies that you need to contact can be found on our Links page.