Application Process


Application Packet


The Basics




          1 Bedroom - No more than 2 people in total, regardless of age.

          2 Bedroom - No more than 4 people in total, regardless of age.

Basements are strictly prohibited to be used as sleeping areas.

We offer 1 year lease terms only.

Application Requirements:

          Applicants must be at least 18 years old to be a leaseholder

          The total household, gross income per week, must be: 1BD at least $880,

1BD w/basement & 2BD at least $1,070, 2 BD w/basement at least $1,170

          Applicants must have at least a 700 credit score, and a clear background,

rental, and employment histories

Application Fees:  

          $75 Application Fee (per applicant 18 years of age and older, non-refundable)
          $150 Hold Fee (due upon approval, non-refundable)


Please Provide for Application Packet:

  1. Application fee in the form of a money order only, payable to Leonardine Gardens

  2. A fully completed Application Form 

  3. Bring 2 current forms of ID, to be scanned in our office                                                            (Driver’s License, Social Security Card, Passport, State or Federal photo ID)

  4. Two most recent pay-stubs/proof of income.   (Self-employed persons may provide last year’s tax forms and most recent quarterly statement. Newly employed persons may provide the original offer letter on company letterhead stating hire date and salary)

  5. If applicable, a pet photo, and a recent Vet statement.  Only dogs & cats are permitted.  Review restricted breed list below.  No more than 2 animals allowed per apartment.

  6. You must contact the office and schedule an appointment for application.

* Everyone 18 years and older must apply.  All applicants must supply an Application Packet, in full,  and at one time, during the same appointment.  Incomplete application packets will not be accepted.



Pet Charges & Policy:

$250 Pet Fee  (one time fee, non-refundable)

$35 Pet Rent  (per month/per pet, no more than 2 animals per apartment)

Only cats & dogs permitted.  The following breeds, including mixes, are not allowed:

 Akita, American Terrier, Bull Terrier, Chow, Doberman, German Shepherd, Husky, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, Rottweiler, Wolf  

**All animals/pets must be approved by Leonardine Gardens.  

Failure to do so may result in a cancelled lease approval, or if a lessee, will result in

but not be limited to fines and/or legal action.


Can I fill out an application online?

Answer:     Not at this time, however, the printable PDF version of the application is above, “Application Form”.  You must apply in person; each applicant's ID must be scanned in the office.


What Utilities do I pay?
Answer:     You will only be responsible for the electric.  The electric mainly consists of the lights and AC usage.  All other utilities are included.  South River Electric is our provider.



How much is the security deposit?

Answer:     The Security Deposit is equal to 1 1/2 month rent.  


What  about heating and cooling?
Answer:     The Living room AC is provided.  Only 2 bedroom apartments without an AC wall sleeve are allowed a window unit.  Each apartment has baseboard heat.  You are in control of your own thermostat!  Apartments with basements have dual zone heating.


What are the parking rules?
Answer:     We offer off street parking for tenants only.  Parking is unassigned, and free.


What is your Pet Policy?
Answer:     Please refer to the above listed "Pet Charges & Policy".  Pets refer to dogs & cats only.  All pets must be disclosed within the application packet, during the application process, and approved by Leonardine Gardens.  F
ailure to do so may result in a cancelled lease approval, or if a lessee, will result in but not be limited to fines and/or legal action.  **All pets must be disclosed  by Tenants and approved by Leonardine Gardens Management before  purchase and/or adoption or brought into the apartment home.  Failure to do so may result in eviction.


Are there Laundry Facilities?
Answer:     Yes.  
The community has 2 laundry facilities centrally located.   They offer the latest in digital payment and remote monitoring technology.  Each has 6 washers  (2 large capacity front loaders), and 6 dryers, a folding table, and rolling laundry caddy.   **Only select basement apartments offer in home laundry centers at an additional $35.00  monthly.


How can I make my rent payment? 

Answer:     We encourage tenants to use their online account portals to make online payments and to review all transaction history.  It can be accessed via the Tenants tab of this site.  The newest portal offering is Credit Reporting!   Only on time rent payments are reported to all 3 credit agencies when using the portal; no negative impact!  Payments may be automatic or manual.   (There is a $2.95 per use fee when using a checking/savings account, less than $36 per year!  The per use for debit/credit card fee is 3%.)  The credit reporting feature helps maintain and build good credit, as well as showing long term* rental/real estate payment history! *Based on length of tenancy.


When is the rent due?
Rent is due on or before the 1st day of each month.  If not received by the 6th day of each month, rent is considered late and a $75.00 Late Fee will be charged.


Do you send me a rent bill every month?

Answer:     No, rent is expected on or before the 1st day of each month.  Please refer to the above question on "rent due date".


What about Maintenance?

Answer:     Our Maintenance Team is well vetted and top notch!  Your only responsibility is to change light bulbs and clean the AC filter when the indicator light goes on.  Our usual turn around is same day - 2 days, depending on the time of year.  Tenants complete the form on the Tenants tab of his site for work order requests.  We offer 24/7 Emergency Maintenance, (emergencies only), within a 30 minute response time.


Are there any amenities?


  • Most apartments feature beautiful hardwood floors. 

  • Quality kitchen cabinets, appliances, and a hood vent or built in microwave.  Those offering a dishwasher have an additional $35.00 premium to rent. 

  • Cable ready (Comcast only), satellite dishes are not permitted.

  • All offer a private balcony.

  • Blinds are included.

  • There is a small off-leash dog park.  Our extended community is connected via sidewalk, which makes for ample choices for lovely walks. 

  • We are surrounded by beautiful single family homes, 1 mile from 18N.

  • There are multiple mouthwatering restaurants within a 5-10 minute drive, or 1 mile delivery!

  • There are at least 3 brands of grocery stores, home design stores, and various shopping malls within 3 - 10 minutes drive. 

  • Our Location tab lists the nicest parks in our immediate area, with links. 


110 Leonardine Avenue, A7A • South River, NJ 08882 • 732-238-7446 •

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