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How can i rent an apartment after an eviction?

In 2008 i was in a really bad car accident (completely not at fault) I was on heavy meds for 2wks straight and lost my job because my car was totaled and then my apt b/c i couldn't pay my rent and was forced to withdraw from school. what can i do?
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Colleen Corgan
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Hi Michelle,

Sorry to hear about this bad fortune! It is possible to rent an apartment after an eviction, it just might be a little bit more challenging.

If you have a stable income and savings, this will show the landlord that you are able to afford the home. You can also get recommendations from your boss to vouch for your work ethic and nature, and any landlord who can vouch that you were a good tenant.

It is likely that you will still be asked to put more money down up front than other renters. However, you may be able to minimize the amount by having a co-signer on your lease. (make sure the person you ask has good credit and is able to pay in the event that you must default).

Often times, private owners will be more willing to hear your story and overlook the flaws on your applications. Unfortunately, some property management companies view an eviction as automatic grounds for denial, regardless of the situation.

The good news is that we have tons of rentals in Durham (http://hotpads.com/search#lat=36.0007909090909&lon=-78.90115&zoom=20&listingTypes=rental,sublet,room,corporate&bedrooms=0,1,&includeVaguePricing=false&visible=new,viewed,favorite), so hopefully you'll be able to find a great place!

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