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I was charged as an adult felony when i was 16, i am now 26, how can i get an apartment if no one rents to felons?

I am trying to get a place to live. i was charged at 16, with an adult felony on my permanent record(rough childhood). i am now 26 years old and have not been in any trouble since i was 16, I have had the same job for 6 years, i have 2 kids. yet if I put in an application to an apartment complex to live there, i waste 35 dollars to find out they wont take me because of something that happened 10 years ago. I didnt kill any one, i was not a violent offender, not a drug offender. what gives? nothing it seems. does no one make decisions based on empathy or gut feeling.
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Hi, you can also have your charges removed "adjudicated" from the courts this takes time but in the long run you will get your life back. Call your local court house and ask about it. hope this helps
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My charges are adjudicated and apartments still won't take me. Adjudicated, dropped, whatever you want to call it. No one will take me and mine are just misdemeanors. I'm sure every state is different, but felonies are tough.
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Hi Mike,

Unfortunately, some large property management companies have specific requirements their applicants must meet. These often include having no evictions or criminal records.

However, there are things you can do to make it a bit easier for you to find a home, especially since this was so far in the past. You can get recommendations from your previous landlords, and from your employers. Also, you can look at smaller property management companies or individual owners who are more likely to take each applicant on a "case-by-case" basis.

Here's a link to our housing search in Tempe to help get you started:

http://hotpads.com/search#lat=33.39197272727275&lon=-111.9282636363635&zoom=21&listingTypes=rental,sublet,room,corporate&includeVaguePricing=false&loan=30,0.0525,0

Hope that helps!
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I am a free rental property locater for tenants in the Phoenix metro area, and work this area. We contract with several properties that will take a felony...especially that old, if it wasn't a violent crime, and there is income, and you can meet standard criteria basically. If you still need assistance you can notify me and we can go from there.
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Hi W Nelson,

I'm about to be relocated to the Phoenix area, and am looking at apartments now to get a feel for the area. I would love to get in touch with you to discuss my options. Please let me know the best way to reach you.
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