What do you do when you have bad credit and no one will rent to you?

Answer:

First try to pay what you owe and work out an agreement to remove any negative judgemetns on your credit report. If that isn't an option, there are a few other things you can do to give yourself some credibility. 

  • - Be upfront about your situation to a potential landlord before they run your credit. Being transparent about what's going on and your plan of action can show good-will to a new landlord. 
  • - Offer to pay a few month's rent in advance, in addition to your security deposit. Also give current pay stubs and accurate information.
  • - Find a roomate, or have a Guarantor or co-signer to sign the lease. This ensures that someone will pay if you default. 
  • - Provide letter of recommnedations from employers and other landlords. This can show that you can pay rent timely even if your credit is shot. 

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