Renting off the grid? Is is possible?
December 17, 2011 11:59 AM Subscribe
It's a little complicated, but it's about identity and renting.
posted by anonymous to human relations (28 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I asked this
question a while back and figured out how to apply for work without plastering my name all over the internet. Now I have a similar difficulty.
For the past few years, I've been living in a very small town and renting rooms from family and friends without the necessity of a lease. I've lead a fairly quiet life here and my footprint has been small.
Well, it's time to leave this town and I'll be renting from strangers again. This means signing a lease somewhere, which will put my name back into the public sphere. Even though it's been years since I ran from that certain dangerous someone, I know he will randomly search for me and I really don't want him to find me. My name is uncommon (if I Google it, I find four hits in the United States, and two of them are old addresses of mine). This means I cannot simply hide in a sea of Mary Smiths.
So, my question is... what resources are available for someone like me who isn't in immediate danger but still needs to lay low? How can I go about renting a room or apartment without putting my name back out where he can find it? Take my word for it that I cannot stay where I am. I've been here too long as it is.