how best to explain a felony conviction on a rental application.
January 22, 2012 9:32 AM Subscribe
how best to explain felony convictions on a rental application?
posted by austere to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
one of my friends (BF) is moving into an apartment with another mutual friend (MF) of ours who we've both known for a very long time. BF and MF found an apartment yesterday that they fell in love with and they're turning in their rental applications in a couple of days.
MF has a felony larceny & conspiracy conviction (typical great-guy-makes-major-mistake situation; he stole a laptop from the megastore he worked at and was dishonest with detectives -- this was some five or six years ago). while this has never seemed to present a problem in his previous rentals, this building in particular is a bit more highbrow (as well as secure) and they aren't sure if the leasing office will be a bit more scrutinous. for what it's worth, BF has a long and positive relationship with the leasing company and MF has had no other convictions beyond traffic violations.
how can MF most succinctly explain this on the application (it asks specifically for an explanation on a separate page)? he's really fantastic guy who fucked up big time several years ago, and they're really concerned about how bad these convictions look on paper.