Getting a lease with an unpleasant background
December 7, 2005 1:42 PM Subscribe
MetaFilter landlords: Please help me aquire a lease...
posted by cmonkey to Home & Garden (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Three friends of mine & I are looking for a new place to live. They all have low paying jobs, but great credit. I have a high paying job, but atrocious credit and no recent rental history (I've lived in houses for the last 5 years without being on a lease). My friends keep getting rejected because they're poor, so I need to apply with them. A few questions to those of you who rent property out:
1) Is there anything
that I can do to convince a landlord that, regardless of my poor credit and missing rental history, I am actually a good tenant with a stable job who has never once paid rent late or destroyed a house? Any bribes that would work?
2) What services do you use for background checks? I'm curious what's in mine.
3) If a place says "no application fees" does that mean that they don't do background checks?
(This is a followup to this question, thanks for your help!)