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Amy Kroon, Renter in Austin, TX

why is it that no one will rent to a felon even if it means that two toddlers will be homeless?

Asked by Amy Kroon, Austin, TX Wed Jun 27, 2012

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I am sorry that you are going through this, if you are mainly applying at apartments, they will most likely turn you down. If you try using a Real estate Agent and apply for a home, they can then ask the owner ahead of time before you even spend the application fee. It is much better to get it out in the open and just let them know ahead of time. Good luck to you!!
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2012
Broker CHris Leschber at Apartment Aces can assist you. He has contacts at several communities where felonies are forgiven and people can get a fresh start.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 22, 2012
The honest answer, Amy, is the landlords aren't renting to toddlers - they are renting to the adult who made a mistake once. They want to protect their (and/or the owner's) interest in the property and the current environment allows landlords and owners to be much more selective when leasing. Most properties have more than one interested party and the best get the first shot. Put yourself in their shoes - if you had two candidates and one had a criminal record, one did not, who would you choose?

Your best bet is to find an individual owner and, perhaps, get creative with options. For example, offer to pay 3-4 months in advance.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 27, 2012
I agree with Lisa.....

Get an agent to help you....

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