Broker (CDPE, CSP)
I am a property manager as well as an agent and I review rental applications daily. Here are a few tips to help get an application approved even if you don't have great credit. I suggest writing a cover letter with an introduction about who you are, why you love the rental you are applying for, and an explanation why you are moving. You should get a letter of recommendation from your current landlord to show your rental record of paying on time.
Many times people with bad credit will have a local boss, friend, or family member act as their guarantor. It makes me feel more comfortable because I make sure the guarantor has ample income and good credit. You can always offer to pay a double security deposit or pay a few additional months of rent in advance as well.
Please also check my blog - Get your rental application to the top of the stack. 4 proven tips to get your rental application approved. http://www.trulia.com/blog/JessicaAcker/2011/09/getting_your
Jessica M. Acker
Wellman Realty Company
1415 Stanford St., Suite #4
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Direct (310) 828-3132
DRE License # 01894323
That is a subjective question at best - I know from speaking to Property Managers that they are open to the discussion about credit. With so many people losing their home thru Foreclosure, Short Sale, etc. there are many reasons that these things can occur.
Because of this landlords will listen, and may take someone with bad credit depending on their current repayment circumstances.
I know that this is a bit vague, but its the reality of our current market conditions in the Antelope Valley.
I hope that this helps - if I can be of further assistance, please let me know. If your trying to restore your credit, you may want to check out this site:
Tamara Stoebe, REALTOR/Notary
GRI, e-PRO, CHS, QSC
DRE License #01827461
Prudential Troth REALTORS
1801 W. Ave. K
Lancaster, CA 93534
Fax (661) 422-3006