Forget large landlords, be prepared to pay extra security, come with a 'resume' of your job now, personal references ad a financial statement with backup. Go for something simple and well within range, get a copy of your credit report, are you maxed or does it show a strong sense of fiscal responsibility?We don't give breaks...we give consideration to those who have shown they have come a long way back already. I know that sounds tough...you may need to do a roomate situation first. But only go for apartments for which your current income is well OVER-qualified for.
You may be able to get some help from a service called insurent, in addition I'm not sure but I believe that negative information on your credit report is supposed to be removed after 7 years and if not removed you can request it.The other suggestion would be to rent a room/ be a roomate.
Good Luck to You!
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