Don't know why your credit is so low, and I hope you're working on improving it - but a landlord will, hopefully, concentrate on whether you have enough income to afford the rent, and whether you have paid your previous landlord on time!
That kind of reference will be very important!
If you have a reasonable explanation for your low scores, I agree with Keith - I'd write a letter explaining it - also highlighting your positive qualities.
Individual landlords can make their own decisions..............larger management ocmpanies may not be so forgiving.
Management companies want to see steady income & a good credit score. But that does not always mean its impossible. Honesty is always the best policy when talking to management companies. Sometimes you can negotiate a larger security deposit to show good faith.
Century 21 Broadhurst & Associates
There is hope but it will not go without a hard effort. I would suggest trying to appeal to individual landlords and not rental communities. Also I would suggest you write a letter to each property owner that you apply to explaining why your credit is so low and how much you would love to live in their property. Also try looking on Craigslist for rentals, you will have a good variety there. Best of luck!