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Heather Maca…, Renter in Ventura, CA

For someone with bad credit, how do they go about renting a place to live?

Asked by Heather Macarthur, Ventura, CA Tue Aug 2, 2011

Trying to help a friend. without a good credit score, how does someone go about renting a place to live?

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There is an excellent company in Oakland, Ca that is called Waypoint Homes. They currently work with tenants that have experienced short sales, and foreclosures on their credit reports. Please see the following contact information:
Waypoint Real Estate Group, LLC (formerly Wiel Brien)
1999 Harrison Street, 22nd Floor | Oakland, CA 94612
direct (925) 406-4619
I highly recommend this company. They currently manage a portfolio over 500 homes. Waypoint will offer lease options for those who want to purchase. They will also assist a tenant in future purchases with a credit back of the rent paid. The purchaser does not have to buy a Waypoint owned home. My clients that I have referred to this program expressed sincere appreciation for the dignity and respect with which they were treated.
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Landlords are pretty sympathetic in this economy. With a letter of explanation and some good references you should be okay. It may not be easy to find something quick. Just keep trying.
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I have horrible credit make enough single with two children looking for an apartment in oxnard wanna start new life
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well, since this queston was asked back in August....I would hope Heather's friend has been able to rent something by now!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 5, 2012
Even Walter Disney went through bankruptcy. Donald Trump has been there as well... So it is not end of world when your friend has less than perfect credit. There are some ways around it. One option: get a co-signer, such as your parents. Or put down more deposit money to landlord. You might have better chance if you go to a less competitive community, where landlord/ manager need a tenant to avoid vacancy. Most importantly, be honest with the landlord about your situation, ask them what you can do to make it happen. Most sophisticated landlord/ manager will try to work with you. If you happen to encounter a less friendly landlord, move on to the next opportunity. Believe me, you will find a good home, although it may take some time.

Realtor Lixin Durborow
Troop Real Estate, Inc.
Ventura County, CA
RealtorLixin.com
RealtorLixin@gmail.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 5, 2012
Dear Heather,
Some Apartment complexes are not as strict as others where leasing is concerned. You might also find a homeowner who is leasing themselves, who will give your friend a chance. When a person has bad credit, it does reflect upon how they handle their bills, making them a high risk for landlords. If your friend offers a large deposit that will help.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 3, 2011
Understand that about half the people in the United States now have bad credit:
If all the Landlords refused all those people, we would have a LOT of homeless people.

Go find a House or Apartment that is owned and managed by a people/person, not a Management Company; make an appointment and talk to them; tell them what happened and what you are doing. Be open and honest: If they won't rent to you, you probably didn't want them as your landlord anyway.

Good luck and may God bless
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