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Is it even possible for someone with a criminal record to rent a house or apartment?

Asked by Mary, Jacksonville, FL Wed Oct 27, 2010

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Even if you are a peace loving hippy who got caught up and ended up a criminal record for a bit of pot, you will be discriminated against. Its a yes or no system that doesn't care. You are marked for life. Here is what you do. Work hard and save your money. become a real estate investor or business owner and rely on no one. Be sure to conduct your own business and never hire a broker. They are the lynch pin in the system that supports this discrimination. Don't take bank loans because they too have a part in this. Own your own home and pay none of these riff raff of human beings a cent. Live your life as if you are at war with the system and pass it down to your children. Sit back, be proud of your hard work and your character. You are so much better than most of these people. They will discriminate against you. Don't second guess your instincts. They will lie to you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 7, 2016
Of course it is, all will depend on the landlord.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
Yes, it is even possible for people who have a criminal record to own a house. Be honest and upfront with the people who are asking for the information. When they have established TRUST, it is amazing where you can go from there.

Best of luck to you,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 16, 2013
Everyone has been affected by criminal activity indirectly or directly, It is impossible to avoid such
activity in our modern capitalistic society. But, for renters, a letter vouching for the person from a
credible source will assist when making such decisions. I suggest a full disclosure of all available
information and cross your fingers and pray......
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 15, 2013
what apartments or houses take people with criminal history.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Dec 2, 2012
I agree with all answers here. Just remember, certain crimes must be disclosed so be sure to abide by the law. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 27, 2010
I will 2nd Anna Brocco's comment. Serious crimes will not be taken lightly.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 27, 2010

I agree with TR - the property management companies are going to do background checks. You could include an explanation of what occurred or how you have changed since then as additional info for the owner to make their own decision.

As well as driving around, I would also recommend checking out online communities, such as Craigslist and the local classifieds, many of which can be found online.

Good luck!

Carol Zingone
Broker Associate, CDPE, GRI, LMC, SFR, SRES
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 27, 2010
Most property management companies are going to run background checks and that will come into play. I would personally drive around and look For Rent signs in the yard and call up those owners. These are people most likely not using a property management company or paying the fee to run a background check on applicants. Plus with the actual owner you will be able to discuss the past and provide references on why you would be a good renter. A steady job and a few solid references showing you can be reliable go a long way in todays market.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 27, 2010
Much will depend on the individual landlord and the severity of crimes committed.
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