A majority of landlords just want to know that you have money to pay for rent. Many landlords will accept a bank account print out of your checking/savings account or previous pay stubs that verify you have made/are making some sort of money. Landlords are mostly worried about filling vacancies, and if you seem respectable with no previous extreme convictions or felonies, and have some sort of savings, you should be good to go. The broker/realtor that I work for recently received Best of the Best in 2013, for #1 Realtor in Arizona (Tanya Marchiol), so if you have any questions that I cannot answer regarding renting/buying/selling, I will put you in contact with her! Let me know if you have anymore questions!
Team Investments Realty Inc
Most landlords understand that a lot of people have poor credit these days due to short sales, foreclosures, unemployment, etc. Therefore, I would not worry too much about your credit as long as you don't have any prior evictions or criminal record.
Please go to my web site at: http://www.PositionRealty.com to search the REAL Arizona MLS to view all the homes and townhouses currently for rent. My services are FREE since the landlord will pay the commission to me for bring them a great tenant to lease their home. If I can be of any further assistance, then please free free to contact me.
Sean Heideman, Broker / Owner
Best of luck in your search. I would be happy to refer you to a couple of rental agencies you can work with.
To put your mind at ease-- credit is not the biggest factor of approval/denial in today's rental market. If you have good rental history, a big enough security deposit and any money in the bank that will help. Believe it or not- your dog may be the biggest challenge. :-) what kind of dog do you have? Where abouts do you want to live? Most importantly what Is your budget? (You will need to make 3x the rent.) Let me know if I can help!