I am not only a licensed realtor, but also the owner of a property management company. I would be able to help you with getting ready to sell/purchase a home and renting a home.
There are several things that landlords look at, besides just a credit score. So, renting while you work on increasing your credit score may be your best option. I can help you with all of that.
Feel free to call me at 301-437-6645 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your credit score isn't going to be the only factor that will be considered by a lessor. I own rental property, and to me, the score itself isn't as important as what is "driving" the score. You should be prepared to explain the circumstances that caused your score to fall in detail if asked. If you can provide solid employment history, proof of adequate income, and good references - the credit score might not be weighed as heavily provided you can explain the driving factors behind the score.
It's unrealistic these days for owners to expect every applicant to have an 800+ credit score - however getting a divorce, or the inability to pay some emergency medical bills is going to be looked upon differently than if you racked up 10 credit cards over a 5 year period, never paid a dime on them or made an attempt to resolve, and are currently running from creditors.
Just be sure to be honest and upfront with your situation anywhere you apply. Most realistic rental owners are going to consider each individual on a case-by-case basis and not solely by a credit score.