A landlord uses your credit scores to determine how you handle your debts... do you take them seriously, or do you routinely pay them late?
If your credit scores are poor, it's a strong indicator that you're not consistently on-time with your obligations... that won't help you situation. Doesn't mean it's impossible... and it depends what you mean by "not that great"... but a good credit rating is something worth protecting and cherishing.... more
Know your market rents, consult sites like Trulia and get informed. Know that things move quickly, so be prepared, well informed, and ready to act fast. In our market 1st month and security deposit are expected at signing, more than that is a stretch, unless there are pets involved. As far as pricing goes, that is heavily dependent on your specific city enclave.... more