If you messed up relations with your current landlord — maybe you were late with rent too many times — that same person might still give your future landlord a glowing recommendation about you. Yes, you read that right.
But don’t start feeling too warm and fuzzy — yet. Your landlord might be willing to make you sound good just to get rid of you as a tenant. If, however, you have a forthright landlord, the truth will come out. That doesn’t mean you’re destined to become a couch surfer, bouncing from place to place in Austin, TX, or Seattle, WA, though. Here are seven strategies to land a new apartment without a stellar recommendation from your current landlord.