If the private landlord doesn't work, you might have to bite the bullet and pay a larger deposit. The deposit is the landlord's security that you will be a responsible tenant. If you were evicted, property management companies will approve someone else in line for an apartment who has not given a landlord a problem.
I agree with the answers below. It will be difficult to get a rental with an established property manager due to the prior eviction. You will be better off responding to a private landlord. The only problem is that rentals are at such a premium now the best applicants get in first. It might be a good idea to get a roommate or a co-signer to help with the qualification. Best of success to you.
Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
1776 S. Jackson St. #412
Denver CO 80210
Jodi, try a private landlord, not a management company. There are private property owners out there who do not run credit checks and have more relaxed standards to leasing in general. The best place to find them is Craigslist. Call them and ask if they check credit. I recommend being honest and upfront though regarding your situation. Good luck!
It will definitely take some legwork on your part to get this done. I would expect to either pay 3-4 months security deposit or find a small inexperienced property owner that won't run a credit check. Maybe a co-signer if you can find one will help as well.
Spend a couple of hours on the phone calling people and talking to them.
It's always difficult but not impossible. The big management companies will usually charge you a higher security deposit. As for the collection company you can probably negotiate a settlement; often times 50 cent per the dollar.