As the real estate market is cyclical, our market is ever changing. Today, more than ever there are many potential tenants with credit issues, looking at renting properties People have foreclosures, bankruptcies and the like on their credit reports.
Every owner and apartment complex is a bit different on their policy on what they are looking for in an ideal tenant. However, in some areas of the country there are a surplus of properties and apartments available for rent. So, many are offering free rent for a month, low or no security deposits and similar enticements. And, some have eased up considerably on their credit scoring criteria. Each tenant should be considered on an individual basis.
You may want to check with the apartment complexes you have an interest in, tell them your situation and have them let you know if they can work with you.
Best of luck to you!