Owners of private rentals and apartments, in most cases will do both, check your credit, employment and rental history. If you have a broken lease on your record, it could cause you to get declined from getting a rental and/or also pay higher deposits when looking to lease again. Just wondering, were you represented by an agent via a buyer/tenant representation agreement, to help you obtain your lease? And if so, were you provided with a comparative market analysis to show you the going rents in that particular area? There are some apartments out there that will work with a broken lease, but it must meet their critieria. When looking to rent again, it is important to be honest about your situation and it would help if you write an explaination letter. If you would like help looking for an apartment or another rental, please feel free to contact me.