Property Managers or Landlords all make their decisions to rent to a tenant differently. Most of the time you'll find that apt. complexes which are professionally managed will go strictly by the book and because of the procedures they are required to follow by the complex's ownership will not consider you if you don't meet their guidelines. You didn't say what type of housing you are looking for but chances are you will have much better luck if you are dealing directly with Landlords or smaller Property Management Groups that have the ability to make their own decisions. One word of advice I would give you is to make sure you make a good first impression and that you can provide good references. Landlords and Property Managers are highly influenced by this; Sometimes more so than your financials.