Kay made some very valid points you must consider.
In additon to those, there is the aspect of who on the other side you are chatting with.
IF the property is under a property management agreement, it is unlikely your appeal will ever be seen by the onwer.
You should be seeking a rental situation where you are able to chat directly with the owner.
As Kay stated, "own the situation."
Explain what caused the default, and what has changed in your situation that ASSURES it will not repeat.
If the landlord happens to uncover a fragment of discrediting information YOU DID NOT REVEAL, you wll be DOA.
Remember, every other renter is facing the same issue.They ALL promise it won't happen again. The landlord becomes numb, after a season, of all the songs and dances.
What willl make your story and you, BELIEVABLE?
2. Recent performance
4. Good employment.