A family member of mine is having a hard time finding a studio with her criminal background. Not a violent offense. Please help?

Asked by Rachk.robinson, Fri Aug 9, 2013

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Manuel Brown, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Aug 9, 2013
Dear concerned family member,

This I will tell you of management companies. They set the standard of no felonies and they stick to it. I had a 45 year old woman that had an offense when she was 20. Today she earns close to six figures and has outstanding credit. They saw the felony on her record and was immediately denied. I found a private landlord and both her and the landlord are happy.

Steer away from management companies and look for a private landlord.
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great advice. Do you think she should work with an agent to find a private landlord or should she do everything on her own?
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Matt Laricy, Agent, Chicago, IL
Fri Aug 9, 2013
Have them write a letter explaining what happened. Having a sit down with them always helps as well.
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Bill J Delig…, Agent, Naperville, IL
Fri Aug 9, 2013
One way to help landlords with a questionable application is to pay more rent up front and/or provide a larger security deposit.
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