Carol, we deal with many tenants/Landlords these days. And just because the initial offering says no pets, that is not always true. The landlord doesn't know you from Adam. All they care about is that you will take care of their property and pay on time. The reason for security and pet deposits is to keep the tenants honest. EG. If you put up lets say $3500-$4000, you want to get all the money returned to you correct? So if I am representing a landlord and we have a written statement from the tenant that they agree to be financially responsible for anything that happens to that property and return it to the landlord in same or better condition when tenant vacates; It is easier to convince the landlord to accept this type of tenant. Whether they have pets or less than perfect credit.
If credit is less than good then the tenant needs to offer a valid explanation on why it isn't. I have rented to quite a few foreclosed, short-sale, and people with less than 550 credit score within the last 2 years. If one has a 700+ credit score they most likely would buy unless some other circumstance exists.
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