The only way around the credit check that I know of is lots of cash. Most landlords do not want people with poor credit in their homes because of the risk that they will have to do an eviction. If you have good reasons for poor credit (health issues, bankruptcy depending on the reason, foreclosure, short sale, etc) then you may be able to explain it to a landlord's satisfaction. Otherwise, most landlords want some idea of the payment history of their tenants. Have you thought of speaking with a credit repair company or a credit counseling service? They might be able to help.