Asked by aprilsimnel, New York, NY • Sun Mar 24, 2013
Hi. I've been in the same BK flat since February, 2002; the owner's son wants it now. I must move by 15 May. I just got a raise to $44k a year, so my max is $1,100 until I find a better job. Ideally, I want a 1-bedroom in Inwood, but would also live in Washington Heights, the Bronx or Brooklyn (Marble Hill, Bedford Park/Norwood, Morris Park, Bronxwood, Bronxdale, Kensington, etc., you get it).
I was unemployed for nearly two years. When I was on UI, I paid the rent first and the State of New York had to wait. When I found a job, my wages were garnished for the back taxes on UI. The lien is satisfied as of last year, but it's on my credit report now and the fact that it's paid off is also indicated on the report. This is the only issue on it, and otherwise my ratings from the agencies are in the upper 600s - mid-700s.
What can I do to assure a landlord that I'll pay the rent on time, aside from a notarized letter from my current LL attesting to that?
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