Renting an Apartment with an Eviction Record

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An eviction record can be damaging to your chances of renting an apartment. Landlords are leery of tenants who have been evicted, because the assumption is that you won’t pay rent or you’ll damage the apartment. With that said, it’s not impossible to rent with an eviction record. It just takes some creativity, negotiations and often more money than what another tenant might pay.

Second Chance Lease Apartments

One route some landlords choose is to offer second chance lease apartments. This solution is offered to tenants who are considered “high risk.” The landlord will give you a “second chance” as long as you can prove that you’re working things out with your previous landlord, or resolving the underlying disputes of the eviction.

For example, if you were evicted due to rent, a second chance landlord will want you to demonstrate that you’ve worked out a payment arrangement and are making payments to pay what you owe. In exchange, the current landlord will offer you an apartment to rent. However, many of these charge much more than what other tenants have to pay. It’s the price you have to pay sometimes when you have an eviction record.

Prepay Rent

If you don’t like the idea of paying more for a second chance lease apartment, or are having trouble showing that you’re working with a past landlord, then a regular landlord may let you rent if you’re willing to prepay. You’ll have to pay at least three months to make the deal appealing to a landlord, and six months is even better. Most landlords will draft a lease to last as long as the amount of rent you’re able to pay, and will only extend the lease if you prepay the same amount or more again.

Renting after an Eviction Is Possible

Renting after an Eviction Is Possible

You’ll have to be extra savvy about saving up the money you need for the first prepay amount, and the subsequent ones if you don’t want the hassle of moving often or making deals with new landlords. Try to negotiate the lowest amount of months you have to prepay, but be ready and willing to pay more if you have to. It’s worth your while if you can afford it, because an eviction record does make it difficult to rent apartments otherwise.

Rent as a Roommate

Some landlords will allow you to rent with someone else, and not check your rental history. Those landlords will hold your roommate responsible if you don’t pay rent or damage the apartment. It’s easier to convince a co-worker or friend to let you become their roommate when you have an eviction record than it is to lease from the landlord. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t be as responsible while renting with your roommate as if you had signed the lease yourself. Your roommate can also sue you in court and evict you if you don’t uphold your obligations.

In addition to worrying about renting an apartment with an eviction record, take the steps necessary to clean up your record. Try to make it good with past landlords to show future landlords your efforts to make things right.

6 Responses to “Renting an Apartment with an Eviction Record”

  1. September 02, 2010 at 2:16 pm, Jesse McArthur said:

    It is my understanding that there are statutory limits on how much of a deposit can be requested, which is 3 1/2 months in I think 27 states, and less in the rest, if I have it right. Is that not correct? Does that somehow not apply to those who had an eviction and obviously need even more than others to be able to move into a place for a price they can afford? Six months of rent where I live is $12,000+.

    Also, would you happen to know if any states place limits on how many years after an eviction a landlord is allowed to consider a past eviction?

    Thank you.

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  2. October 03, 2011 at 8:43 pm, Sam said:

    Currently homeless due to eviction, pay problem. In California you can’t pay ahead, and know one will rent even though we can prove that we have the money and are willing to pay ahead.

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  3. October 03, 2011 at 8:45 pm, Sam said:

    We also have a satisfaction of judgment. Landlords though love to take applications.

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  4. March 03, 2014 at 8:43 pm, serena thomason said:

    sad been trying to rent everywhere and anywhere and cant because of husband past eviction we are on the edge of being homeless no family members can co sign all drug addicts we make a income of 1500 monthly but no one will take a chance on us.

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  5. March 03, 2014 at 8:45 pm, serena thomason said:

    and did i mention we payed for every application and it cost up to 40 just to fill out the application frustrated

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  6. March 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm, kevin blanton said:

    I reported 5 times being chased by a woman’s dog . I reported verbally and email while the dogs where eatting a cat in a pic . I couldn’t leave my apt to walk my animals , there they where ! This went on for more than 3 months . I went to see my psychiatrist he said I had to make an immediate change . In a full blown panic attack I walk into the office told the manager, assistant manger , office manager and the lease agent that handled my lease at Brandywine apts . This was voice recorded ! No help offered only excuse , in lawyer’s hands . So I packed and moved . The manager her self stated there where 7 ,10 , and 30 day notice . It took them over 60 days for the notice . And now I owe for breaking a least where I was in danger !

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