If your employer has asked you to relocated to a new city, then you may be concerned about your ability to rent an apartment in your new community since you recently had your debts discharged in bankruptcy. While renting an apartment post-bankruptcy can be challenging, you can use these strategies to locate a suitable apartment to rent near your new job:
Search in High Vacancy Areas
It is always better to search for an apartment in a neighborhood that has a high rate of vacant properties. When there are more properties available than there are renters wanting to rent them, then it is easier to rent one with a lower credit score. Empty apartments are not making their owners any income, so landlords will be more eager to get their property rented and will be more willing to work with you and consider your unique circumstances when they are competing for tenants.
Target Properties that are Landlord Managed
Trying to rent an apartment in a large complex is futile if you have previously filed for bankruptcy. However, renting from a small independently owned and managed complex is easier because you can speak directly with the owner about the cause of your previous financial problems and let them know what you have done to resolve them for the future.
Offer a Large Security Deposit or to Pre-Pay Rent
Since potential landlords will be concerned with your ability to pay your rent, offering a large security deposit or pre-paying a few months worth of rent will help to show that you have the cash flow available now to meet your monthly obligations. The larger amount of rent or deposit that your are willing to pay, then the more likely you are to be approved as a renter.
Use a Co-signer with Excellent Income and Credit
Finally, if looking in an area with lots of available rentals, offering a large deposit, and looking at individually owned and managed apartments still hasn't resulted in an apartment for you to rent, then you can ask someone with good credit and a high income to co-sign your rental agreement. A co-signer will agree to pay your rent in the case that you do not do so as promised. Since your co-signer is responsible for your rent if you don't pay it, you should only go this route if you are certain that this will not be necessary.
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