3 Ways to Find a New Apartment with Bad Credit or Broken Leases

If you are thinking of breaking your apartment lease, then it can be difficult to find a new place to live. It can be even more trying if you have bad credit. Here are some pointers to keep in mind when shopping for a new apartment when you have a broken lease.

Skip the Leasing Agent
Leasing agents cannot do things without the owner’s permission, so find out who owns the apartment you want to lease and explain to them why you broke your lease. If you can prove that you broke your lease because your prior landlord failed to keep his end of the contract, then you should have no trouble renting a new place. Some apartment contracts have clauses allowing you to break them if you lose your job, get transferred or get a divorce. There may be other reasons in your state, but you need to explain them directly to the property manager or owner.

Offer a Larger Deposit
While it is not always possible because of state law, offering a larger deposit may help a landlord overlook your previous broken lease or bad credit. While it is normal to have to put up first and last month’s rent, consider putting up even more. Some landlords can be swayed by money.

Propose a Work Alternative
Getting an apartment ready to rent can be hard work. See if you can find a place that someone has just vacated and offer to do any repairs and the cleaning on that apartment for free if the landlord will let you move in immediately. Some owners will be thrilled with the plan and not even do a background check.

Think About Second Chance Apartments
Second chance apartments are special units that people can often rent with bad credit or after breaking a lease. These units are just like any others in the building, so no one needs to know that you have made special leasing arrangements.

While it is usually better to not break a lease and pay your bills in a timely manner, that is not always possible. Before you go to a homeless shelter consider alternatives like second chance apartments