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  • 3 R's of DIY: Renovate, Refurbish & Revitalize

    Decorate your apartment using everyday items and some creativity. Heard of decorating for less than $10? DIY decorating is a great way to spruce up your home and add some personalization but when you really want something out of this world, even the Do It Yourself projects can end up costing a few hundred dollars. But, there is a way you can decorate and improve your space while sticking to a budget. If you’re interested in making your place look good but without spending too much, we look at DIY decorating from $10 to $100. Why You Should DIY Decorate? Who shouldn’t DIY decorate! DIY decorating is for everyone who wants to create a unique craft for their home. Whether an apartment or a house, adding personal touches, simply make you feel like ‘You’re At Home’ when you walk through the door, especially when you’re having a bad day! You can also use DIY ideas to recreate some contemporary designs that you’ve seen online or in a magazine. It is all up to your budget and your imagination! Decorating Tips and Design Ideas A Bedazzled Placement Whether you have a small round table or a dining table and chairs, adding placements simply finishes the look and feel of the dining space. It is quite easy to create a placement and will probably cost $10 to $20 in fabric or nothing at all if you have extra material lying around at home. Take 2 pieces of fabric cut in a 20” x 15” rectangle (you can also make the placemat as large or as small as you like). Remember, you will need to make at least 4 rectangles so have enough fabric for all the placemats. You can also use different color or patterned placemats and stitch it together to make a reversible design. Now stitch the two pieces together. Once you have completed all the sides, you can add sequins, tassles, or beading and stitch it into the fabric as a border or in the center of the placement. Beads, sequins, and tassles can be bought online or a local store for a few dollars. And Voila your placement is done! Lettered Sign There’s nothing like looking at a few motivational phrases to brighten your day. Rather than spend over $50 on a framed sign, why not make your own? This DIY lettering sign will be no more than $30 to make. You’ll need: 1 x canvas (you can find a pack of 10 x 10-inch canvas for $18 online) Paint (optional) Stick on letters (depending on your phrase. We’ll use Sunshine for this DIY tutorial, so that’s 8 stick-on letters). You buy stick-on letters on Amazon for around $10 a pack. If you want to change the color of your canvas you can paint it black with white letters or you can leave it white and use black letters. There’s also the option to use a stencil to apply your wording but stencils can cause the paint to bleed. Lettering gives you precision. The alternative to phrases such as Reach for Your Dreams, Good Morning Sunshine, or Love Conquers All, is to purchase a stick-on image (as shown in the picture above). Whether a flower, leaf, or feather is to decorate your home, you can purchase these stickers, place them on your canvas, and stand them on a shelf or hang it on the wall. Pegboard Storage Wall Pegboard is a versatile and fun way to add décor and create a little bit of storage. You can place it in the office, bedroom, or bathroom. Depending on the size of the board, you could pay $40 for a 48” board and $17 for a pack of hooks and pegboard accessories for hanging and storing small items. Once you have your pegboard, you can secure it to the wall and start attaching your goodies! It’s that easy! You can also paint the pegboard but if you purchase plastic boards, it is best to use spray paint or chalk paint for an even finish. Paint meant for plastic should be used or the slightest knock or scratch will remove the paint. Terracotta DIY If you have a few terracotta pots at home (you can buy a 4 pack for around $30), you can use these for some modern interior decorating. Get some chalk paint in 2 complementary colors. Use some masking tape and create a pattern around the pot. The tape can include rings or stripes and wherever the orange terracotta is exposed, you can paint with chalk paint. So rather than a plain and boring terracotta pot, we use tape and paint to create patterns that draw our eye to the uniquely designed pots on the shelf, table, or outside on the balcony. Revived Chairs Ever looked at your old chairs and wanted to toss them out? There are many reasons to keep those vintage chairs from the outstanding quality of the wood, and the distinct design to the uniqueness it can add to your interior or exterior. Rather than paint the whole chair, the new approach is to give it a “dipped” look. Once you’ve sanded the chair and removed the old paint or sealer, you can paint. Prepare the dipped look by using masking tape around the legs. Paint the area below the masking tape including the top backrest. Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape for a clean and neat paint-dipped look from the legs to the top of the chair. Alternatively, you can create a refreshed and vintage appearance for old chairs… Use chalk paint and lightly cover the chair (once sanded) in a single coat of paint. Once dry, use a sheet of fine-textured sandpaper and use light sweeping motions on different parts of the chair. This creates a “distressed” look adding to the vintage feel of the chair and the interior. In the picture above, you can see the result of using the distressing technique. Revamp Your Gift Boxes Are you tired of looking for your small items or having to sort through multiple bottles and containers just to find what you need? Having your earbuds, creams, and accessories can also make counters look cluttered. To organize the space, you can use gift boxes. These can be stacked on shelves or counters. You can also paint or spray paint gift boxes in a preferred color. Choose Your DIY Project You can do DIY on your own or you can get the family involved in a fun craft. DIY is fun, affordable, and a fantastic way to decorate your home. Have Fun!

  • Home Budgeting 101

    Are you able to rent a standard apartment asking $1200 rent a month or would you prefer to pay for an affordable apartment with a $700 monthly rent? Taking on an apartment lease is a financial responsibility but when you know just how much you can afford each month, it’s easier to avoid the challenges that come with financial planning. Understanding your affordability also goes a long way to helping you choose the right rental for your lifestyle and your pocket. If you’re looking for a new place to rent, whether you are a current tenant or a first-time renter, in this guide we can help you determine the monthly rent that is most suited to your income. How Do I Know If I’m Paying Too Much Rent? Is Your Rent too High? As a rule of thumb, you shouldn’t spend more than 30% of your income on your monthly rent. The government has released this requirement in a bid to assist low-income earners with affordable rental solutions. How Much Should You be Spending on Rent & When Are You Paying too Much? The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University stated that over 10 million people are paying more than half of their salary on rent. While there are many reasons as to why 50% of your income could be going towards your rent, it is important to find ways to balance your income and expenses or you could find yourself in a difficult financial position. When you can save on the rent, it means more money towards your goals and more money in your pocket. Let’s look at how to budget according to the 30% rent payment rule. How Can I Manage 30% of My Income on Rent? Whether you rent a house or an apartment, there is no denying the rising costs of property and the financial constraints that come with it. So should you find yourself in a bit of a rental predicament, the 30% rule can help you better budget, so you don’t overspend. Financial experts recommend spending no more than 25% to 30% on rent. This drastically reduces the possibility of finding yourself struggling money-wise and unable to cover essential expenses. Let’s look at the following examples: When you earn around $3500 per month, at 30% you can afford a rent of $1000. If you manage to remain within the $1000 to the $1100 bracket, you’ll find yourself with $2400 -$2500 to dedicate to expenses such as groceries, medical, and other costs. Is the 30% Rent Rule Realistic? If you can stick to a very strict budget, the 30% rule could work but factors such as inflation and changes in the monthly rent could make it difficult to remain within this range. For those of us with debt whether a loan or a credit card, it becomes even harder to remain within the 30% rule. What is better, is to create your own budget to determine just how much rent you can really afford. Remember, it is not just about affording your rent, it is also about covering your expenses and putting some cash away for saving. To determine how much rent you can afford, you should dedicate at least 20% of your income to saving and debt repayment. Here’s 5 Steps You Can Take to Save for and Afford Rent The following 5 steps are intended for those who may be renting but want to be able to afford a larger apartment without sacrificing savings or first-time renters who wish to save enough to move into an independent rental home or apartment. I. Create a Detailed Budget Before you look at rentals, calculate what your income is after-tax. Once you have your post-tax income, write down your expenses. From your debts to your daily needs, record every cost and deduct this from your income. Of the balance, you should dedicate a percentage of your money to saving, and to plan for an emergency. The money that is remaining will be available for rent. How to Manage Your Debt If you feel that you are paying too much towards debts and have too small a balance for rent, you can speak to your creditors and institutions and negotiate a more affordable repayment plan. This includes extending the terms of the repayment but settling a smaller amount every month, so you have a little bit extra to dedicate to rent. II. Find Affordable Rentals For those of us who need to make our income stretch a little bit further, look for affordable rental companies and communities to help you save on the monthly expenditure. When you choose an apartment with an average or lower than average rent, you may also pay a lower security deposit, that is if your credit and eviction history are in good standing. Examples of affordable rentals include affordable housing projects, second chance properties, and many communities where landlords set a fixed rental rate for a 6 month or year-long lease. If you know that what you pay every month won’t fluctuate, you can better plan ahead and budget. For those who are current tenants, read your lease agreement to learn more about your rent. Some landlords include terms that allow them to increase rent depending on the market and economic fluctuations and interest rates. The only way to save on your rent is to research and compare. Remember, just because you can afford more on your monthly rent doesn’t mean that you must spend it. Where you find a place that is secure, meets your needs, and you can comfortably afford it, it is not always necessary to follow a trend and to put yourself in debt. III. Save on Your Renters’ Insurance Renters’ insurance is an important part of maintaining a safe residence. Should anything go wrong, it will provide compensation to replace and restore much of what is lost during floods, fires, and other types of unforeseen damages. If you need to budget and save, look for renter insurance bundles or packages that you can purchase to protect your belongings while saving on the overall cost. IV. Compare the Costs of Apartments to Rent Before you decide on a single apartment take the time to compare the monthly rental costs. Set alerts online concerning your preferences so you’re alerted as soon as a property becomes available. Depending on your mode of transport and where you work, you may want to consider apartments that are slightly out of town or the main city because prices are generally cheaper. While you should never sacrifice your safety for savings, don’t give up on smaller complexes with an average rental price. Many of these rentals are maintained by private landlords or property managers who take great care to keep the property and its tenants satisfied. Only with the appropriate research and rent comparisons can you see what it out there for what you can afford. V. Build Equity After some time of saving or investing and having built a fair amount of equity, you can use this money to satisfy outstanding debts. To help you with your savings plan, again, look at your income and expenses. Determine how much you can save every month and remain disciplined to ensure you build your finances to reach your goals. If you are going to save your money at a bank, learn about accounts that accrue interest and will only allow you to withdraw a portion of the saving in case of emergencies. This is a great way to prevent dipping into your account and using the cash you’ve put away. Even if you start small, you can have more than enough money for rent and perhaps enough or a deposit on a house in the future. So, What Can I Really Afford? Think about the 50, 30, 20 rule. You take your salary/income after-tax where 50% goes towards your necessary expenses such as your rent, your water bill, your medical and gas or transport. 30% will be used for your general or daily costs from food to clothing and entertainment. The remaining 20% you can dedicate towards settling debts and building savings. Every plan will need to be adjusted to meet your unique needs. Look at unnecessary costs and how you can manage these to have more money left over at the end of the month. Apartments range in monthly rent and the cost you can afford will depend on your income and expenses. Whatever you do, don’t put yourself in a very challenging financial position because of rent. Instead, you can look at alternatives such as second chance or affordable housing where you can save on rent and you have the opportunity to work towards your dreams and goals.

  • Apartment Safety Tips for Renters

    Moving into an apartment might seem like a new start for people as they kind of have the “refresh” that they might be needing to lead the life they want. However, like any new beginning, renting an apartment does require some adequate thinking when it comes to safety. Renters should be wise enough to look beyond what’s indicated in ads and examine the place themselves. The best first step is to take the time to be equipped with your tenant's rights to understand what you should be having before moving in. Regardless of the neighborhood, crimes can still happen and there are a ton of security tactics that could be applied while renting to protect yourself and your loved ones. Here are six apartment safety tips you should look into before signing a lease to enjoy the secured life everybody deserves. Inspect General Upkeep. Never engage in anything without proper research. Upon your visit to the property, you should be keen enough to observe the surroundings as well as the little things such as leaky faucets and easy access points. These all point to an inattentive landlord who should be ensuring the safety of the property for it to be sellable or rentable in the first place. It will take time to secure all windows and doors but these are necessary since they are the first line of defense in apartment security for renters. Take note of the overall maintenance of the place which includes the paint, fences, landscaping, and the like. Don’t hesitate to have a conversation with the landlord regarding their plans on fixing present conditions in case you decide to move in without accepting vague answers since it’s your possible future shelter that you’ll be talking about. Install Security Cameras. No one will know what could happen despite the best efforts to keep a unit secure. In case an unfortunate event happens like trespassing, having a security camera in place could help identify the suspect easier. Talk to your landlord about installing security cameras if there are still none to ensure everyone’s safety in the whole complex. If this is out of the question, you can go for a standalone camera that can directly send a feed to your smartphone. Remember to Lock. There’s a need to reiterate this reminder because no matter how simple it is, many people still forget: lock all doors and windows even when you’re at home. It would be best to have deadbolts as they can help prevent break-ins. Discuss with your landlord if they aren’t installed yet. They should also have the initiative to replace or re-key the locks before renting the place to a new tenant. Otherwise, you’ll have to do it yourself by checking with the property management company first if you can make the said add-ons and then visit the nearest locksmith for the new keys if necessary. Project that You’re Always Home. Who would want the hassle of breaking into someone’s home when the tenant is there? It is no surprise that the majority of home break-ins happen when the sun is out since people are away. Those who are prospective home intruders would be deterred if renters make it look as if someone is home. Just close the blinds before leaving and install preset timers on indoor lights to create a simple illusion. If your place has a porch light, make sure it’s lit as well as other areas like the garage as this tactic would be a great deterrent against possible criminal activity. Befriend Your Neighbors. Having good relationships with your neighbors will not only make you feel you belong but also feel secure as they will be looking out for you. When you need to be away, especially for quite some time, they can keep an eye on things and even bring in any packages or letters that you receive since piled-up mail can hint intruders that it’s clear for them to enter. Your neighbors can also report suspicious activities that you should be wary of or directly call out. Safety, therefore, becomes everyone’s responsibility when people live in harmony. Get Renter’s Insurance. This insurance that could cost around $20 a month will provide you the necessary protection of your belongings that immensely outweighs the cost. It covers a wide range of your property such as electronics, furniture, and many more that could go missing in the event of a disaster. Further, it helps cover liabilities and medical costs if a visitor injures themselves while visiting your place. This insurance is a deal that every renter should really subscribe to. To achieve real apartment security, renters must go out of their way to do the small things that make a big difference. There is a lot to cover but everything can be managed with adequate preparation and cooperation with your landlord. Make a schedule and a to-check list before moving in. Safety first. About The Author: Katreena is a scientist and a life hack specialist. She's authored scientific journals on biotechnology and molecular biology. To take a break from scientific journals, she puts her mind into writing about lifestyle, health, and sustainability. She strongly believes that kindness makes the world go round.

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  • Apartments Near Me

    There is a Better Way to Rent a Home. Rent from our affiliate communities or learn how to get the most out of your apartment. Apartments Blog Residents Our Affiliate Communities Hold High Management Standards. Learn more link to available apartments Be a Smart Renter. From DIY to what is an apartment lease, we want to maximize your apartment home experience. Learn more link to blog Second Chance Renting. Build your rental history the right way. Learn more link to post srcond chance renting Be independent for Your First Time. First time renting is easier than you think. Learn more link to how to rent for the first time Make Your Home Home From leasing advises to designing your kitchen on a budget - we got you covered Learn more link to post srcond chance renting Apartments blog Learn More Apartments blog Learn More Apartments blog Learn More Learn More About Apartments Near Me: Rental Application Process Job Opportunities The Property Management Frequently asked questions What's the cheapest place to rent? Well, look no further. We offer affordable apartments for rent starting at $505. Check out our newly renovated apartments. How Many Bedrooms Do You Need? We offer spacious one and two bedroom apartments for rent. How quickly can I rent an apartment? Our turnaround time for processing applications is fairly quick, but please remember everything is a process. If you come to your appointment with all the information requested, it will ensure a faster application process. In some cases, for well qualified applicants we do offer same day move-in. How do I apply for an apartment? Please select the property you are interested in and complete the designated form for that property with your information. Upon completion of the form, an email will be sent to you with information on how to apply and the necessary steps to move forward. What is the average starting rent cost in Memphis, TN? Pricing for one bedroom apartments in Memphis usually start at about $505 and two bedroom apartments start at about $595. What is the average cost of rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Memphis, TN? The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Memphis, TN is $780. What is the average cost of rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Memphis, TN? The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Memphis, TN is $775.

  • First Time Renter | Apartments Near Me

    First Time Renter No rental history and no credit history Are you a First Time Renter? Renting for the first time can seem like a long and grueling process, but it does not have to be. Educating yourself as a first-time apartment renter can be the key to ensuring that your rental application process goes through smoothly. If you are questioning whether you should rent an apartment or home, check out our blog section, under “Why Live in an Apartment Complex?”. Positive & Negatives of Being a First Time Renter Did you know that more often than not first-time renters have little to no credit or rental history which can affect the approval or denial of the application. Of course, it is often assumed that if you do not have rental history and negative credit you would be automatically approved, but in all actuality, this is a plus and a minus. The plus is that there is no negative credit history and the minus is the fact that you have no credit history. A landlord or management company needs a basis upon which to evaluate your application. If they are unable to process your application based on the necessary information it is probable that it could be denied. When you have little to no credit it does not give the landlord the ability to see if you do or do not pay your bills. Unfortunately, this makes it difficult for the landlord to be able to assess the risk of you as an applicant. This is why educating yourself on how to rent an apartment or even a house for that matter is important and will help you to find apartments for first time renters like yourself . The Do’s of First Time Renting A good rule of thumb for first time renters is to make sure you have a longevity of employment history which will show stability. If you hop from job to job, or have a lack of employment history that will also negatively affect your application. It is also good to start building your credit at least six months prior to the anticipated move. However, with that you want to make sure that if it is a credit card, you make on time payments and that whatever line of credit you do accept, that you are able to maintain that account and remain in good standing. Ultimately, when doing any application the applicant needs to be able to provide documentation that proves he or she will be able to follow through with the terms of the agreement. As a renter you have to be able to follow the terms of the lease agreement which is more or less the terms and conditions that are required to be met to live at a specific location. First Time Renter Preparedness Do you know your anticipated move-in date? Have you researched the area? Is your anticipated apartment in a new city or state? Have you called and asked about availability and requirements? Does the apartments that accept first time renters? These are all questions you should have answers to that will increase and affect the efficiency of your application process. The application process requires participation from the landlord and the applicant; ensuring that all your ducks are in a row will make not only the process smoother, but will help you start to develop a good working relationship with your future potential landlord. Imagine if you are interviewing for a job: would you be late to your appointment; would you not bring your resume; would you come improperly dressed? The answer to all those questions was no. As always and with anything the first key to success is preparation. Always be prepared so when the time comes you do not have to get prepared. Not being prepared vs. being prepared in any situation could make all the difference. The First Time Renter & The Security Deposit Did you know that even if you do not have credit history or rental history that the application could be approved, but potentially with a higher security deposit ? “A deposit for a rental property is requested with every lease agreement. The purpose is to protect both tenant and landlord for the duration of the lease while securing the property you are interested in. There are many factors and conditions surrounding deposits and rentals.” When you call to inquire about availability and requirements you should ask whomever you speak with about the deposit process and if they are first time renter friendly apartments. Some places may not be able to give you a definite amount, because some deposits are based on your individual information, but if you can get a ballpark figure it will definitely help when mapping out your moving expenses. Some deposits are due before you are allowed to sign the lease and finish the process and in other cases deposits are due at the time of the lease signing. This information is going to be relative to your specific rental company. Remember, what one company does or allows, another company or landlord may not. Up or Down? This is the Question With all that being said, there is more than just paperwork when it comes to renting your first apartment. Now that we discussed the not so great part of the rental process, let’s discuss the fun aspect. The first great option about moving is that if you have never lived alone, you now have that option (if all application requirements are met). Another great option is choosing if you want an upstairs or downstairs apartment . From speaking with a lot of people, this is something that about half of renters consider, the other half is usually just ready to move. There are many reasons that you may want an upstairs or downstairs unit. It could be because you like loud music, maybe you have children, tend to be a heavy walker or maybe you are a night owl - these are things you should consider also when moving to your first apartment. Some companies may allow you to decide upstairs or downstairs and some may not - this is something you ask in the beginning when you initially start your apartment hunt. Create, Discover & Imagine as a First Time Renter Last, but certainly not least have you considered how you’re going to decorate? Do you have a theme or idea that you want displayed across your home? Well, once you move you can start the process of making your apartment feel like home. Of course you can buy items and furniture to furnish your apartment, but did you know you can also make original works of art for your home too. When thinking about furniture and decorations for your first apartment consider some DIY options . DIY options may take more of your time, but they often tend to be cheaper. DIY options also allow you to have one-of-a-kind pieces throughout your home. Not only is this a way of displaying your creative talents, but your work can also act as conversation starters for when you have company and don’t forget your housewarming party! Preparation + Education = Success as a First Time Renter Just remember everything is a process. The only way processes become easier if by educating yourself on the necessary information ahead of time. Being a first-time renter should be exciting and not stressful, but a lot that depends on you as the applicant. Always remember “ by failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”. For more information on First-Time Renting, check out our blog The A-B-C Guide to First Time Renting . Learn more about: How to be approved for and apartment How to pass a background check How to find the right apartment Application Evaluation Poor credit and application approval ​ Have questions? just check out our Housing application FAQ page ​ ​ Disclaimer: This is being provided as a general service for the public and not specifically relevant to the properties associated with this website. This is only for common knowledge and does not assume any responsibility. Affordable Apartment Guide for First-Time Renters 309 Write a comment 4 Affordable Apartments For Rent Near Me 2,893 Write a comment 2 Apartment Deposit FAQ - For Tenants 3,328 1 6

  • How to pass a background check | Apartments Near Me

    How To Pass A Background Check Like A Pro Are you looking to rent an apartment or renew your lease but fear what might appear on your rental background check? At Apartments Near Me we always encourage our tenants to put their best foot forward! This means exercising complete transparency when it comes to your credit, rental, or criminal history. With our simple tips we can help you pass your background check and create a successful landlord and tenant relationship , from the get-go! Why Do Landlords Perform a Background Check? The reason for running a background check or tenant screening, is to ensure the landlord’s business and property are protected against damage, losses, and legal pursuits owing to tenant activity. It also serves the purpose of ensuring that the information presented in your application is an accurate reflection of your financial and personal history. This helps the landlord choose the best possible tenants with confidence. Typical apartment or rental background and credit check can take few days to a week depends if there is also a job verification process and other manual work while the regular report can be downloaded from dedicated service providers. Each landlord and real estate manager have different ways of verifying information and conduct background check so take into account that it will probably will not take a day. If you do have something questionable on your report, it could compromise your chances of receiving approval for an apartment. Fortunately, past financial or rental issues do not mean the end of the road! We take a closer look at the steps you can take to pass your background check when applying for an apartment to rent. What is an Apartments Background Check? A rental background check for an apartment or a house is performed by a landlord as part of screening and selecting potential tenants. A background check can include: National criminal record Credit report History of eviction Employment history Government related incidents Your landlord can opt to investigate all or one of these checks prior to issuing approval for a lease. Along with providing your consent to the check, future tenants are required to cover the cost of the screening. What Shows on a Background Check? If you have been evicted, dealt with a criminal charge, faced a government related incident, or have bad credit, these could show up on your report. Landlords are permitted to look into any aspect of your background. While they can ask for your consent to do so, they are not legally obligated to. So, with or without your permission, your future landlord or property manager can run a full background check. Understanding how to manage the incidents on your reports can go a long way to receiving approval for an apartment lease ! First Step, Perform Your Own Background Check It is a good idea to perform your own background check. You can identify exactly what is in your report and create a plan of action based on your findings. You can have a full credit report for free and your police records as well. By checking what others can check on you it will help you to with rental credit checks. How to Manage the Following Incidents on Your Reports Bad Credit You’ve just performed a credit check and discovered a subprime credit rating (a subprime credit rating consists of a score between 580 and 669). While a credit check is the most performed assessment when applying for an apartment, there are things you can do to improve your application. If you are currently working on settling your outstanding bills, provide the landlord with proof of your efforts. Whether settling a credit card or a bill with a previous landlord, bank statements reflecting installments to reduce debt assures the landlord you are taking steps to improving your financial stability. Evictions Perhaps you have been evicted from a previous apartment. An eviction will remain on your rental history report for 7 years from the date of the eviction. If 7 years has passed, you’re in the clear, if not, consider adding an explanation as to why you were evicted. You can add character testimonials from an employer and friends or colleagues to reassure the landlord of your reliability and trustworthiness. Criminal Record If you have a criminal or felony record, there are still ways you can successfully apply to rent an apartment. Second Chance Apartments are the Way to Go! It is always a good idea to apply to properties with landlords and not property managers. Better yet, a second chance apartment is a great way to start and to establish sound rental habits, reliable rental payments, and overall positive tenancy. Check Your State Law Concerning Criminal Background Checks Be sure to learn more about state laws concerning background checks. There are certain states that will not reveal a conviction or record that is older than 7 years. This means that you do not have to disclose your criminal history. Show Positive Character Your landlord wants to know that they can depend on you to successfully run their business. This means paying rent on time, avoiding tenancy issues, and potential evictions. Provide documents to show you have built a new life. This can include character testimonials, educational pursuits, motivational support for youth, and activities you believe will place your circumstances in a positive light. We all deserve second chances and with. What to Do if You are Not Approved for an Apartment? If you are not approved, it is not the end! Simply try again and remember to remain transparent. You can also check our tips on how to get approved for an apartment to help you in your next apartment application. You can also check out our article: why my rental application was denied . What if I Feel the Background Check was Unfair? If you feel you have been discriminated against based on your background check, speak to the landlord to determine why your application was denied. What to Do with the Things On My Background? The best chance of increasing your approval for an apartment is to bring in any paperwork that supports your current status. Remember landlords evaluate risks. They want to make sure tenants will take care of the property and will honor the lease agreement. So, any document that shows positive business behavior and practices can help to lower your risk and ultimately improve your application approval. A great way to work on improving your rental, credit or personal history is to first to apply for second-chance properties, build a positive impression and show a reliable source of income. You can learn how apply the right way here. The most important thing to consider is that even if you have a criminal past, be honest about it. If you try to hide information there is a higher likelihood of denial. You can also improve your credit , by start paying off open accounts and close old ones, in addition try to avoid any new negative points. This way your credit report will be better over time. ​ Learn more about: How to be approved for and apartment How to find the right apartment Application Evaluation Poor credit and application approval First time renter ​ Have questions? just check out our Housing application FAQ page ​ ​ ​ Disclaimer: This is being provided as a general service for the public and not specifically relevant to the properties associated with this website. This is only for common knowledge and does not assume any responsibility. Affordable Apartment Guide for First-Time Renters 305 Write a comment 4 Affordable Apartments For Rent Near Me 2,878 Write a comment 2 Apartment Deposit FAQ - For Tenants 3,327 1 6

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