Provide references, have money in the bank, pay a greater deposit, or work with a private landlord.
A good credit history is necessary for a variety of purposes, including obtaining credit accounts and cell phone contracts, as well as renting an apartment.
If you don’t currently have a credit history, there are various options for being accepted for your first apartment.
1. Rent from a private owner
The majority of residential complexes and management companies request a credit check. However, some private proprietors may rent to you even if you do not have proven credit.
In general, these landlords will still want proof of income stability. Even if you are authorized for a more costly apartment, just rent within your budget.
When you fill out an application for a rental at an apartment complex or through a management firm, it’s quite probable that they have a set of tenant standards in place. If your credit or rental history is insufficient, you will most likely be denied.
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You may avoid this problem by renting from individual property owners rather than apartment complexes and management corporations. Individuals may have their own standards, although they are likely to be more tolerant than big corporations. You might even persuade a landlord to rent to you based on a personal relationship (e.g., they might just “like” you).
2. Make an immediate offer to move in.
Landlords incur costs when they have one or more vacant flats. They must pay the mortgage and utilities without compensation in the form of rent. Because of this, especially if you reside in a low-demand area, you may be able to rent a property without a credit history if you can move in right away.
3. Show your income or savings amount
Provided you don’t have a long credit history, you may be approved if your income is consistent and will meet the rent. It’s typically advised that you restrict your rent payments to less than one-third of your take-home income, so if you make $3,000 per month, you should seek for apartments with monthly rents of less than $1,000.
If you don’t have a steady salary, a large savings account may suffice. The amount needed to save will vary based on the apartment complex or management organization, but it should ideally cover several months of monthly payments.
Though credit is an important factor in obtaining a rental, your income will be given at least equal weight. To convince a hesitant landlord, offer to provide recent real paystubs, a W-2 tax form, and perhaps a letter from your company.
If the monthly rent on the apartment or house is less than 25% to 30% of your monthly work income, the landlord may be willing to rent to you despite your lack of credit history. After all, you will have fulfilled the one most significant requirement: you will be able to make the monthly rent payment.
That is exactly what every landlord desires, and it may even persuade an apartment complex or management.
4. As a security deposit, pay a couple months’ rent in advance
Landlords are more inclined to rent to you if they have the rent money in their hands for a few months. By paying two to three months in advance, your landlord will avoid the danger of you not paying for a long time. Make certain that this payment is adequately documented so that you may reclaim it at the conclusion of your lease.
5. Provide letters of recommendation
To establish your character, provide professional references from prior employers, professors, or teachers. The usual notion is that individuals who are responsible at their job and school will be more responsible with their money. These character references are an excellent approach to demonstrate that you are an industrious, responsible individual who will not be late with your rent.
6. Offer to begin on a month-to-month basis
If a tenant refuses to leave, it might take a landlord months to evict them. If you sign a three-month lease or go month-to-month, the landlord has the option of not renewing you for a longer period if you don’t pay. Of course, you know you’ll always pay your rent on time, but you’ll need to demonstrate it to your landlord with a track record of on-time monthly payments.
7. If everything else fails, acquire a co-signer
If no other choices exist, contact a close friend or family member with strong credit to cosign for you. Understand that if this individual accepts, he or she will be responsible for your rent payment if you do not make it on time. To keep your personal connections intact, always pay on time and in full.
If you’ve located the ideal apartment but it’s in a complex or managed by a management firm, you may still be able to get the lease.
If you can locate a cosigner with a good salary and credit history, adding that individual to the lease should assist you overcome your credit problems. A parent, family, or friend can sign the lease with you, thereby ensuring that if you are unable to make a rent payment, they will.
The only risk is that if you miss a payment or just forget and pay late, your co-signer’s credit score may suffer (and possibly your relationship).
There are a few choices for renting without a credit history. If you have some time before renting your first flat, try these credit-building strategies. If not, try one or more of the suggestions above. Have fun with your new digs!