Can a misdemeanor prostitution charge prevent me from renting a condo/apartment? Even from a private owner?

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nieci:
The landlords are very anxious to get a tenant rather than let their unit sit empty–some landlords don't want to pay costly advertising fees, and sometimes their apartments are not desirable to most tenants–like a basement apartment, for example). So they are more likely to rent to you. But I would not rent to you. First of all, I do background checks and I want tenants that have good, steady incomes and good credit ratings. But if yo actually got charged with prostitution that means that you were probably a serious prostitute–not just a young girl who was a prostitute briefly during a desperate time.
loanmasterone:
Because a landlord does not employ the services of a property manager does not mean the landlord would mean a landlord you consider private would not have your complete a rental application and obtain a credit and background check on potential tenants.

As to what a landlord or property manager would consider in approving or denying is up to the person making the decision and the guidelines of the rental unit.

There are some rental units that would accept misdemeanors and some that would not. There might be some that would accept misdemeanors and wold decide based on the charge.

I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.

"FIGHT ON"

john:
Not all landlords do background checks. Some don't want to spend the fee for one (although it's small, and in my opinion as a landlord myself, a background check is really worth it). But sometimes landlords are very anxious to get a tenant rather than let their unit sit empty–some landlords don't want to pay costly advertising fees, and sometimes their apartments are not desirable to most tenants–like a basement apartment, for example). So they are more likely to rent to you. But I would not rent to you. First of all, I do background checks and I want tenants that have good, steady incomes and good credit ratings. But if yo actually got charged with prostitution that means that you were probably a serious prostitute–not just a young girl who was a prostitute briefly during a desperate time. I would not rent to you because I would be concerned that you might resume your prostitution activities and use my condo as your 'place of business.' Not only might you be committing a crime in my unit but if you resumed your prostitution activities in my unit it means you would constantly be bringing strangers–men–into the condo complex which would increase the risks to the neighbors. Residents, especially ones with daughters, would not like it.
Ryan M:
That is up to the individual landlord. They EVERY right to prevent people who have parking tickets from renting from them. You are NOT a member of a protected class, therefore that CAN be used as a discriminating factor against you.
mazhar:
In some cases yes, if the landlord wants professional tenants he/she will probably seek references, some cases landlords do not bother as long as they have a deposit and rent paid on time, if no unwanted activities are detected in the premises then a good reference will be on your side, if unwanted activity is carried out on the premises then the landlord may seek his/her alternatives.
acermill:
Yes, it can, if it is on the public record. Even though it is not a felony conviction, many landlords would not want to risk prostitution in THEIR properties. A landlord is allowed to refuse tenancy on any such grounds.
Rachel:
It will be up to the landlord, ask what kind of things they are looking for before they run it. Typically it's drugs and violence. Also, look into getting it exponged.
coraann:
It makes it difficult as all the info comes out in the background check. Forget the
private owner.
DEBS:
Charge? If you're not convicted then it's not on your record, right? And typically felonies are all that are asked about.
babyboomer1001:
Absolutely. If you were a landlord, would you choose to rent to a whore and risk johns coming and going at all hours?

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