Questions about renting from apartment complexes?

My budget is a 800-1200 a month and the apartment complexes we're looking at average 800-1000 a month. My room mate and I got enough saved back for the first six months plus first, last, deposit, and any fees. Should we offer the six month advance or would that appear skeptical to major apartment building?

My budget is a 800-1200 a month and the apartment complexes we're looking at average 800-1000 a month. My room mate and I got enough saved back for the first six months plus first, last, deposit, and any fees. Should we offer the six month advance or would that appear skeptical to major apartment building? Should we up the rent offer 100-200 more to improve my chances since we can afford it? My dog is technically a service dog (proper documentation from the facility that helped me train him), however in years past I've just paid out the pay fee seeing as the landlords in my hometown just reject dogs period, regardless if they are for medical reasons or not (can't prove it, just a well established trend). Should we offer documentation or just offer a pet deposit? Should we bring up the documentation and still pay the fee? My room mate has a criminal record, what can we do to water that down? For references, should we use employers or previous landlords? Both? Keep in mind, we're applying for apartments owned by large companies, not individual apartments. How can we improve our odds against a corporate machine?

Best Answer:

babyboomer1001: You can improve your chances by renting by yourself or finding a new friend who will room with you. You will be denied because of your criminal friend. You don't "offer" anything. They state the rent in the ad and that is what you pay, plus first and last month's rent and a security deposit. Your best chances depend on you – 1) You have to financially qualify 2) You need to have a job and job history. Some places require 6 months. Others require that you have been working at your present job for a full year in order to qualify. Unless you have ADA documentation that requires the need of a "service animal", you won't be allowed to have a dog in a non-pet friendly apartment. Look for a pet friendly apartment. You don't "offer" to pay a pet fee or a pet deposit. You will be told to pay them. You also need to have a clean record, no criminal record, and good credit.

Other answer:

babyboomer1001:
No, offering 6 mo rent up front is a red flag. People do that to try to get around not qualifying. Contrary to popular belief you cannot just throw money at a landlord & get a rental. You still have to qualify.

It is illegal in the US to decline a proper service dog. IT is also illegal to charge a deposit. Don't let landlords take advantage of you.

Nothing can "water down" a criminal history. Landlords don't rent to criminals for very good reason & they have every right to do that.

Renting is not a personality contest. They do not want nor will take personal references or character references. References are for rental history only.

You cannot improve your nods. AGAIN this is not a personality contest. You either qualify by set standards or you don't. It really does not matter if they like you.

Robt:
Stay home simple.
U don't qualify to rent anything Legal here maybe in ur country.
Start by actually asking local educated adults for actual info locally.
Here you need both to earn Four times the rent monthly each for past two years proven income.
Service dogs are legal ANY complex.
coraann:
The policies of the complex are what is the rule. No dogs, no criminals,no
tenants without sufficient monthly income of 3 times the monthly rent. Period.

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