An eviction is a serious mark on a credit report that makes it difficult to find housing. With some careful planning and discipline, however, people can find rental housing after being evicted.
Pull your credit report. Make note of any old debts that have not yet rolled off, and make arrangements to cover those debts.
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Start saving. Having a sufficient amount of savings will add leverage when you speak to future landlords.
Pay off any revolving debt in your name. Having an otherwise clean record will aid your chances of being able to sign a leasing agreement with another landlord.
Picking a New Place
When looking for a new house or apartment, try to rent with smaller companies. Some of these companies will do an employment verification but will not do a credit background check.
Be honest when dealing with landlords. Let them know you've had trouble in the past, but don't get specific about the nature of the eviction unless they ask.
Let them know that you have since cleaned up your finances, and be prepared to provide recommendations from employers and show them balances on current accounts.
If a landlord will not make an exception, be prepared to put down a sizable deposit. Having two to three months of rent paid in advance would be a great way to entice the landlord to give you a chance.
Seek the advice of a lawyer in having the eviction removed from your record if all damages have been paid.
Obtain copies of your credit report once a year to maintain balances.
Co-signers added to your apartment lease may improve your ability to rent.