How to Repair Your Bad Rental History
We were all young once, right? So maybe when you had your first apartment at nineteen with your two other roommates from college there may have been a little damage to the place and it got you evicted. Or perhaps you rented your last home from a Tucson property management company and had all sorts of disputes with your neighbor, leaving a black mark on your rental history record. Seeing how rental history is a big requirement in the tenant screening process and knowing how competitive snatching up a good rental home can be these days, you could find yourself struggling to land a lease. Here are a few tips on how to repair your bad rental history so you can rent freely again.
Pay your debts: Your rental history is the narrative of your behavior as a tenant as told by your previous landlord or Tucson property manager. So to put it bluntly, it's the dirty little paper trail that can cost you your next rental space if you don't nip any issues in the bud. If you broke your lease for any reason and have remaining rent that needs to be paid for, then start saving and get paying. Did you have some property damage that didn't get repaired? Get paying! If you don't have the cash up front, most landlords are willing to allow past renters to set up a payment plan. Showing a new landlord that you are actively paying for past debts in a timely manner will look much better than a gaping debt.
Turn over a new financial leaf: There's a saying that a leopard can't change its spots, but in the case of repairing rental history, be willing to sport zebra stripes if you have to. If you were evicted from your last place due to job loss, be sure to explain to your potential new landlord why you lost your source of income, what is different in your life now and show why paying the rent at this new place will not be a problem. You'll need to show proof of stable income, but it should help take a load off their mind if they know you'll have the ability to make rent monthly.
Show you're sorry: We're only human and mistakes happen. But you'd be surprised how far the power of sorry can go. If you've had some problems with your past landlord, it's time to fess up and apologize. Accept responsibility for issues that may have arisen from lease violations, barking dogs, unauthorized occupants, or loud keg parties that lead to butting heads. A sincere apology won't gloss everything over, but it can do wonders in repairing a past rental relationship so you don't burn your bridges. Combine that with paying for any damages or money owed and you may have helped changed the perception of someone who had you pegged all wrong.
A good tenant pays their rent on time, keeps the space well maintained, and is a good neighbor. If you've had a good rental experience in the past, see if you can get a recommendation or a positive report from the landlord to help deflect the sting of a previous mistake. If you have questions about qualifying for a rental at our Tucson property management location, please contact the Simply Property management-Paielli Realty, Inc. team today.
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