Whether you’re new to renting or rethinking your current living situation, the process of searching for a rental home can be time-consuming. Roughly one-third of all Americans rent, and while many of them are in early adulthood, many are also families, empty nesters and seniors. Fortunately, there are rentals for all household types and budgets.
STEP 1: Determine what you can pay.
Before hunting for a rental, draw up a budget and take a hard look at where your money is going.
Generally speaking, it’s recommended that most people spend no more than 30 percent of their income on housing costs. Does that seem doable to you, factoring in debt, commuting and grocery costs, savings and other expenditures? Regardless how you feel about the 30 percent recommendation, many landlords specify income limits — like that your annual income be a specific multiple of monthly rent, or that your rent shouldn’t exceed a specific percentage of your monthly income (say, 28 percent).
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Renting with poor credit isn’t easy–but it’s totally doable. It may take you a bit longer, but there are definitely landlords willing to rent to people with very poor credit. If there weren’t, millions of people would be homeless.
Our Mission is to make it easier and more affordable for consumers whose credit has been hurt to rent an apartment at a community where they want to live.