1. Be open and honest
Trying to hide your situation probably won’t work. Landlords have many ways to verify your rental history, and chances are your broken lease will show up somewhere. Being honest about your past and your reasons for it gives you the best opportunity to find a landlord willing to take a chance on you.
2. Look for second chance apartments
There are apartments that are designed for renters who have bad credit and/or rental history issues. Many landlords will rent to anyone who doesn’t have an eviction, and breaking a lease is not necessarily the same thing as an eviction. Sometimes an advertisement for an apartment will specify that no evictions and qualifying income are all you need, but in other cases you may have to ask what the criteria are.
3. Look for privately owned apartments
In general, breaking a lease makes it harder to rent an apartment owned by a management company than to rent one owned by a private landlord. Private landlords don’t always do credit and rental history checks, but management companies almost always do.
4. Offer a large deposit
No matter who you are renting from, you might have a greater chance of success if you offer a deposit that is larger than normal to make up for your rental history. For example, you could offer a deposit equal to three months’ rent instead of just one.
5. Offer a cosigner
If you can find a family member or friend with good credit and rental history who is willing to cosign a lease for you, your chances of qualifying for an apartment might be a lot better.
Breaking a lease makes it more challenging to find an apartment. However, it’s not impossible. There are still options out there for you, and with knowing what you can do to boost your chances, it might not be long before you find a place to call home.