Houston TX no-credit-check apartments. Bad credit can happen to anybody. So can a broken lease or a criminal record. People do stupid things from time to time especially when they’re young. Unfortunately, that stuff can catch with them and cause them significant pain especially if they are attempting to find housing. In Houston TX, many apartments, condos, rental homes, and town homes conduct credit checks on most applicants. If you have a felony, or terrible credit or tarnished rental history such as a broken lease, you can easily find yourself driving from one apartment to another getting denied.
Some people have the notion that Houston area apartments only check rental records. That they are only interested in broken leases and any judgments enters against the applicant by former apartments. While most still do peruse rental history databases, many apartments have also resorted to accessing your full-fledged credit report from the major credit bureaus. You can imagine that this will cause some discomfort and even denial of approval.
For many Houstonians seeking an apartment with bad credit, there are few options. One is to simply brave the application process hoping the apartment manager will be lenient and understand their ordeal. Another is to look for apartments that do not conduct credit checks. These are few and a recent program to expand low income housing geared towards the disenfranchised suffered a minor setback.
The future remains unclear for two proposed apartment developments for low-income residents in Fort Bend County after the projects were denied federal tax credits.
Carmel, Ind.-based Pedcor Investments had sought a $1.27 million housing tax credit for The Landings at Westheimer Lakes, a 96-unit project proposed on 6.7 acres north of Canyon Fields Drive.
Developing Hope, also known as the Integrated Real Estate Group out of Southlake, had eyed a $1.69 million tax credit for HomeTowne at Westheimer Lakes, a 126-unit apartment project for low-income elderly tenants on 5.4 acres on the south side of FM 1093.
Both locations are near the Cinco Ranch community in the north side of the county.
“I’m thankful that we have people who were very actively involved to fight this one off,” said Cheryl Merchant, who lives in the Westheimer Lakes subdivision adjacent to the proposed The Landings. Read more…>>>
Houston TX no-credit-check apartments do not conduct credit checks or background checks do exist in Houston although they are fewer than traditional apartments. In many cases these are apartments for lease by owner in the Houston area. Sometimes one can avoid the hassle of a credit and a background check by renting from an individual rather than a corporation.
There are also some organizations that help with bad credit rentals and can help look for apartments that do not conduct credit checks.
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It is now common knowledge that in addition to credit checks, most apartments will conduct routine background checks on prospective tenants before determining whether to issue approval. This is done regardless of income or job history and can be quite frustrating for applicants with minor criminal convictions. Here are few frequently asked questions when regarding renting or being approved for an apartment, rental home, town home or condo in Baton Rouge if you have a criminal record.
What do apartments look for when they conduct background checks?
There is no way of providing a concise answer that fits all scenarios but in most cases, apartments are looking for felony convictions involving sex, drugs and domestic violence. Some apartments will also pull up misdemeanors.
Can a felony mean an automat denial?
Not necessarily. Some apartments will review felonies on a case by case basis. Not all apartments are the same and different communities have different approval requirements. When it comes to a felony, some apartments will also want to know what the conviction was about, how serious it was, how long ago the offense took place and whether you have any similar cases or occurrences pending. Since different apartments are owned by different management companies, they may also have different criteria with some having a zero tolerance for any kind of criminal conviction.
I was convicted of a sexually-related offense but it was misdemeanor
Again, no one size fits all. Some apartments will reconsider and evaluate the actual circumstances surrounding the criminal offense. For instance, a conviction for indecent exposure may have been because you wore the wrong attire at a beach or community swimming pool, or for public urination where someone saw you. It can even be issued because a mother breastfed her baby and a passer-by saw her. These are pretty minor convictions that many apartment complexes overlook and issue approval although in some cases an applicant may be denied.
What felonies are considered the most serious for apartment rental purposes?
While different apartments have different requirements (all within the law of course), it is common knowledge that there are some offenses that are considered more serious than others. These include but not limited to: sexual assault, battery, domestic violence, rape, drug dealing, armed robber and murder. Again, apartments use their discretion when approving felony applicants. Some apartments will approve a felony applicant if the offense was committed over 5 years ago.
What else can I do if I have a criminal record?
Having a criminal record is not the end of the world if you have changed your life. It is possible to pick up the pierces and rebound. If you have a felony or a serious misdemeanor, and are looking for an apartment, town home, condo or rental home, you can start by looking on sites such as Craigslist, OLX, Backpage and Kijiji to see if anyone is leasing theirs. These could be privately-owned apartments where the landlord is more concerned with your job and income than your credit and background. This is an excellent way of getting an apartment if you have a serious background issue.