One of the questions we are often asked is whether a client can rent an apartment if they have a criminal history. When you apply to rent an apartment, the apartment manager will run a criminal background check. How the results will affect your ability to rent depends on many factors, including what kind of crime was committed, length of time since the conviction, and which management company you are dealing with. Let’s explore how criminal history affects your chance of renting an apartment and how an apartment locator can help you find an apartment that will accept prior convictions.
There are two types of criminal history: misdemeanor and felony. Apartment complexes will consider whether your crime is a misdemeanor or a felony, as well as the seriousness of the crime, when looking at your criminal history.
Typically, apartments are a lot more flexible with misdemeanors, but it really depends on the type of misdemeanor, A,B, or C. Generally, the more aggressive misdemeanors are going to be more difficult to place. If you have an assault or some types of drug charges on your record, finding an apartment will be much more difficult. Generally, management companies won’t hold DWI’s and traffic violations against you, unless your DWI or DUI turns into a felony.
Many apartment complexes will work with non-aggressive misdemeanors, but they are especially reticent to rent to applicants with misdemeanors that include a crime against a person or property, including theft. If a misdemeanor is more than five or ten years old, most management companies will be more likely to allow someone to rent an apartment as long as they meet the other qualifying criteria. That’s why it’s important to be completely honest with your apartment locator so they can only take you to properties that will consider an applicant with a criminal record.
Felonies can be a little bit trickier to work around. Only around one to two percent of the properties in Austin will work with a felony charge. Most of the properties that will work with a felony charge are really going to consider the age of the felony. Someone who has a twenty-year-old felony is still going to have a hard time finding a place to live, but you will have a few more options than someone with a much more recent felony. If ten years or longer has passed, there are quite a few management companies that will consider your application. However, sometimes if the felony is aggressive, like a felony assault, it will pose a problem no matter how much time has passed since conviction.
Concerned about getting an apartment because you have a conviction on your record? Give Apartment Experts North a call today at 512-339-4411. We can help you find an apartment for your future so you can move away from a history you may want to forget.