So you and your BFF have made the decision to share an apartment together and you couldn't be happier until she drops the bombshell: she has a poor credit score.
Don't panic just yet. A low credit score doesn't have to be a deal breaker. We've gathered some of the best tips to help you get approved for a lease when your potential roommate has questionable credit.
1. Get the Facts
The first step is to be clear about what you're dealing with. Have your friend request a free copy of her credit report to confirm her current score. It might turn out that the situation is not as bad as the two of you are anticipating. If it is, you know where you stand and what needs to be addressed.
2. Clean It Up
As important as financial data is, credit information can sometimes be misreported. Check the credit report carefully and contact the reporting institution to clear up any mistakes or omissions.
3. Be Honest and Upfront
More than 25 percent of consumers have a credit score of 600 or less, which is the general standard of bad credit. Many people have been in your shoes, so don't be tempted to lie or misrepresent your situation. You may be surprised how willing landlords and management teams are to work with you.
4. Provide References
Is your friend's poor credit history due to problems with credit cards, but she's kept up her rent payments? Rental history is rarely included in credit reports, so it could be helpful to provide references indicating a good track record, showing that your friend makes rent a priority.
5. Put a Freeze on Debt
If your friend hasn't already done so, she should stop incurring any further debt. Good credit scores involve more than just timely payments. A high debt-to-available-credit ratio is a sign of overextended finances, so it can negatively impact credit scores.
6. Commit to Automatic Payments
Just about any financial transaction today can be processed electronically. Having the rent automatically deducted from your bank account demonstrates a commitment to ensuring that rent is paid promptly and in full. Our Springs luxury apartment communities offer online rent payment for your convenience.
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