Renting with a criminal record can make things complicated. Once you have a criminal record it sticks with you and can make many aspects of your life difficult, especially finding a home to rent and a job. Landlords and property management companies use background checks to screen for good and bad tenants; when a criminal record is present it is often used a reason for denial. The type of crime committed, however, can weigh in your favor.
Unfortunately, in many cases the only rental property owners that will agree to rent to a person with a criminal record are those with property in shady neighborhoods with others who have criminal records. It can be very difficult to find a job that pays enough to get you out of a bad rental situation when you live in an area that lacks good jobs. Read more