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How can I get into a rental if I have bad credit and bad rental history

I am trying to get into a rental home but I have no idea where to start. I have bad credit and my rental history isn't the best. I have broken lease's on it due to me being young and thinking I knew everything. I really want advice on how I can possibly get into a house. I have two kids and I want them to have a backyard! 
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November 17 2013 - McKinney
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Money talks...  You'll need plenty of it, either pay a few months upfront or double deposit etc.

If that doesn't work, look into apartments that accept "second chance" rentals while you repair your credit.

Naima
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November 20 2013
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You have to have a way to demonstrate that you've changed your ways and are no longer a risk.     Some landlords will consider a good faith deposit of three months rent into a separate account (outsider normal deposits required) as something that may make them consider. 

Is  your bad rental history recent (in the last couple of years) or a decade or more out?

What steps are you taking to improve your credit?

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November 17 2013
Hi Casey,
It is possible to find a landlord who will work with imperfect credit and rental history. The secret is doing the work up front, and knowing how to find the right landlord. ;-) Please contact me through my profile if you would like assistance.
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