I have 1 felony on my record in which it happened 4 years ago. My fiance is 9 months pregnant and I am trying to move into a new 2 br apartment beofre my daughter is born. Her due date is June 11th and I want to try to move in by June 1st. In my state of Florida Apartment complexes will not rent to me because of my felony. I want her to put it in her name so that we could get the place. But, the bad thing is she is going to be out of work for 3 months and I know they are going to have doubts about how she is going to get the money to pay rent. I am going to be doing that but, I need to find a way to either tell them or trick them so that we could get into the apartment without any problems. Any suggestions????

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Wildcat says:
July 12, 2010 at 10:49 am

You CANNOT trick them in to giving it to her!! If you move in without them knowing then you are going to make your family homeless!! BOTH of you need to be on the lease or it is illegal!.

You will have to look for a private owner that will be lenient.

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tracy says:
July 12, 2010 at 10:41 am

When it comes to complexes, putting an apartment in your fiancee's name isn't going to do you any good. Some complexes may not require YOU to sign the lease, or fill out an application, but even they WILL require your girlfriend provide detailed information about _everyone_ who will occupy the unit.

Forget lying. It's not a matter of IF they find out, it's all about the WHEN. And WHEN they do find out, they nail your fiancee for a violation of the lease. In a 'best case' scenario, they give her a chance to correct the violation [read: kick you out].

In a worst case scenario, you, your baby, and your fiancee are evicted. But wait, there's more! You know how hard it is to find somebody to rent to you due to your felony? You and your fiancee are going to have an equally hard time [if not worse] getting a decent place with an eviction on your records -- just imagine the double whammy there, yanno? And an eviction will stick around for *years*. But wait, there's more! You live in FL. Florida is the ONE state in which landlord's aren't required to mitigate a tenant's losses if a lease is broken (and I'm assuming eviction under such circumstance qualifies as a breaking of the lease). If you're evicted in the first month or two, you may very well _have_ to pay ten or eleven month's rent. Think about that kind of debt on your credit reports, on top of your felony, on top of an eviction. In other states, landlords have to demonstrate a good faith effort to find a replacement tenant, and are usually limited in what they can collect. You don't want to break a lease in FL, oh no.

Read that paragraph again. Not just once, but twice. And read it slowly. You. Don't. Want. To. Lie.

What you want to do is, as somebody mentioned, look for private landlords (renting out apartments in a house, or actual houses). They tend to be less stringent, but your mileage may vary. IF you want to live in a complex, you need to actually go into a rental office, and be up front with them. "I'm interested in renting an apartment. I'm going to tell you off the bat that I have a felony on my record for blahblahblah. I've been out of prison since blahblahblah, and haven't been in trouble since. Does this make renting to me impossible, or may I fill out an application?". If they can't rent to you, be polite. Thank them for their time, and ask if they know of any complexes that aren't too grungy that might be willing to consider you. Uhmm. You may also want to try calling the Dept of Probation and explaining your situation, and asking if they know of any places where your record's not going to be a major issue.

Keep your head up, and keep looking. Good luck to you.

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goz1111 says:
July 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

I agree in the end management will find out and evict you and your girlfriend, plus once an eviction is on her record she will not be renting anytime soon again

You two need to stay away from the large complex that run background checks you will never be approved with the felony, instead look toward more mom and pop places, where they maybe more desperate for a renter and be willing to work with you

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lizzie23 says:
July 12, 2010 at 10:10 am

Rather than going to an apartment complex choose a place that has a landlord. Like a house or duplex being rented out. People are dying to sublease or lease their places right now. Check the paper...in this market you'll find a place to rent for pretty cheap.

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David Z says:
July 12, 2010 at 9:54 am

Lets stop misleading and tricking people. You will be in violation of lease agreement if you live there anyway and will ultimately lead to everyone being evicted.

Be up front. Someone will lease to you. You just have to keep looking. Look for rental houses. Those landlords may not be as strict.

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sissy says:
July 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

As a LL tricking is not something I smile upon. Have you tried discussing the felony BEFORE they discover it? Have you tried begging? Offering several months of rent in advance? Depending on the felony I can't see a problem if you handled your punishment/fines.

Can you find a house somewhere so that the only person who needs to approve one on one is the owner of the house?

Get married it might help.

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