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The vast majority of landlords will run an extensive credit check on potential tenants, so it’s a good idea to include an official credit report in your rental packet to save the landlord a little bit of leg work. While most companies will run their own reports to verify your credit history, including the report in the renter’s packet will demonstrate a certain level of confidence that certainly won’t hurt you before signing a lease. Just make sure you use one of the nationally recognized sources of credit reporting.
Every pet owner dreads the three words at the end of any lease description: no pets allowed. While some landlords and apartment associations run a strict policy, sometimes there are ways around this issue. If you do have a pet, include pictures and information about them in the packet; including obedience school certificates, vet contact information, and any letters from past neighbors or landlords that prove fluffy won’t damage the property. If the landlord seems particularly stubborn, offer to pay a slightly higher deposit that will cover any potential damage caused by your pet. It’s your job to prove that your furry roommate won’t be a nuisance to anyone. Your pet doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker.