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Old 06-03-2008, 07:59 PM
 
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Default Renting Apartment with no Job

I just quit my job to relocate to the Phoenix area. I plan on coming down on July 1 and I was wondering if I'll have any trouble renting an apartment without a job? Will I have to pay advance rent or is a good credit score enough? Maybe I should add that I'm 49 years old and own a residence in South Dakota. Also been professionally employed for the last 25 years. Thanks!
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:12 PM
 
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It will not be as easy as renting with a job. Most, if not all, landlords and their rental offices ask for verification of employment. What you might do, if they seem unwilling to rent, offer to pay part of the year upfront.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:23 PM
 
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I was in the same boat last year, definitely makes it harder but it still is quite possible to get a place to rent if you have:
~ Good credit
~ Clean background
~ At least a few months of rent $$ in your bank account.
I'd also suggest telling the leasing office that you have job interviews lined up (even if that is not true), that will make them feel a bit better.

If you fail to get an apartment, check out the roommate ads (CraigsList.com). I'd actually do that before moving over, call ahead and get a few of the available ones ready to check out, just in case.

Good Luck.
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Old 06-03-2008, 08:25 PM
 
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If you fail to get an apartment, check out the roommate ads (CraigsList.com). I'd actually do that before moving over, call ahead and get a few of the available ones ready to check out, just in case.

Good Luck.
That's what i had to do when i moved from Tucson.
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Old 06-04-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Yes
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It will not be as easy as renting with a job. Most, if not all, landlords and their rental offices ask for verification of employment. What you might do, if they seem unwilling to rent, offer to pay part of the year upfront.
I hate that catch22 situation. You need an apartment in a new city in order to settle down and find a job, yet you need a job to get that apartment in the first place.

A few years back, I offered to pay my whole year's lease up front ($9600!!) at one complex and they still said no - that I needed a verification of employment.

I got a job in about 2 weeks and moved, but it's still an asinine process ... especially when someone offers to pay their whole rent up front.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. That isn't exactly what I was hoping to hear but that's what I was expecting. I'll just have to hope for the best.
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Old 06-04-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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You could check out some of the extended stay hotels and find out if the cost would be low enough on a monthly basis. Also, some motels have kitchen facilities.

I have never checked into either of the two things mentioned, so have no idea about whether the rates are competitive with apartments.

People advertising on craigslist for roommates might be leery of unemployed people too.

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Old 06-04-2008, 01:22 PM
 
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I just quit my job to relocate to the Phoenix area. I plan on coming down on July 1 and I was wondering if I'll have any trouble renting an apartment without a job? Will I have to pay advance rent or is a good credit score enough? Maybe I should add that I'm 49 years old and own a residence in South Dakota. Also been professionally employed for the last 25 years. Thanks!
I just rented an apartment, and it seems it is pretty lax here. I would recommend showing your original offer sheet, or a former pay stub and say you are still employed there and down in the valley to look at apartments. Then sign a lease with that offer of employment or paystub, and they usually won't research it any further.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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I have an aquaintance who moved to Phoeninx without a job lined up and was able to buy a house.
He had an excellent FICO score and put 20% down.

I would not think just getting a place to rent would be a problem at all. Good credit + plus enough cash up front and you should be fine.
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Old 06-04-2008, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Smile This person is a perfect transplant for Phoenix

This is great. I am sure that you will have no problem coming down with no job. The job market is great here. I've been hearing that Phoenix is in the middle of a boom and has the best job growth in the nation. This is the perfect place to just show up with nothing and then when you get here everything just falls into place from day 1.

With the wonderful economy here and all the exciting growth Phoenix is perfect for transplants. Right guys. After all its because of people just like the OP that Phoenix is experiencing such great population growth. I hope to see you here soon.
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