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I got a question yesterday about getting a rental application approved. He was relocating to Manhattan, and had found an apartment he liked, but was afraid that his application would be denied due to his low credit score. He had a guarantor, but their credit was good, not great, and he asked me if there was anything he could do to strengthen his case with this apartment or make a stronger case if he had to apply elsewhere.

I’m no expert in Manhattan rentals, but I am a landlord. I think most landlords agree with me when I say that a vacant unit is not good, but is better than a bad tenant. I asked him what his rental application included, and it was the application form, bank statements, and either his credit report or an authorization to run it. His agent suggested that he offer to pay extra rent in advance, but he wasn’t sure if that was a good idea. Lots of questions.

Here is what I told him:

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