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How can felons find housing?

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Felons can find housing by first trying single-occupancy homes as opposed to multiplexes and apartments. Lawyers, parole officers and counselors might also know of agencies that can help felons find housing. Felons should always be open and honest about their pasts when speaking with landlords.

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The private landlords of single-occupancy homes might be more open to renting to felons than the property management companies that own multiplexes and apartments. Felons should make every effort to make a good first impression on landlords before revealing their backgrounds. Landlords often run background checks, and it's better they learn of a person's criminal background from the individual.

Friends and family members might also be able to help felons find housing. In addition to having potential connections with a local landlord, a friend or family member can also vouch for a felon's good character. Felons should not attempt to have someone rent an apartment for them and avoid putting their name on the lease. If discovered, the individual may be hit with an eviction lawsuit and have to find a new place to live.

Felons should be sure to sign a lease when they are able to secure an apartment. Doing so protects them from rent hikes and any other unlawful actions a landlord might take on a vulnerable tenant.

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