Renting an apartment when you have a felony record is possible, but is often more difficult than if you didn't have a record, states SFGate. The chances of getting accepted are higher when dealing with the owner directly rather than with a management company, and it helps to be honest.
Working with an owner rather than a management company decreases the likelihood of a criminal background check, according to SFGate. In addition, explaining the particulars of your situation is easier if you are dealing with a person rather than a corporate entity. Some communities also have groups that help felons find apartments and other housing resources.