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I need suggestions on what to include in my reconsideration letter for an apartment...

Asked by ItalianPrincess1217 (10134 points ) May 24th, 2011 from iPhone

I was recently sent a rejection letter from an apartment complex due to rental history. Apparently the last 3 years I rented with a guy doesn’t count due to the fact that it wasn’t listed as an apartment with the town. The woman told me if I wanted her to reconsider, write them a letter. I was planning on just letting this apartment go but unfortunately I have only 3 months before the baby is born and we desperately need a 2 bedroom that we can afford. So what exactly should I say in this letter? Usually I’m good with words but under pressure I get writer’s block! Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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YARNLADY's avatar

Have your landlord write you a letter of recommendation. Here is a possible guideline.

HungryGuy's avatar

I’d suggest that you place a classified ad in the paper saying you’re expecting a baby and need a 2 bedroom apartment for $xxx which is the most you can afford. Mention if you need to be close to a bus line or any other requirements. Let landlords who are desperate to let their apartments contact you.

nikipedia's avatar

Dear Landlady,

Thank you for reconsidering my application. We really loved this apartment and hope that we’ll be able to move in once you have more information about my previous living situation, since that seemed to be the problem. [Explain previous living situation.]

I can also provide references from the old apartment [if you can], and/or from previous living situations indicating that I’m a conscientious and trustworthy tenant.

If you’re still feeling uncertain about the rental arrangement, we’d be happy to [provide an additional month’s security deposit, if feasible] or meet with you in person to discuss. We feel very sure that we can be the kind of tenants you are looking for and hope that you feel the same way after reading this letter.

Thanks again for your reconsideration. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Best regards,
ItalianPrincess1217

ItalianPrincess1217's avatar

@nikipedia GA! Thank you :) That was perfect.

nikipedia's avatar

:) Glad I could help! Let us know how it turns out!

Judi's avatar

If you had a phone or any utilities in your name, copies of those bills will also help to prove that you actually lived there.
If you really want to go the extra mile, go to the hall of records and get a copy of the deed proving that the landlord you listed actually owned the property. If you know a realtor or anyone who works for a title company they might be able to get that for you.

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