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What Happens To Your Credit When You Get Evicted?

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What happens to your credit when you get evicted

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An eviction notice is a written statement informing you the landlord believes you’re in violation of the rental agreement. Depending on why you’re being evicted, the type of notice you receive and the state you live in, you may need to vacate the property by a certain time. But if you have an eviction notice in your past, you might be worried about getting approved for a new rental situation.

Find out below what happens if you get evicted, including whether you can or should fight the notice and whether you can get a new rental. As with any situation involving your credit and money, being prepared with knowledge can often make a huge difference in outcome.

What to Do If You Receive an Eviction Notice

Eviction processes vary by state. Eforms, a site that provides sample eviction notices for landlords, summarizes the eviction process for each state. A good first step is to find out exactly what the process in your state is so you know how to respond appropriately to an eviction.

Eviction notices come in two main types: curable and incurable. Curable notices detail how the landlord thinks you broke the lease agreement and how you can fix it. If you cure the issue, the eviction is retracted. Incurable notices don’t have any fix and simply require that you vacate the premises by a certain date.

A common reason for an eviction notice is that the landlord claims the rent hasn’t been paid. In many cases, this would be a curable eviction notice. If you catch up on your rent, the landlord might not move forward with the eviction.

In many cases, if you don’t respond to the eviction notice to cure it or move out, the landlord must go to court to get a judgment against you. This allows law enforcement to require you to move out of the property.

You usually have an option to appear in court and fight the eviction. For example, if you’re withholding rent because the landlord has not fixed something that is his or her responsibility under the lease, you could use that as a defense. A judge might rule on your side, requiring the landlord to make those repairs before you are required to catch up your rent. But keep in mind that we’re not legal experts—if you find yourself in this situation, we recommend consulting with a lawyer.

What Happens If You Get Evicted?

If you know you’re at fault or the judgment doesn’t go your way, you are likely going to have to move out of the rental property. It’s important to know how the eviction might impact your credit history and chances of getting another rental in this case.

How Does an Eviction Affect Your Credit?

Evictions aren’t included on your credit report, and neither are certain types of public records such as eviction judgments. However, that doesn’t mean an eviction leaves your credit squeaky clean or that potential future landlords won’t know about your eviction history.

First, collection accounts or debts leading up to your eviction do appear on your credit report. If you fell behind on rent and tried to right the situation with a personal loan that you also fell behind on, for example, that could hurt your credit. And if the landlord turned uncollected rents over to a collection agency at any point, that can also negatively impact your score.

Second, judgments related to evictions are a matter of public record. Future landlords might not see them on your credit report, but they can easily find them by searching court records. Many landlords use tenant-screening services that provide rental backgrounds on prospective tenants, and court records related to evictions are typically included.

Can You Still Rent an Apartment If You Have Been Evicted?

If you’ve been evicted from a townhouse, apartment or rental home, it may be difficult to qualify for a new rental if a potential landlord checks your rental history. If you have an eviction hampering your ability to find a place to live, you have a few options:

  • Try to find a private landlord who doesn’t use screening services or check credit history
  • Look into reporting any rent that you’re paying—it could help your credit score
  • Try negotiating with a potential landlord by offering a large security deposit or several months of rent up front
  • Find a cosigner with good credit to live with
  • Live with friends who already have a home and history of good payments

Try to Make Amends

If you were evicted for unpaid rent, the best way to make amends is to reach out to your former landlord or collection agency and make up those missed payments. Doing so could make finding a new place easier, especially if you get proof in writing that you made good on the old debts.

How to Avoid Eviction in the First Place

Abiding by your rental agreement is the most important thing you can do to avoid being evicted. Your agreement is a legally binding contract, so understanding everything expected of you—from maintenance of the property to noise restrictions and timely rent payment—is critical, as is knowing the tenant laws in your state.

If you have problems, talk to your landlord as soon as possible. Things happen, but landlords often appreciate knowing you want to do the right thing, and communication is essential. Also keep in mind that finding new tenants is a hassle most landlords would rather avoid. They can often be willing to work with you, but you have to take the first step.

Keep an Eye on Your Credit

Even if you do everything you’re supposed to do, when you live in someone else’s property, keep in mind that you might have to move unexpectedly. A landlord could potentially sell their property, or you could decide that the landlord isn’t someone you want to rent from anymore, for example. Keeping an eye on your credit regularly helps you improve your score, which can help you secure a new rental property as needed.

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    • Gerri Detweiler

      Yes that’s a form of identity theft. You need to take the appropriate steps, including filing a police report, checking your credit reports, etc. You’ll find more tips here: What Should I Do If I’m a Victim Of Identity Theft

    • lindam313

      This happened in 2009. Is that a factor?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It’s a little late to file a report but I’d still suggest you try. If they’ve done anything else with your info it will be very helpful to have a police report.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      The fact that there is new management is probably not a good enough reason to break your lease, but if there are other problems, then you may be able to do so. I recommend you do two things: 1. Put your complaints in writing and send it to the new management by certified mail and keep a copy for your records and 2. educate yourself on landlord tenant laws in your state to see if any have been violated. Your local housing authority may be able to help as well. state landlord tenant laws

      Please be careful – we’ve heard so many horror stories from tenants about their credit being ruined after they broke a lease early. Document, document, document – and know your rights.

    • ccurtisce

      What if you hand the payment to the landlord. Then the next day get a pay in 3 days or leave. Yes we were beyond un happy cause they dI’d nothing and there were cockroaches in the cabinets. We put a stop payment on the check Monday morning. Then after she called aND said sorry I found the check. We have proof of all the problems and decided to leave.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        The landlords actions may not be legal. I suggest you research state landlord tenant laws in your state and contact your local housing authority if necessary.

    • Sean

      What if the reason for the eviction has nothing to do with paying on time? For example, if there is a dispute about how to interpret a term in the contract and the landlord seeks recourse through an eviction process, would that sort of an eviction be placed on a credit record in the event that the landlord wins? Even if there is not a dispute and both parties agree that the tenant is breaking a term in the lease, but the term has nothing to do with on-time payments (e.g., having a pet when they’re not supposed to), does eviction on these bases result in an adverse credit record?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If the eviction is recorded in the courts and is part of the public record it will likely appear on your credit reports. Keep good records, though, as you may have a basis for disputing it.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      Your state should have laws that protect tenants in these situations. Here is a resource for researching state landlord tenant laws.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      Is it on your credit reports? That’s the first thing to find out. If so, it can still be disputed though it may be hard to get removed. Have you tried contacting the Legal Aid Society in NY for help with the credit reporting issue?

      • Amy

        I don’t know if it is on their credit reports. I know they got turned down for a pre-approval from one bank for bad credit but got pre-approved from another. But this person has a history of bad credit. I feel like tenants have no rights. Tenants should have a way of screening landlords to make sure the landlords are not slumlords. Not all landlords are that great.

        • Gerri Detweiler

          You’re not the first person to make that suggestion!

    • Gerri Detweiler

      The screening company, by law, must give you instructions for ordering a free copy of your report from the source they used. Did you get that notification and did you get the report? If not, ask the screening company for the disclosure.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      If I understand your question correctly, you terminated your lease early and the landlord has now sent you to collections correct? Unfortunately if you break a lease early that’s always a possibility. Your goal now should be to resolve the account so you can start rebuilding your credit. One collection account alone shouldn’t completely derail your plans to buy a home – it’s the overall credit score a lender looks at. In addition, it’s possible they may agree to remove it if you pay it, but you’ll need to negotiate that and get it in writing. (There is no guarantee, but it’s worth trying.) We wrote about that here: Removing Collection Accounts from Your Credit Reports

    • Chris

      I have recently separated with my girlfriend who shares an apartment with me. She pays nothing and I pay for everything. She is on the lease however. I have left the property, but she is unwilling to leave. How can I approach this? A lawyer told me I may have no choice but to go through the eviction process to separate fully. I have great credit and do not want to mess this up. Any ideas? State of Florida.

      • Credit Experts

        You will do well to seek legal counsel. It’s likely your lease does not specify that you owe the money only as long as you live in the apartment and the relationship continues — and the apartment manager’s main concern is being sure rent is paid. Does the lease allow one of you to give 30 days’ notice? Or does it require the consent of both parties? While we understand you are not married, some of the advice in this post might be useful:
        What Happens to Your Credit When You Get Divorced?

    • Gerri Detweiler

      Albert –

      An eviction can only be reported for seven years from the date it occurred. So it sounds like it will come off your credit reports next year.

      • albert

        Thanks for your response, but is not on my credit but my actual record and i was told its there for life… i dont understand..

        • Gerri Detweiler

          I don’t know what you mean either by your “actual record.” If you were denied an apartment due to an eviction listed in a consumer report of some kind, by law they must provide you with a written notice explaining where they got that information and give you the opportunity to request a copy.

          Who told you that?

          • Gerri Detweiler

            Perhaps you mean there is a judgment on your credit report? Unpaid judgments can be reported indefinitely. If you haven’t already, please get your credit reports from all three bureaus to see what is listed: Here’s how to get your free annual credit reports.

            And please read this article: Help! I Found a Judgment on My Credit Report

            • Alberto

              i have someone working on my credit repairing so we checked and it was not there… but it must be on my record outside of my credit report since this condominium was able to see it.. so as per what you said it will be there permanently until i get to contact the landlord that did this to me then…

            • Gerri Detweiler

              Alberto – I am not sure what “it” is. Without knowing what report they were looking at it’s really hard for me to tell. Can you go back to them and ask them what the source for that information was? They may be required by law to tell you that.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      File a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or talk with a consumer law attorney. The company that checked your record may have broken the law.

    • Credit Experts

      It shouldn’t, though it could, indirectly, if you didn’t pay rent due and that was sent to a collection agency. A collection would hurt your credit score.

    • shan

      If I am moving out the last month of my lease and. I have a deposit equal to the last month’s rent would they still take you to court?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If your deposit was a security deposit – and not last month’s rent – then not paying your last month’s rent could put you in default. As to what the landlord will do, it’s hard for me to speculate. You may want to research your state landlord tenant laws before you put your credit at risk.

    • Angel21

      If im my account has gone into collections will they garnish my taxes.

      • Credit Experts

        Garnishment happens only after there has been a judgment. (They would have to first sue you and win in court.)

    • Justin

      I am currently a tenant in VA, and I believe that I have legal grounds to have broken my lease agreement, due to a clause that states a lease can be broken if the employer listed on the application transfers the tenant to another job outside of a 50-mile radius. I transferred from one US government agency to another (different agencies, but still within the federal government). I see this as a qualifying reason; the landlord doesn’t see it this way. I have since relocated and stopped paying rent, and the landlord is taking me to court. If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, I understand that a judgment will be issued against me and a collection agency will come after me to pay the rent due. If I pay the past rent within 30 days, would my credit score still be negatively affected? Thank you

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Unfortunately, if a judgment is issued and appears on your credit reports it will be negative, even if you pay it off right away. It sounds to me like your best bet – short of hiring an attorney to fight back – is to resolve it before it gets to court. If you do that, make sure you get something in writing stating that they will drop the lawsuit when you pay.

    • Brandy

      What if your landlord never gave you a lease agreement to sign, can he put anything on my credit?

    • Brandy

      If I never signed an lease agreement the will he be able to put anything on my credit record?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It depends. If he takes you to court and gets a judgment that will be reported. But without a signed lease he may not be able to successfully sue you. Similarly if he turns your account over to collections that will affect your credit, but you may be able to dispute it. It really depends on the facts and circumstances.

    • crystal

      I have a old collections account that is almost 7 years old, it was from an apartment that I was a co sign on and we broke the lease. The collection agency had it reported as closed and no report from April 2014. Now they are reporting it again as a open account and as an individual account. What can I do? Will it still come off my credit report in 7 years which will be Oct. 2015?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        When did you break the lease? The collection account should be reported for seven years plus 180 days from when you missed the rent payment leading up to it being sent to collections.

    • t

      I am a landlord who has given notice to my tenants and they are waiting for the council to find them somewhere. If I have to get a court order to evict them does it effect their credit rating.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I’m sorry but we don’t know details of how that works in the UK. In the US, a court ordered eviction would affect at least a tenant history report.

    • Emily

      My husband and I tried getting an apartment last month and they denied us because my husband supposedly has an eviction, but its not him, its his dad who has the same exact name, and my husband wasn’t even old enough to rent when the eviction happened. How did the third party get this information mixed up if we submitted my husbands social security, and this eviction doesn’t even appear on his Experian acct.? We are mind boggled.

      • Credit Experts

        Emily —
        Please check your email. We’re trying to reach you to get more information.

    • doyouboo

      I have an eviction on my record from a slum landlord I have taken to court already. I have already gotten my credit report from Trans Union and there isn’t anything on my “Public Records” section and it says “there isn’t any info at this time”.. What does that mean?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I don’t know – I just can’t picture the scenario you are describing on your credit report. Where does it say there isn’t any info? On what tradeline?

    • deidra Murphy

      My mother lost her home and they put on my credit report that I was forcibly evicted even though my name was not on the mortgage and had moved in with my grandparents

      • deidra

        What I want to know is how do I get it off of my credit report and can they do that?

    • moni

      I rent an apartment with 3 other roommates and due to personal reasons I need to leave. Our lease ends in december. Is there any way I can terminate myself from the lease or have someone replace me without it negatively effecting me?

      • Credit Experts

        What does your lease say? You could also try to appeal to your landlord, but if you do that, please be sure you get any agreement in writing.

    • jas87

      If my apartments file for eviction on the 16th but i pay everything in full on the 19th will the fact that an eviction was filed show up on my credit report. Even if i stay in the aparttment and pay my rent for the remainder of the lease

      • Credit Experts

        An eviction won’t show up on your credit report (though it could show up on a tenant screening report). An eviction can indirectly affect your credit if the bill for rent is turned over to a collection agency. Collections DO go on your credit report.

    • Kali Geldis

      Hi —

      An eviction may not appear on you credit report, as the original landlord said, but there are still specialized consumer reports that landlords use where the eviction could still be showing up, giving the new landlord/management company a reason to deny you. Ask the new landlord what report they’re looking at. You can get your credit reports at, and you can ask your landlord where they got the specialty consumer report they used to deny you the apartment and call that company to get the report or to dispute the eviction’s appearance on your report.

      Hope that helps!

    • Richard Matthew

      I am a landlord in Florida. I had a 8 month lease with tenets that ended Oct 23 2014. I had a seasonal tenet that was supposed to move in Jan 1 2015 On Nov 6th 2014 I gave written notice to be out of house by Dec. 3, 2014. They ignored it. I right away filed for eviction with courts. It draged out till Jan. 28 2015. The tenets refused to give me rent all of that time,. 2 months almost. When we saw the Judge and the Judge asked why you did not pay rent? They said I have cancer and I think I should get free rent. The Judge responded back saying there’s no such thing as free rent. Then the tenets blerted out I cut ultilties. Then Judge said he cut you off water and electric. They answered no, he cut off our wifi. Then the judge said hes not required to give you wifi. Then the Judge ruled he owes me 2 months back rent of 1800 dollars. Then tenets said we cant offered that. Then the Judge said you cant cant offered don’t mater, that’s what you owe. Then Judge gave them 24 hours to vacate. After the Judge ruled that she asked the Judge how dose she proceed of filling stalking charges against me? Judge said go to another court for that. The day of eviction came they moved their things out and drove off. I don’t know where their location they went to file claim. My Question, I do have Judgement on them of me taking the house in possesion, And they put eviction notice on door. Will their eviction show up on the data base of people getting evictions? That’s so future landlords can have the information about their history? I went to county and they said they have records of it only in that county. So if he gose to next county nothing will show up on them?. Dose this agency pick up their record and put it in their data base of information?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Richard – As we mentioned in the article, evictions and judgments are public record items and there are companies that gather this information for consumer reporting agencies. If a future landlord runs a credit and/or background check there is a very good chance it will show up on those reports.

    • Gerri Detweiler

      Sandy – I am sorry I don’t understand your question. Why would they send you a letter of satisfaction if you never lived there? Did they tell you which company they used to check your rental history? Have you requested a free copy as entitled to by law? Did you get the copy of your report and dispute the inaccurate conviction? It’s the same process as disputing a credit report.

      A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

    • Gerri Detweiler

      It is likely the bank is trying to make sure it follows the law with regard to what they have to do to evict a tenant who was living in the foreclosed home. Have you tried talking with the bank to let them know you have already moved out? If you didn’t have a lease I don’t see how this could affect your credit.

    • MamaB1883

      I rented a home in Indiana as the primary renter and my friend is listed as a secondary renter. Due to unforeseen circumstances I had to move back home (out of state-Illinois) and she and her family have remained in the home and maintained all responsibility as of Jan. 19, 2015. My name has not been removed from the lease yet, and she messaged me today saying that they have now received a summons for court, as thy have fallen behind. Is there any way to prevent myself from being held responsible since I no longer reside there, or will it require legal action?

      • Credit Experts

        MamaB1883 —
        You should seek legal advice. Having your name on the lease is a big problem.

    • Jan

      I am planning to rent a house, but I’m planning of living there only part of the time and the other time my daughter will live there. The problem is she has a past eviction. What are the ramifications if my name is only on the lease?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        i am not sure what you mean by ramifications, but you’ll be responsible for the rent plus any damages. You would be wise to make sure the landlord agrees in writing that your daughter can live there. If not, you may be in violation of your lease.

    • Stephanie Dominique Harris

      Hi, my husband and I are renting a home that we signed a year lease with his sister and her boyfriend. They split up and he moved out but then a few months later they got back together and she left too, now there is three months of rent left and one month they have not paid on their end. My husband and I are in the loan process of a mortgage and about to close on a home shortly after the lease is up. Will them not paying their half of the rent affect us being approved for the mortgage?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Yes, if the debt is turned over to a collection agency and appears as a new collection account on your credit reports it may cause problems for your loan – and could even derail it. As a cosigner you are legally responsible for the entire debt unfortunately.

    • Jay

      Hi guys, I’m in a co-lease with one other roommate, she lost her job a few months ago, and we are very behind on rent because of it. I don’t see anyway to avoid an eviction at this point. So I’m wondering what steps I can take to lessen the impact an eviction will have on my life. My plan is to move into a studio apartment I have my eyes on in the summer, and my current job pays 3x the rent of said property; just wondering if that can help out in any way. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • Matt

      I read here that “Getting evicted from an apartment can make it difficult to find a new place to live and it can affect your credit history, as well, if your landlord obtains an eviction judgment against you in court.”

      If the landlord moves to evict us, and we move out voluntarily within 30 or 60 days, would he/she typically still move forward with obtaining the eviction judgement? I reside in San Francisco. I understand this depends, but curious what you all see occur in practice.

    • Richard Matthew

      I evicted a couple that the Judge decided they owe me 2 months back rent. They left and its imposable to give them a summons when I don’t know their address I talked to the credit bureau and I have to file a judgement in order for their eviction record to show up with their agency. However there are public records landlords go to get background checks on his future tenants. I would like to know if they were recorded on the public records web site. Is there a free or reliable public web site I can go to to find that out.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Evictions are normally reported on the background checks landlord use. I am not sure if you can access their reports at this point, and the last thing you want to do is to create a problem for yourself with impermissible access to their credit information. But if an eviction is in the public record then it should show up when another landlord runs their report.

    • Ashleigh

      Hi there. My husband and I recently got married and before we got married his roommate stopped paying his half of the rent and it caused my husband to get evicted. Now that we are married we want to have a place of our own, but it doesn’t seem possible with an eviction on his credit report. Is there anything we can do?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It could be tough. After a while it won’t be on his credit reports. Can you qualify for the rent yourself? Could you come up with a larger deposit to help the landlord feel more secure?

    • Shade

      I have pulled my credit report and 2 out of the 3 credit bureaus did not show my evictions. My last one is nearing 6 years old. Does it fall off of credit report after a time period?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Most negative information can be reported for seven years.

    • katherine

      I broke a lease 3 years ago but I was never evicted. i had a bill from them and it went to collection im trying to pay the bill but it shows on my credit an eviction when was never one not even a court date?? this is possible how can i fixed??

      • Credit Experts

        Typically evictions themselves do not go on credit reports, but a resulting collection would (whether from an eviction or breaking your lease). What a potential lender would be concerned about is an unpaid debt. As time goes by, collections have less and less impact on your credit scores, and they disappear 7 years and 180 days after the original bill was reported late.

    • Hannah

      How does a leasing agency know if a judgement is for an eviction or a court judgement for a credit card balance? Where does it show on your credit if you have bad payment history with your landlord?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Negative information such as judgments will show up in the public record section of your credit reports. Slow pays on rent typically are not reported however.

    • Robb Le

      I have a situation that is a bit different. I wrote an email on march 8th giving the office 60 notice to vacate from my apartment. they asked me to step in to fill out some paperwork. I didn’t because I work the hours they work and was trying to find some time to be able to get this done. then the manager starts communicating with me via email telling me that she cannot release me from my lease based on the reason I provided because she feels she wasn’t negligent to the lease contract. the reason I gave were: the theft of my motorcycle valued at $5,000, the theft on my next door neighbor’s motorcycle valued at $8,000, my neighbor’s apartment got broken into which is one floor below, some one on the building right next door yelling for help after an argument with someone, a guy high on something banging on the front door in that same building yelling profanity at around 3 or 4 am, there is not a week that the police is not on that property for any given reason.
      As we spoke she invited me to a meeting with her, which I accepted and asked for it to be on Wednesday, she replied to me on Thursday asking for Friday. by then I was back at work so it was impossible for me to attend.
      on Apr. 23rd I set another email reminding them that I was moving out. again she asked me to go and sign some documents. I went on the 27th and signed the paper.
      well it turns out that that paper is the 60 notice not the written noticed they asked for me to give them when I signed my contract, as a result they are asking me to pay one more month.
      How can I defend my self in this situation? I don’t feel like my property, myself and others are safe there.
      Any suggestions would be appreciated.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I would suggest you do some research on state landlord tenant laws. You may need to get your local housing authority’s advice or speak with a consumer law attorney.

    • Gloria

      my eviction was 4 years ago and I currently owe 1000 dollars. it still seems like no one is willing to work with me even though I have made payments. how long is my eviction gonna be on my credit report after I pay it off?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Most negative information can be reported for seven years from the date the negative action took place, not from the date you paid the debt off.

    • Tess K

      I left my husband because of domestic abuse….had no choice any longer. So, now we are being evicted. I do not have the money to pay, much as I wish I could, and my husband can pay but won’t. What will happen with my credit score. We will be going to Court in a few days from now.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. Your credit score will take a sever hit but the bigger issue is that they will likely get a judgment and your bank account or any other assets you may have may be at risk. If you can, I’d recommend you talk with a consumer bankruptcy attorney about your options. If you are eligible, help may also be available from Legal Aid.

    • Cameron

      Back in December of 2010 I was not making the best choices in my life. I had an apartment that I ended up just leaving, not paying or anything. It was a joint account that I now have 3000 in collections. It stopped getting reported April 2011.
      Will I be able to get a house after 7 years? I know it falls off the credit report, but will banks still look at it? Credit is really good (well over 700).

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It if is not on the credit report then it shouldn’t create an issue. the only thing to be concerned about is being sued for the debt in the meantime. Whether they can successfully sue you would depend on the statute of limitations, and whether you raise them as a defense if they do.

    • Nicole Rush

      I’m trying to rent my own apartment and every time I apply I get denied! I live in a apartment with my mother. Because I was 18 when she moved in and was on the lease they claimed I was responsible for the rent being payed. I was not aware of this until now. My mother never told me when she was struggling with the rent. I was not aware that my mother was late with payments more than once which affected my credit also. I cannot get accepted to any apartments. I have a child now and we need our own place. I cannot stay with my mother forever and I was told that will be on my credit report for atleast 7 years. I called the credit agency and they told me I can try file a dispute. I think he told me if someone from apartment complex wrote a letter stating in some way i wasn’t responsible for the rent and sent it to them there could possible be a dispute. I don’t know what it’s suppose to state. What should I do? Is this possible to be disputed. I feel hopeless. I think it’s unfair.

      • Credit Experts

        Have you seen a copy of the lease? That would be a good first step. Here’s some information on both disputing information on your credit report and renting with bad credit:

        A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

        How to Rent With Bad Credit

        Good luck to you.

        • Peach Candie

          Oh my god, I am having the same problem. Except my mother did it purposely I think.I was not responsible for the rent, the lease management told me so. I signed because I was jobless and it was my 18th birthday and 18 year olds go on the lease. It was agreed she would pay. She then fled the apartment and the lease when I went to summer dorms for class and when I came back there was an eviction already occurred and she failed notified me. She purchased a new apartment to live with her boyfriend weeks before. This was as soon as I turned 18!

          What on earth do I do? I am now 20 looking for an apartment and I am having massive trouble. I hate that I trusted her. I need help!

          • Credit Experts

            Again, you will have to check your lease. When you say “it was agreed,” was the lease management a party to the agreement? You may want to check with your local legal aid society to see what your options are at this point.

    • candace

      I am being evicted because the person I was living with breached the contract. she had a person staying over night without my knowledge. I work early mornings and got to sleep early. the person was unable to provide proof of residence and now we are being kicked out. while this wasn’t my fault I am still held accountable as well. how will this effect me?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If there are any unpaid balances you will be fully responsible and the balance may be turned over to collections. You may also have an eviction on your record if it was filed in the court. Document everything in writing as much as possible.

    • Maria

      So i just recently received an eviction for unpaid late fees. But I’m not talking about weeks of being late but of being late no more than 3 days. Rent is suppose to be in before the 1st of the month which is pretty ridiculous, considering most landlords give u till the 5th of the month. Sometimes the end of the month falls in the middle of the week which makes it kinda hard to get rent in right away when my husband receives his checks on Fridays (end of the week). We have been here for 1 year and 3 months and only been late 4 times. Like i said no more than 3 days. Our last late one was due to an issue my husband had at his job. Money was a little late. And we held back on pur late fees due to horrible management. We always reported any issue with the apartment and management tool WEEKS before coming to fix things. I even filed a complain to corporate but didn’t get far with that. I offered to pay our late fees ($200) $50 evertime you’re late. But the landlord was a total douche about it and told us that once wr have been served with an eviction that was that. And that if I’m not out in 28 days he’s taking me to court. Is there anything at all o can do so that i can fight this the right way?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        You’ll need to find out what state landlord tenant laws in your state say about the situation. I’m sorry we can’t be of more help but they vary by state.

    • Jake Lee

      I had a friend (not friend ANYMORE) who was living with me in the condo we rented. This following month will be the last month of our contract but this guy won’t pay the rent for last month. He said he doesn’t care if we get evicted. But I just found out today about he’s no longer in the contract anymore. What should I do ??? Please help.. I am in las vegas nevada.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I don’t know what you mean about this: He said he doesn’t care if we get evicted. But I just found out today about he’s no longer in the contract anymore.”

        But unfortunately if you both signed the lease for this rental, then you are both responsible for the entire balance. If you fail to pay it, you may end up with the debt in collections and there may be additional charges. If you can find a way to pay it, you can protect your credit and avoid additional headaches.

        • Jake Lee

          We both signed the lease when we start. But when I got “5 day notice or quit” letter from the office this week there was only my name on it. Can he call the office and maybe took off his name from our lease agreement?? I can’t afford for whole rental by myself. I have to let it go if my friend doesn’t pay me.

          • Gerri Detweiler

            I don’t know if they can take his name off. Usually, though, if you both sign the lease you are both fully responsible for the entire balance. You may need to research state landlord tenant laws.

    • Brianna

      Me and my fiance had rented a apartment but after 4 months of staying in the apartment he had been shipped out for basic. It was hard for me to maintain the bills by myself so had an eviction. I have been paying back the collection agency a little at a time but still getting denied left to right for a new apartment. Do you suggest anything that I can do so that I can move out?

      • Kali Geldis

        Hi Brianna —

        You may find this article helpful:

        In that article, we run through some of the options you can suggest to a potential landlord when applying for a new apartment. Being honest and upfront about the mark on your credit can be really helpful as well, since it shows a rental company / landlord that you know you’re not an “ideal” tenant, but are willing to work with them. Hope that helps!

    • Deidre

      My lease is up 7-31. And my apartment has went under new ownership since I signed my lease and now I have to reapply for the apartment but I know I want me requirements cause my credit statuses has change what can I do ?

      • Credit Experts

        Deidre —

        Have you spoken with the new owners? If you have paid on time faithfully, you may be anticipating a problem you won’t have. A reliable, paying tenant may be seen as a much better bet than a vacant apartment that is producing no revenue. We’ve also written about the issue of finding a place when your credit is bad: How to Rent With Bad Credit. Good luck to you.

    • Andrew

      I was renting a home that went into foreclosure. I tried to purchase it from the auction by Bank of America outbid me. Since then, they sold the property to Fannie Mae and I have been negotiating with them to try and purchase the home. Needless to say, Fannie Mae is not the easiest organization to deal with and they decided to no longer negotiate with me and have sent me a notice that I have 30 days to vacate or they will file for eviction.

      Here’s my question – at this point, I want to drag this out as long as possible (without hurting my credit) to give me more time to find a new house to purchase and close on so I don’t have to move twice.

      They are going to file for eviction on July 10th. I have been told that i will have 20 days to respond and I am thinking about contesting it… which I will eventually lose.

      Any advice on how far I can drag it out before having something hurt my credit score?

    • Steve Dagati

      I’m currently on a lease where I no longer reside. When I was added to the lease I had to have all the lease holders to sign, unfortunately I didn’t get every signature but the establishment somehow put me onto it. Now I’m facing issues from the remaining lease holder still living there and there’s damage to the downstairs neighbors place. When I went into speak to the office about the lease they are saying that they got all the lease holders to sign and I’m still responsible, adied im confused on who was or wasn’t on this lease. I’m concerned about my credit and am need of advice.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Did you sign the lease? If you did, then in most situations that makes you fully responsible for the debt. I’d suggest you research state landlord tenant laws in your state. You may be able to get help from Legal Aid if needed.

    • mzVee

      I am renting an illegal structure and received a 3day notice to pay or quit, can an eviction be put on my record for one month behind because i withheld rent while looking for another place? Even if it was not from an actual business or rental place?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I assume if they file an eviction with the court then it could affect your credit. But for more specific information I’d encourage you to talk with an attorney.

    • Jeffrey Perry

      I was not evicted and I did not sign a lease and now my old landlord is threatening to ruin my that possible ..

      • Gerri Detweiler

        As much as I’d like to help you’ll need to research state landlord tenant laws to find out whether he can hold still hold you responsible for whatever it is he says you didn’t pay without a written lease. You could also look into whether Legal Aid can help you.

        • Jeffrey Perry

          I have in a text from her stating I didn’t owe anything at all ..she kept my deposit even tho there was no damages

          • Gerri Detweiler

            The only way she can ruin your credit is to turn a balance over to a collection agency. She can’t report anything directly to the credit reporting agencies herself. If there is no balance (and it sounds like you have proof there wasn’t) then you would be well within your right to dispute it if she turns it over to collections. If it ends up on your credit reports you may also have a case for credit damage.

            • Jeffrey Perry

              No mam we told her we was moving on the 10 we were put by the 12 we were paid up til the first of the following month..we didn’t sign a lease we didn’t damage anything we have the reciepts showing we weren’t behind and paid up..she just wrote us on fb threshing to ruin my credit for moving out..and I have all of the statements showing on my fb messenger where she knows I wasn’t behind on bills..

            • Gerri Detweiler

              Keep copies of all your proof. Hopefully she’ll back down when she understands you know your rights.

            • Jeffrey Perry

              Ty..ya I looked up the page u sent and I am so in the right

            • Gerri Detweiler

              You’re welcome!

    • Kelsey

      I am 21 and I live with my mom in a rental apartment. We have lived in this apartment for the past 5 years, so once I turned 18 the leasing office required me to start signing the lease. The apartments are income sensitive, and I know my mom does get living assistance through the state as well. I just found out two days ago that we are up for eviction because my mother has failed to pay the rent for May and June. She didn’t tell me about the eviction and with held my mail from me stating that we were BOTH had to report to court for the eviction. Again, I had no knowledge of this matter because she kept my mail from the courts from me ( I guess to hide the fact that she hasn’t paid the rent and that we were being evicted) and she had made it seem like the rent was being paid. I am on maternity leave with no benefits so I have no income and before I went on maternity leave I was helping her meet her portion of the rent. When we went to court on Tuesday the Judge ruled that the case had been dismissed but our leasing office informed me that it was a mistake on behalf of the attorney who represents our apartments, so they reset the date for court to the 21st of July…My mother has decided to give up the apartment and not pay. My question is how will this affect me? Will my credit and rental opportunities suffer from this even though I am not the person who initially signed the lease but was just an occupant? Is there anything I can or should argue in the courts to help me out? I am most worried about my credit suffering and not being able to rent an apartment on my own in the future, even though none of this is honestly my fault? I am just trying to make sure that since I will have to find other living arrangements for my baby and I, that I will be able to apply for an apartment, car, etc. The manager in the leasing office did tell me that it is a public record and she also suggested that I tell the judge that I was unaware of the situation because my mother withheld information from me. I am in Houston, Texas.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Kelsey – I am sorry to hear the difficulty you are going through. Please contact the
        Texas Consumer Complaint Center immediately for assistance. They should be able to advise you. I hope that helps!

        • Kelsey

          Thank you so much!

    • Vaughn

      I have a friend that entered a lease with her brother on a condo in Chicago, IL. Her brother is unruly. He threatened to break all the windows in her car and broke her door one night because she didn’t allow his dog in her room while he was out drinking at the bar. He’s made her life extremely difficult yet she is the one that put the $2300 deposit down (which she might lose out on because his dog is peeing all over the condo and scratching the doors). He’s nearly 40 and she doesn’t want to put up with it anymore. She desperately would like to get out of the lease; however, when she tried to contact the landlord and discuss renting the place out to someone else stating that they would stay until they found someone else to move in, the landlord keeps ignoring her. She won’t respond and hasn’t called her or anything. Also, when she brought it up to her brother, he refused to leave the condo. He won’t agree to break the lease and refuses to move out. She is considering buying a place, moving out, and just stop paying her portion of the rent. What are the potential legal issues with this and are there any other ways in which she can legally break the lease? She currently has great credit and isn’t too worried about it going down some as most of the items she would need good credit for (house and car) she’d already own. Granted, we might just be looking at the surface which isn’t deep enough. How badly could abandoning the condo affect her score?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I’m sorry to hear what she’s going through. I’d love to help but this is complicated and I would urge her to talk with an attorney. My concern is that if she will likely continue to be responsible for the lease while her brother remains–plus damages, and eviction charges eventually. It could get very expensive for her. (However, if she can afford to buy a place she may want to do that before this ruins her credit scores–which it may.) Here’s a link to
        state landlord tenant laws.

        • Vaughn

          Thank you! I appreciate the advice and the link.

          • Gerri Detweiler

            You’re welcome.

    • Noel

      I had a situation with my prior landland. I had to call cide enforcement to have major things repaired. I was served an eviction I went to court we settled with an amount. I haven’t beginning paying it because I haven’t had the money. Will this apoear or my credit as a property debt or eviction?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It’s hard to say precisely what will appear but if there is a civil judgment that will likely be reported and remain for seven years. Evictions aren’t usually listed on standard credit reports but they can appear on tenant screening reports landlords get.

    • Concerned Business Owner

      I had a business that fell apart with 2 other partners. I was the only one who guaranteed the lease for the office since I have perfect credit. Once the business failed we couldn’t continue to pay the rent for the office. The lease is under the business name, but I personally guaranteed the rent payments. If we get evicted, how will this affect me as the sole guarantor?

    • rudy

      I am about to pay off my eviction to the collection agency , when I do will my credit score go up? and will I be able to rent an apartment again?

    • AM

      My parents have allowed me to reside in one of their extra homes 12 years free of charge. However, recently we had a disagreement and gave me 30-days to vacate. I am aware that they could evict me – my question is how long do I legally have before I should be out completely? Thank you

      • Gerri Detweiler

        You’ll need to check state landlord tenant laws in your state. We’re sorry we don’t have specific information for each jurisdiction.

    • Melissa Rodriguez

      I had an apartment 7 years ago that the damages where never paid. I couldn’t get the roommates to agree to split it when they did all the damages like punching walls, breaking screen doors etc. credit monitoring stated it was just taken off my credit score so my question is will I be able to get an apartment if I didn’t pay the collection agency?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If it is not showing up on your credit reports anymore than it’s not likely to affect your ability to get another place. It’s possible it could show up on a specialty tenant report but if so, you can dispute it as it sounds like it is too old to be reported. Please read:
        The 7 Biggest Questions About Debt Collections & Your Credit

    • Sheaneta Marshall

      how far back can a landlord look into your credit report and if filed under bankruptcy and discharged can they use that as apart of the report in Chicago

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Bankruptcies may be reported for ten years.

        • Sheaneta Marshall

          my was for 7years it show that it was remove this year and is not showing on my report or in the system. so how far can they look in your background

          • Gerri Detweiler

            I assume it was a Chapter 13 then? They are removed after 7 years. If that’s the case and it’s not on your credit reports then you shouldn’t worry about it at this point.

        • Sheaneta Marshall

          my schedule o ‘re went down and now they are back at a 700 and I have rented under good standards for 8 years

        • Sheaneta Marshall

          typo credit score

    • Nicole Conley

      I have a judgment from an apartment I shared with 3 people 6 years ago the original amount was $1621. I called the lawyers office in the court records and they said I have to pay $5000 in full to settle it.

    • Tired and Digusted

      My wife signed a lease with a landlord 4 years ago and the leasing agent made me initial as an occupant. The renewal lease I did not sign anything. She did not draw another lease since 2012. I have not signed anything. We got evicted in June of this year and every time I apply to rent a home the eviction shows up even though I am not tied to the lease whatsoever. What can I do to get this off public record for me.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        You’ll need to consult with a consumer law attorney to find out whether that’s possible. It’s now a matter of public record and it’s not so simple to change that. I’m also not sure if the you were living there when the eviction occurred doesn’t mean you were party to the eviction even if you didn’t sign the lease. You’ll need to ask the attorney to clarify it for you.

    • namaly

      I get unemployment right now. But recently they stopped it because i went to school for two weeks in may. Which i appealed and already talked to a judge. I asked the county for help (emergency assistance) and i qualify as long as the judge activates my unemployment back. ( which i am sure will happen) due to all of this i was late on rent and now have an eviction notice. I go to court on the 30th of July. I am also going to try and get it exspounged. My lease is up August 31st. How will this effect being qualified for a new place. I have two kids and this small set back really worries me.

      • Credit Experts

        As long as it does not get sent to a debt collector, it should not affect your credit. However, some landlords buy specialty reports that are designed for renters. That kind of report could potentially contain information about eviction. Still, it is possible to rent even without good credit. You can read more here:
        How to Rent With Bad Credit

    • clare

      I was on a lease with my ex boyfriend and I was the co head of house hold I had no job when we signed the lease an we were evicted for non payment of rent and now I am receiving letters from a collection agency will I have an eviction on my name also? The apartment was in his name though and when ever they sent us letters it said his name an all other occupants but now I’m getting collection debts in my name.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        When you co sign a lease, you agree to be fully responsible and the collector can try to collect from you. In addition, if there is an eviction it will be against both of you. (It only makes sense – they can’t evict one of you not on the lease and not evict the other, unless you made arrangements to pay and stay.)

        You may want to familiarize yourself with
        state landlord tenant laws and your debt collection rights. Top 10 Debt Collection Rights for Consumers

    • Daven Burns

      If I’m in my last month of payments and already have another place to stay how bad will it affect my credit if I don’t pay my last rent and I been paying on time for over a year and the thing is I’m only going to be there for six days out the last month need help and answers

      • Credit Experts

        Daven —
        It could have a big negative effect if the account is sent to collections and is reported as a collection. While rent is generally not reported, collections are. (And if you are sued, a collection can result in a judgment [an even bigger blemish on your credit], and that can lead to having your wages garnished.)

    • Courtney

      My boyfriend has an eviction on his record and it was not paid back. It has been 7years this month and he says it should be coming off his credit report since it’s been that long. Is that true, even though he never paid the collection agency? We live in California. If this is not true, Will it ever come off if he doesn’t pay it?

    • Gabrielle

      I had been renting a house with my fiance. About 3 months ago we separated, and I told him I would continue to pay half the rent for the next month until he could find somewhere to move. When I talked to the real estate agency, they said the only option I have is to sublease it in order to get out of the lease. However, my problem is that my ex-fiance will not leave. He keeps having excuses for not finding somewhere else. I’ve continued to pay half the rent for the past 3 months (and even one full month once because he didn’t have the money) just so I don’t get an eviction on my history. However, it is seeming that the only way to get him out of the house is to get an eviction. How badly would it hurt my credit if I allowed the eviction, and then paid for the month that wasn’t paid (the rental agency does an eviction after one month of unpaid rent)? Also would I have other fees to pay or just the unpaid rent for the past month?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        He’s left you in a terrible position. You either have to pay his rent to protect his credit or let him continue to take advantage of you and avoid paying the rent. An eviction will not be good. But it sounds like you are backed into a corner here.

        We have a new article on breaking a lease: The Right Way to Get Out of Your Apartment Lease

    • Tiffany

      So l lived in an apartment 5 years ago and was given a 10 day notice for which there is no reason. I left and have paid off the balance in full. Now I am applying for another apartment and the one 5 years ago says I was evicted. I was never served any eviction paper work therefore never legally evicted. Can I legally be denied this new apartment? Live in Missouri please help.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Yes it could hurt you and it’s going to be hard to straighten out at this late date. You can certainly dispute it with the source (reporting agency) that supplied the credit report that says you were evicted. Do so in writing and keep records of your dispute. If that doesn’t fix it you may have to proceed to steps 5 and 6 in this article. In the meantime, be upfront with the new potential landlord. Tell them you have no idea why this is on your report and that you are disputing it.

        Read: A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

    • Ashley

      I tried applying for an apartment and was denied because on my credit is showed i was evicted from another apartment. This is completely false I never lived at the supposed apartment from where i was “evicted”. How is this possible if when i call directly to the apartment there is no record of my social or drivers license in their system to say i lived there? How can someone have an eviction without living at the apartment? I don’t understand, now I cannot rent anywhere else. Need advice.

      • Credit Experts

        Ashley —
        It sounds like a mistake. Have you looked at your credit reports? You can see a free report annually from each of the three major credit reporting agencies at If you find a mistake, which sounds likely, here’s how to dispute it:
        A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

    • Sandra

      I had an eviction and paid all the money due. The eviction was removed from my credit history. How difficult will it be to get a new rental place? Will they still be able to see the eviction?

      • Credit Experts

        Sandra —

        Assuming it is not on your credit report, probably not. However, there are some specialty reports, and it’s possible one would be there. But in general, evictions show up on your credit only if they are sent to collections.

    • 202846

      I had an eviction and paid all the money due. The eviction was removed from my credit history. How difficult will it be to get a new rental place? Will they still be able to see the eviction

      • Kali Geldis

        The eviction may still appear on specialized credit reports that landlords check, though you may be able to pull your own credit reports for free through and provide that to your landlord, avoiding the fear that they’ll pull your record from a specialized credit reporting agency that will show the eviction. Larger complexes and communities likely have a set standard for checking credit that may be hard to get around, whereas an individual property owner may be more likely to accept the free report you pulled yourself.

    • Anthony Haney

      I have a question my wife has developed medical issues. She drove me to work one morning when she returned to our apartments she had a bad migrane head ache closing her eyes laying head on steering wheel she passed out. Next thing she knows there are police and ems workers beating on the window telling her to put her hands where they could see them. They then searched and questioned her for drugs finding nothing but continuing to question and accuse her of being under the influence of something. A few days later the assistant mgr informed her that the actual mgr was demanding a list of her current medications And verification of medical conditions “to rule out drug abuse” she was told there was a rumor in the building that she was using and selling drugs. Such medical proof was provided reluctantly and not returned upon request is it legal for a landlord to demand these personal medical records

    • Neshia

      OK my evictions are 5 years old and I’m trying to get an new apartment. The apartment managers said they only going back in the last year will those old evictions show up?

      • Credit Experts

        It doesn’t sound like it. Why not pull your own credit reports to see? Here’s how to get your free annual credit reports.

    • john

      I don’t have a eviction I don’t think I just have some property damages that got sent to collections is it consider a eviction or what?

      • Credit Experts

        Evictions are not generally included on credit reports except as collections items (if an unpaid bill was left behind). A collection is a serious negative for your credit, and it can dramatically impact your score. While it is not an eviction, it might cause a potential landlord concern. Here are some ideas for renting when you have poor credit: How to Rent With Bad Credit

    • Denise

      What happens if you been evicted and couldn’t get back into the apt to clean it up and owe back rent and court fees.. what can they do??

    • OldMaidWhovian

      Hell, I’m being evicted and I HAVE always paid my rent, for nearly 6 years! I didn’t even break any rules or trash the apartment. I only made noise complaints against an upstairs tenant (who pays her rent in advance as opposed to me simply paying it on time, LOL) Seriously, the landlord only just told me last month that I was a ‘good tenant.”

      Landlords suck. They are weak nouveau riche control freaks, who deserve nothing that they have.

      Sadly, I’m on SSD, have lousy credit (even though the last time I missed a rent payment was in 2007–and I paid everything due in full within 60 days, at the time–only missed the rent payment because I got seriously ill & my doctor wouldn’t give me permission to continue working full time).

      I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I don’t party, I’ve never had any desire to do drugs, not even pot. I don’t work but I do volunteer when I can. I don’t play my stereo loudly (Never had a noise complaint against me), I keep the place tidy & clean regularly. I don’t bug the landlord to fix things, unless it’s truly urgent.

      But hey, I complained about noise waking me up and making my life miserable, and making it impossible for me to concentrate on writing or filling out forms or watching TV. I must be one horrid person to deserve eviction, right.

      On top of that, I have a cat (which I’m so not going to give up–I’d put him to sleep first), and don’t drive a car, so that severely limits where I can live.

      I’m done. I’m 54 with no family, no future and no place to live. All because I called the cops on someone for waking me out of a sound sleep 3 nights in a row. And the landlord would rather evict me in a bullying fit of pique, than find a solution to the issue.

      (it’s over a massive amount of extremely bizarre late night (and morning & afternoon-which I don’t complain about), heavy kitchen chair or table shifting over my head, A noise that not only can I hear, but I can often FEEL in my chest (vibration)….which the tenant is actually blaming her cat for.), that has been going on for over 7 months now. I haven’t even complained about it AT ALL, in at least 4 months, so I don’t know why the retarded landlord seem to think I’m “always” complaining about the noise.

      I give up. I don’t care anymore. This city is a nightmare and I want out anyway, one way or the other. Life as a renter when you’re at the bottom of the economic ladder really isn’t worth it.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Have you tried contacting a housing agency or landlord-tenant advocate? You’ll find more information about state landlord tenant laws here.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Have you checked into state landlord tenant laws?

      • KeenIncite

        I think there’s more to the story than what you’re telling:

        “The first to speak in court sounds right— until the cross-examination begins.” (Proverbs 18:17)

    • Cat

      At my previous apartment, my roommate refused to pay for his share of rent becauae they overcharged us so it came up at a missed payment. I contacted the assistant manager and set up a payment plan that my roommate had said he would help pay. Then as soon as it was time to make the payment, he said he wasn’t paying. In the payment plan, it was said that if one payment was missed, it well turned over to collections. Now that has happened, what should I do now? I planned on finding a new apartment next year and I do not want that apartment collection on my report. I do not believe we were evicted, because I turned in the keys before the eviction date, but it comes up as breaking the lease because we left two weeks before the extended lease end date

      • Gerri Detweiler

        I don’t have a simple answer for you. What happens next depends on what steps the landlord takes next. It may definitely affect your ability to get another apartment–and that damage may already have been done. You may want to try to see what you can work out with the landlord and get it in writing.

    • Danielle Bates

      I have been living in my apartment complex for a little over 7 years and now I’m about to move. I put in an application at another complex. The new complex calls me and said I have an eviction from the apartments I am now living! About 5 years ago I misplaced my money order and had to go to court for the eviction. I had a certain time to pay what I needed to pay, and did. So, I’m not sure why that would even show up. The new complex was confused as well as the people in my current complex. They said I have to wait on the accountant to return in order to get this straitened out. Why would that even be on my record if it were paid in full? And that’s obvious because I still reside here.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If there actually was an eviction, then it will be reported for up to seven years. The fact that you later paid it doesn’t remove that fact unfortunately. Hopefully with some kind of documentation from your current landlord you can still get into this new apartment complex.

    • Valerie Johnson

      A year ago, I “took over” someone else’s lease. I signed some handwritten piece of paper stating that I was taking over the lease, had my ID scanned and that was it. The landlord told me that she did not want to have me sign a contract/lease until I payed off the rest of my deposit. After I did so, she kept giving me excuses as to why she couldnt have me sign one. I was recently evicted due to “nonpayment” (she was pocketing my money). Because I couldn’t afford a lawyer, and didn’t know how it worked, I didn’t know how to go about providing evidence and so I lost. She never had my social security number, can this eviction still go on my record?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Unfortunately it certainly sounds like it. A company doesn’t need your SSN to report.

        Have you considered suing this landlord? Or at least contacting a local housing agency for advice? Here’s info on state landlord tenant laws.

    • Brittany

      I separated from my husband 30 days after moving into our new apartment . I called the landlord and asked to be removed from the lease because I was no longer going to be living there and she refused. Well my husband and the other guy on the lease destroyed the apartment and now we all have to go to court but I haven’t lived there in 7 months. I even had the power taken out of my name when I moved and filed for child support. Idk what to do about this because I am definitely not being forced to pay when I had nothing to do with it. Thank you NC

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Unfortunately Brittany if you signed the lease you were likely responsible even though you split up. However, I’d suggest you research state landlord tenant laws so you understand your rights going into this. You may want to talk with a consumer protection attorney as well.

    • Jessica

      My old landlord brought me to court and we came to an agreement so i was never actually evicted. I applied to another apartment and was told it was on my credit report that i was evicted , not once but twice. and yes we went to court twice but neither time was i actually evicted. is it legal that she filed it on my credit report?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It depends on what’s reported and whether that is accurate. The place where you applied must give you a notice telling you how to get a free copy of your credit report used in the decision. Order it and see what’s ont there. If it is inaccurate, you can dispute it. Read: A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

    • JoeJoe

      I am being evicted due to having dishes in my sink and having plastic bags on my doors as trash bags. How will this affect my credit score?

    • Krystal Dàvila

      I am currently being evicted and given 3 day notice to move out from my apartment because people have complained about my dog. I have the emails in which the apartment manager approved my dog and he is included on the lease. They are claiming people do not feel safe and are executing their right to terminate the lease. I have been applying for houses to rent and the apartment manager is telling the new places that I am breaking my lease however I did not break it they did. How will this effect me and what can i do about it?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It will definitely hurt your credit. I’d suggest you try to get ahold of a housing agency or legal aid to find out your rights. You’ll find more information about researching state landlord tenant laws here.

    • Harold Hafner

      I have a “LEGAL ITEM” under Public Records section of my credit report from an apartment I left in CA. I left of my own free will however they still filed the Legal Item a month after I left. Will this effect me getting an apartment in NV? I put in disputes with the 2 companies reporting the item. Do I have any options other than the big B?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Yes, it could affect your ability to rent elsewhere. By law you have the right to dispute it. However, it’s harder to dispute public record information since it’s a matter of public record with the courts. If you can’t get it removed, you may need to get an attorney involved. Read: A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes

        • Harold Hafner

          Thank You. I did get this removed by all credit bureaus except one that says it’s valid. The item is just over $2500, is it worth the attorney costs to try to get it removed or should I just make an arrangement? If arrangements, who do I talk to: the court or property management?

          • Gerri Detweiler

            You mentioned “legal item” — is it a judgment…? If you are not sure contact the credit reporting agency or court to find out.

    • Ileana

      My boyfriend and I put in an application to rent an apartment and when they told us about his credit they said he had an eviction from some apartment that he never even lived in. The lady said the eviction was from two years ago and at the time he was renting a house, so it really confused us. We believe what might have happened was that his mom used his social security # to rent an apartment under his name(if that’s even possible) but don’t know for sure because he has had no contact with her for years. We don’t know for sure what exactly happened though of why that eviction showed on his credit. Any advice on what he should do to get it off his record?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        You have the right to dispute a mistake on your report, but we’ve heard that getting these kinds of mistakes cleared up can be difficult. We hope that’s not the case with him but he will want to document every single thing he does to try to resolve it. This article explains disputing mistakes on consumer reports. (The landlord should give him the information he needs to contact the consumer reporting agency involved). A Step-By-Step Guide to Disputing Credit Report Mistakes. Let us know how it goes.

    • Trevor Matthew Corbin

      If there was no conviction and it was 6 years ago will the bad rental history fall off my report and allow me to rent again after year 7 elapses?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        Yes it should. Unless there is an unpaid judgment, it should no longer be reported after seven years.

    • Samantha

      I have a apartment on my credit I owe 3000 from when I was 18 in 24 now so 6 years ago is there any way I can get a place to rent with this on there I have been trying but I have had no luck does it ever drop off your credit by any chance?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        How is it listed on your report? Is there a judgment against you or is it listed as a collection account? Most negative information can be reported for seven years.

    • d

      What if I get evicted but pay off my balance before I get a new place? Will it still affect my credit even though I paid it off? Will it affect my chances of getting a new place to rent?

      • Gerri Detweiler

        If the eviction goes through the court then it’s a matter of public record and it will end up on your credit reports. And in that case it will affect your ability to rent another place.

    • john

      Hello, I was evicted for lack of payment in 2009 by a judge in NYC. It was never placed on my credit report and the management company never tried to seek out payment. I am now in the process of applying for apartments after a rough couple of years. What’s the likelihood of this prior eviction affecting my chances of obtaining a lease? Thank you.

      • Gerri Detweiler

        It may still be there since it’s not quite to the 7 year mark yet. Get your free annual credit reports to find out.

        Also, we have an article coming out this week that will be useful to you. It will explain how to check the specialty reports landlords use. (They are different but you can also get free copies from them.)

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