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A reader recently asked us for advice on renting for freelancers or self-employed applicants. This renter group represents quite a few folks in the D.C. Metro area. And while it may be a bit trickier when initially approaching landlords, with a little preparation, you should be able to rent a perfect place.
Ability to pay is certainly the top concern for a landlord looking to rent out their property. As a freelancer, you have to be able to prove that you still have a steady stream of income or enough savings to cover your rent in the event work slows down.
When you start your rental search, be ready to show proof of income in the form of tax returns. Good credit and rental history are important in this instance as well. Ask your current or past landlord for a reference to show you kept their property in good condition and you paid your rent on time.
Are you able to offer a larger security deposit? In Virginia, the landlord can request up to two months’ rent as a deposit. That may be enough to put a new landlord at ease if your credit and rental history are good, but maybe your income isn’t regular.
Fair Housing doesn’t cover employment, so unfortunately, landlords can deny you. Private landlords may be more likely to work with you. An agent may know of specific landlords that are more friendly to non-traditional renters, so it might be helpful to contact an agent.
Right now, the rental market is shifting in favor of the renter, so you may have more negotiating power now than you have in the past.
Other options are to get someone to co-sign for the apartment. Or you could try a roommate if none of the other tips work in your favor.
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The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of ARLnow.com.
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The Arlington-Aachen High School exchange is returning this summer and currently accepting applicants.
The sister-city partnership started in 1993 by the Arlington Sister Cities Association, which seeks to promote Arlington’s international profile through a variety of exchanges in education, commerce, culture and the arts. The exchange, scheduled June 17th to July 4th, includes a two-week homestay in Aachen plus three days in Berlin. Knowledge of the German language is not required for the trip.
Former participants have this to say:
_”The Aachen exchange was an eye-opening experience where I was fully immersed in the life of a German student. I loved biking through the countryside to Belgium, having gelato and picnics in the town square, and hanging out with my German host student’s friends. My first time out of the country, the Aachen exchange taught me to keep an open mind, because you never know what could be a life changing experience.” – Kelly M._
Learn about the new assessment of Arlington’s urban tree canopy and the many ecological and social benefits trees provide. Staff from the Green Infrastructure Center (GIC) will share study results and compare canopy cover for different areas of Arlington.The webinar will include assessments of ecosystem services such as stormwater mitigation, air quality, carbon uptake, and urban heat islands. For background on Arlington trees see the “Tree Benefits: Growing Arlington’s Urban Forest” presentation at http://www.gicinc.org/PDFs/Presentation_TreeBenefits_Arlington.pdf.
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About the Arlington County Civic Federation: The Arlington County Civic Federation (“ACCF”) is a not-for-profit corporation which provides a forum for civic groups to discuss, debate, inform, advocate and provide oversight on important community issues, on a non-partisan basis. Its members include over ninety civic groups representing a broad cross-section of the community. Communications, resolutions and feedback are regularly provided to the Arlington County Government.
The next meeting is on Tuesday, February 21,2023 at 7 pm. This meeting is open to the public and will be hybrid, in-person and virtually through Zoom. Part of the agenda will be a discussion and vote on a resolution “To Restore Public Confidence in Arlington County’s Governance”. For more information on ACCF and this meeting, go to https://www.civfed.org/.
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