Raleigh’s growth rate is practically off the charts, giving indication that there are thousands of people—like yourself—who are taking a look at North Carolina’s second biggest city and thinking the same thing: I think I’ll move there. But if you’re a newcomer to the world of renting apartments and you have no credit history to speak of, you may find yourself coming up against the hard reality that no credit is bad credit.
Although there are steps you can take in anticipation of your move (like building credit by taking out a small loan and making timely payments) the first time renter’s best bet is to look for Raleigh rentals that are privately owned. You’d be surprised at the number of rules that property owners will overlook when they’re not run by a board of directors or have corporation status, and one of these rules is the dreaded credit background check. A private renter who’s eager to get an empty property filled is a lot less likely to pull credit on you, and even if they do, and they discover you have no credit history, their position will give them the option of taking you on as a tenant.