How easy is it to find felon friendly apartments in Phoenix? Unlike more felon-friendly states, Arizona doesn’t limit how far background checks can go, so your record is always available to any landlord who cares to look.
If you apply to popular apartment complexes in Phoenix, you’ll often be rejected because of their strict tenant acceptance policies.
But if you look for private landlords, apartment finders, and reentry services, you’ll have a much better chance of success.
Looking For Felon Friendly Apartments In Phoenix 2023? Start Here
We’ve discovered several felon-friendly apartments and landlords in Phoenix you can check out. There’s no guarantee they’ll have vacancies, but you’ll be able to find out with a quick phone call.
Bellridge Apartments N 7th Street & BellRoad (North Phoenix)
Located in the Paradise Valley school district and close to shopping, dining, and public transportation, Bellridge offers 1 & 2-bedroom apartments.
- Apartment Address: 844 E Bell Road, Phoenix, Arizona, 85022.
- Call for availability or to schedule a tour: at 602-971-3506.
San Martin Apartments
This felony-friendly apartment tip comes from a former Phoenix shelter worker. They frequently sent their shelter residents with felony convictions to the San Martin Apartments.
These 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments are in Glendale, which is a 25-minute drive from downtown Phoenix.
- Apartment Address: 6802 N 67th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301.
- Call for availability: 1-623-939-8442
- Website: https://www.sanmartinapts.com/
Service Star Realty
Service Star Realty rents single-family homes and condos rather than apartments. You can’t be a registered sex offender or have a felony conviction, guilty plea, or no contest plea within the last 7 years for:
- Child molestation
- Delivery or sale of illegal drugs
- Destruction of property
- Domestic violence
- Identity theft
- Manufacture of Illegal Drugs
- Possession with intent to deliver
- Reckless burning
Service Star Realty offers rentals in Phoenix and the surrounding areas including, Mesa, Tempe, Glendale, and Scottsdale.
Visit their website at: https://www.leaseaz.com/ to view their current rentals.
Use An Apartment Finder
Phoenix has some great apartment finder services that help you find an apartment quickly, saving you weeks or months of searching.
Valley King Properties
The agents at Valley King will search through the 2,500 apartment communities in their database and find landlords willing to work with you. There’s a $15 background check fee per applicant, otherwise, the service is free.
Visit https://valleyking.com/ to begin your search.
Second Chance Apartment Finders
Second Chance Apartment Finders will search their apartment listings in Phoenix and surrounding areas to find landlords willing to accept your background.
Visit https://secondchanceapartments.com/cities/phoenix/ and fill out the contact form.
Prestige Realty in Phoenix offers a second-chance apartment finder service. Whether you’re looking for an apartment in Phoenix or felon friendly apartments in Mesa AZ and other nearby areas, Prestige Realty may have the perfect rental for you.
You’ll need to fill out an information sheet and provide details of your offense along with information about your employment, income, credit score, and rental history.
If their agents can help you, they’ll run a background check ($20 per person) to confirm your information, then work with you to find suitable apartment rentals that fit your needs.
Visit https://mynextapartment.com/ and click on the survey sheet button to get started.
Find Private Landlords On Craigslist Phoenix
Another way to find felony friendly apartments in Phoenix is by searching for rentals on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace. Both sites feature rental listings from the surrounding areas, making it easy to search for felon friendly housing in Mesa AZ if you’re looking for a city with a more suburban feel.
You’ll find private landlords with apartments, condos, and single-family homes for rent, as well as listings for long-stay motels, and renters offering sublets or looking for roommates.
These sites also give you the opportunity to place an apartment or room wanted ad. Compose a brief listing specifying your need for a felon-friendly rental (mention the offense) your price range, preferred areas, and the number of bedrooms.
Then publish your ad with a descriptive title like “Felony Friendly Apartments Phoenix Wanted”.
On Craigslist, you can repost your ad once every 48 hours to keep it visible.
Craigslist Phoenix: https://phoenix.craigslist.org/
Facebook Marketplace Phoenix: Log in to your Facebook app and choose Marketplace from the menu to access the classified ads.
Are all the landlords felon-friendly?
You’ll find a mixture of landlords. Some won’t run background checks, some won’t rent to felons at all, while others will have a different approach.
The key to finding apartments in Phoenix that rent to felons through these sites is persistence and preparation.
Be methodical. Contact every rental in your price range and ask about their application process. When a background check is required, disclose your felony before you apply. It’s better to get turned down before you pay application fees.
New listings are posted every day, so keep checking the websites.
Make sure you’re ready to make a good impression. Prepare a packet for the landlord with copies of your paystubs and recent bank statements; your character references; a cover letter, and your contact details.
Who can provide character references?
Is anyone prepared to vouch for you? Your current and former employers, probation officer, rehab counselor, former landlords, former neighbors, community leaders, reentry counselors, etc.
What should your cover letter say?
Your cover letter needs to focus on your positives.
- A highlight from your employment history. Something that shows you’re reliable and conscientious.
- Rental history highlights. Perhaps you’ve had a lengthy tenancy with a former landlord, or have no history of evictions.
- Share your hobbies, and how you like to spend your free time.
- Note that you’re a good tenant and considerate neighbor.
- Mention why you’re interested in the rental. Local schools, close to work, quiet neighborhood, community character, etc. Reassure the landlord you’ll fit in.
Other Housing For Felons In Arizona
If you’re on probation or newly released on parole, you should get housing advice from a Phoenix reentry service.
Reentry counselors will know some landlords renting apartments to felons in Phoenix, or rooms in shared houses. They’ll also help you with an application for public housing and can connect you with employment, training, counseling, and support resources.
To find reentry resources in Phoenix and the surrounding area, search online, call the United Way helpline on 2-1-1 (free call 24 hours a day), or visit the ACLU Arizona Formerly Incarcerated page at https://www.acluaz.org/en/formerly-incarcerated.
Finding housing that accepts felons in Phoenix will take some effort, but if you’re persistent, you’ll find a place to live.
- Check the apartments and apartment finders listed in this article to see if they can offer you a rental.
- Search for private landlords in the classified ad listings on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace.
- Place an apartment wanted ad.
- Contact reentry services in Phoenix.
- If possible, expand your search beyond Phoenix and look for housing for felons in Arizona.
Charles Greg is the Co-Founder, Author, & Head Developer behind RentingtoFelons.org
With a lifelong passion for humanity.