Finding felon friendly apartments in Salt Lake City isn’t easy. With the rapid gentrification of Salt Lake City and the influx of new residents (Utah is the fastest-growing state) rents are up and landlords can afford to be picky.
But don’t despair, we’ve got some apartment-hunting tips to help you find felon friendly housing in Salt Lake City and Utah.
How to Find Felon Friendly Apartments Salt Lake City 2023
Our first tip for finding apartments in Salt Lake City is to join the Felon Friendly Housing In Utah Facebook group.
This private Facebook group has over 9,000 members. You’ll be able to ask for recommendations on felon-friendly housing in Salt Lake City and browse previous discussions to find housing leads.
Felon Friendly Housing In Utah Facebook Group
Our second tip for finding apartments that rent to felons in Salt Lake City is for felons with older offenses on their record.
Maxx Properties In Salt Lake City
Maxx Properties manages two rental communities in Salt Lake City. The Eight20 Apartments, and the Cobble Creek Apartments.
You’ll need to pass a background check, but on the Maxx Properties website, you’ll find a helpful list of felony offenses and their disqualification periods.
See the full screening criteria list at: https://www.maxxproperties.com/ut/salt-lake-city/eight20-apartments/termsandconditions.aspx
The shortest disqualification period is 3 years, other offenses won’t be eligible for 5 or 7 years. The only permanently disqualifying offenses are:
- sex offenses
- manufacture or distribution of a controlled substance
Cobble Creek Apartments
Address: 5251 S Cobble Creek Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84117
Phone: (855) 327-8486
Address: 820 W Timbercreek Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone: (855) 327-8625
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Use A Reentry Service
Reentry services help felons and other returning citizens get back on their feet after incarceration. Because reentry case managers work with felons every day, they’ll know which landlords are likely to approve your application.
To find reentry services in Utah, contact the United Way helpline on 2-1-1 and ask for a list of reentry providers in your area.
You can also go through the reentry resources for Utah listed by the Probation Information Network. Contact each provider on the list and ask if they can help you find felon-friendly housing.
One reentry service not listed on the Probation Information Network is Cottages of Hope in Ogden. So if you need help with leads on felon friendly apartments Ogden Utah, get in touch.
Contact Catholic Charities
The Catholic Church provides support to people experiencing homelessness. If you’re currently homeless or expect to be homeless soon because of your felony, visit the Weigand Resource Center.
The Weigand Resource Center is a day shelter in Salt Lake City, which serves as a delivery point for multiple services, including help with benefit and medical care enrolment, housing, food, hygiene, clothing, and employment.
The center is open daily from 7:am to 7:pm except for holidays. You don’t need an appointment. Advisors at the center will be able to give you information about felon-friendly landlords in the area.
Address: 437 W 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.
Look For Independent Landlords In Salt Lake City
The majority of rental communities run by property management companies have strict tenant acceptance policies. Because of your felony, it’s a better idea to apply for rentals owned by independent landlords.
These landlords often have more flexible tenant screening policies and are more willing to consider your circumstances. Independent landlords advertise their rentals on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, and Zillow.
Craigslist Salt Lake City
Craigslist is a simple, classified ads website. When you visit Craigslist, look under the housing section to see listings for apartments, single-family homes, sublets, room shares, and long-stay motels.
Felons often have better luck renting single-family homes than apartments, so don’t limit your search to apartments. Single-family homes can have lower rents too.
Use the filters to specify your search area, price range, and other requirements. Depending on the listing, you’ll need to use the built-in messaging system to contact landlords, or you’ll be shown an email address or phone number.
Facebook Marketplace Salt Lake City
Facebook Marketplace is another great source of rentals posted by small-time landlords.
To see the rental listings, you’ll need to sign up for a Facebook account if you don’t already have one. Once you’re registered, select Marketplace from the menu, then select Rentals.
Contact landlords through the messaging system, or call directly if they’ve included contact details.
Zillow Salt Lake City
Zillow is a real estate and rental listing website where you can search for felon-friendly apartments in Utah, and apartments that rent to felons in Salt Lake City.
The main benefit of Zillow for felons is the 30-day background check they offer. Once you pay the $35 fee for a Zillow background check, you’re free to apply for an unlimited number of participating rentals for 30 days.
This lets you apply for multiple rentals without paying multiple fees.
To check the Salt Lake City rental listings on Zillow go to https://www.zillow.com/homes/for_rent/ and enter your search area.
If you don’t mind living outside of Salt Lake City, extend your search across Utah. To look further afield, enter different locations in the search bar.
For instance, if you want apartment in Ogden Utah, which is just 35 minutes north of Salt Lake City, enter Ogden Utah, in the search bar. Likewise, for Provo or Brigham City.
Apply to all the participating rentals in your price range and check twice a day for new listings.
Join the Felon Friendly Housing In Utah Facebook group for leads.
Contact reentry organizations for lists of felon-friendly housing in Salt Lake City and case management services if you aren’t equipped for independent living yet.
Look for small, independent landlords using the resources we’ve suggested above.
Visit the Weigand Resources day shelter to connect with an advisor.
Charles Greg is the Co-Founder, Author, & Head Developer behind RentingtoFelons.org
With a lifelong passion for humanity.