Having a criminal record can really impact your life. It does not matter why you have a record or how long you have had it for, it can really set you back and, as a result, you may find it difficult to secure an apartment. This is because many landlords perform screening checks on their potential tenants before they sign the lease. This allows them to see if they have any negative history with previous landlords and it also helps them to find out whether or not they have a criminal record. If this is the case, your landlord may not want you to live on their property. This is especially the case if your criminal record is related to vandalism or property damage.
If your criminal record is related to finance, this can also set off warning signals to your landlord, because they may not trust you enough in terms of paying rent. All this can add up and it can become a real problem for you, not to mention that you may be kept under a closer watch by the landlord when compared to other tenants.
You will also find that a criminal record may also affect your lease. The landlord may want to lay down extra terms and conditions if you do stay in the property, so they can cover themselves in the event of a dispute. Even if the record was from decades ago, some landlords will still consider it as a threat.
By getting your criminal record erased, you can avoid all this as well as getting a fresh start in life. You won’t need to worry about screening checks and you won’t need to worry about getting rejected from a property just because of your criminal record.