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Can I have someone whose credit is better than mine co-sign my lease?

This is a good option if your credit is poor and you have a relative or good friend who is willing to go to bat for you. Some landlords will consider a guarantor--that is, somebody who co-signs your lease and agrees to pay your rent if you don't--if they think you are a desirable tenant in other ways. However, keep in mind that out-of-state co-signers are useless to landlords, as they have no legal recourse should you abandon the property or fail to pay rent. So don't ask your father in Massachusetts !! to co-sign! It would be better to find a financially established person or friend in the State you are seeking to lease.

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