1. You’re New to the Area
Being a long way from home, it can take a while before you really get to know the area.
Which neighborhoods are the safest? Which areas are most convenient (e.g. for the commute to work, shopping, school, etc.)? Rather than rushing to any decisions, staying in a weekly hotel can give you time to plan out the best possible living situation for you.
2. You Only Need to Move Temporarily
You may be a business traveler who is temporarily relocating for work, or you’re just scoping out a new area to see if you like it.
Your stay may not be long enough to find an apartment to lease or a house to rent, and it may not be short enough to book a hotel. Extended-stay hotels offer a flexible and cost-effective solution for people who only need to move somewhere temporarily.
3. You Can’t Afford Expensive Moving Costs
Moving into an apartment can be expensive.
Even if you can find affordable housing, you still might have to find the funds to pay for the up-front costs, like a high-security deposit, the first month’s rent, and non-refundable application and administration fees—don’t you just love that whole “administration fee” nonsense that many apartment complexes charge?
4. You Have an Eviction on Your Credit History
Not having all of the cash upfronts is a hurdle in itself. But there can be an even bigger one: Many people do not know that it can be extremely difficult to get approved for an apartment if you have an eviction on your credit history.
Evictions stay on your credit history for seven years, and any time another apartment complex pulls your application, they will be able to see that negative mark.
Most complexes will flat out refuse to rent to you because, as far as they are concerned, you did not pay your rent to a previous landlord, so there is a high risk that you might do the same thing to them.
Even if you’ve learned your lesson after being evicted—and you swear you’ll never let it happen to you again—unfortunately, you now have bad credit. You’ll just have to roll with the punches.
Luckily, there are housing alternatives for people with an eviction on their credit, including looking for affordable extended-stay hotels and motels that charge weekly or monthly.
5. You Have a Criminal History
Another reason you may not be able to get an apartment is if you have a criminal background. Many apartment complexes will check your criminal history. If you have a negative mark against you, the complex might refuse to rent to you.
We all know that the justice system is supposed to rehabilitate those who have committed a crime, but most of us also know that the justice system’s rehabilitation process does not work that well.
You cannot really blame an apartment complex for refusing to rent to you if you have a criminal background, but you still need to be able to find safe and decent housing.