Bad credit, bad job, need an apartment
Hi, everyone. I'm a bit clueless here on the whole apartment situation, and I was hoping that someone here can help me out.
I'm a 19-year-old female. When I was 18, I moved into an apartment with this crazy bipolar chick. The landlord owned this apt. above his restaurant and rented it out to us. I paid all of my rent on time, but she didn't put me on the lease when I moved in. However, she skipped out on over four months' rent and left town, so I moved back with my parents. So maybe me not being on the lease was for the best.
Fast-foward. Now I've moved to another state, and moved in with a guy my age, and we are in a relationship. He lives...actually, lived...with this friend in an apartment complex. The roommate was messy, filthy, dirty, disgusting, and had a cat that was equally so. He had friends basically live there and mess the place up more. Finally, with the help of his mom, I convinced Matt my boyfriend that we should move out of the place, and move in temporarily with his mom. And so in August, we packed up our things and left. Matt borrowed money from a family friend to continue paying rent there, and now he's pretty much boggled down in debt.
Okay, so the stress got to me. Matt's mom is a perfectionist, and she wants everything a certain way. That meant a lot of pressure from me, who is slightly clumsy and is normal in cleanliness. She wanted SUPER-CLEAN. Matt didn't think that I was doing enough, and I hated my job, and I felt like I was going nowhere in life, and so the arguments began between Matt and I, with me starting most of them. Recently we broke up, and he asked me to leave his parents' house. Two days later, his mom sat me down and told me that I wasn't performing up to her standard, and that I would have to leave. (Of course, she didn't know that Matt had already told me to leave.)
So now I'm basically clueless about apartments. I have a job that pays 6.75 an hour, maybe 15 hours a week on average. I've applied to just about every available place I've come across, and I expect that hopefully I'll get a new job soon. Matt's mom is giving me a week to leave, but I'm somewhat disregarding that because that is impossible. The thing is, I want to stay in this city, because apartments are cheaper than in my home state, and I harbor no bad feelings towards Matt or his mom and don't mind staying here and still being friends with them.
I don't know if it would be easier for me to find a person with a room available or an apartment of my own. Roommates seems like the cheaper option, but I don't know what the standard is, if a lease is usually signed, if I have to submit an application. And what do they look for in a application? Are they going to do a background sheck, a credit check? I have a misdemeanor charge from last year that I already paid and a couple of traffic tickets that are unpaid, but that's about it for my rap sheet. Credit's another story. When I was 18 I got a credit card, and I only spent my money on three things, all of them under $20. Because that went unpaid for so long (I was living in that first apartment and only had money for rent and food) I now owe hundreds of dollars. I also owe $40 to a video store, and over $700 to my old community college (I dropped out and asked my parents to use the tax return they received for claiming me to pay it off, but it "magically" didn't happen).
I moved to this new city to try and get a good job, go to school, and pay off my debts, but in light of this new situation, I have to put all that on hold. I'm just looking for suggestions as to the best route to go. Thanks.