An individual with a felony record can increase his chances of securing an apartment in the area by focusing on single-occupancy houses with private landlords as opposed to multiplexes or apartments run by property management companies, according to SFGate. Private landlords are sometimes more flexible than property management companies.

A person with a felony record can also speak with a parole officer, counselor or lawyer to see if there are any agencies that help individuals with felony records find housing, according to SFGate. Friends and family can also serve as resources. These individuals may have personal relationships with landlords in the area and act as references for a person with a felony record.

An individual with a felony record should be direct and honest about his past when approaching potential landlords, according to SFGate. The person should focus on making a good first impression to put the landlord at ease before fully explaining his record. Any facts and details shared should match up with those that a landlord may discover from a background check.

Once an individual secures an apartment, he should be sure to sign a lease, notes SFGate. Signing a lease is a form of protection that keeps the person from being taken advantage of by rent increases that might occur before the end of a standard lease.