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Old Oct 23rd 2011, 3:43 pm
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HI,

My husband and I are due to arrive in San Diego on 14 Nov (3 weeks eek!). We're booked into a hotel for 2 weeks and want to use that time to find and rent an apartment. We've been advised that he won;t get his SSN until about 10 days after arrival, how does this go when renting an apartment as most applications I have seen ask for this?

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HI,

My husband and I are due to arrive in San Diego on 14 Nov (3 weeks eek!). We're booked into a hotel for 2 weeks and want to use that time to find and rent an apartment. We've been advised that he won;t get his SSN until about 10 days after arrival, how does this go when renting an apartment as most applications I have seen ask for this?

Thanks in advance!
AIUI they ask for an SSN to run a credit check on you, and as you won't have a US credit history yet that obviously would be moot. Generally in these cases you'll give your (husband's I guess) employer as a reference to confirm salary etc.
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Hubby and I moved to San Diego some 10 years ago. We came over a month before I actually started my new job to look for an apartment.

Since we had no credit history in the US and no SSN, we provided employer and salary details I believe. I think my employer wrote a letter confirming my job and salary.

In our case we paid first month and last month rental plus security deposit - probably because we were new to the country. It might be different now.
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Don't apply for the SSN till you've been in the country for 10 days or you'll delay things.

SSN won't help anyway, it's the credit check, it'll come up empty. Offer a larger deposit, have a letter from employer, provide references from the UK, all that kind of guff.

You'll more than likely be required to pay upfront the first/last and then anything from 1-3 months worth of rent in a security deposit anyway as standard.
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Thanks for the replies. We are bringing over as much paperwork as we can to show as references/credit checks etc. It's now becoming scarily soon!
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