If you know you’re going to be evicted, it can be beneficial to move before the formal process begins.
“It makes it really hard to rent again if you have an eviction on your record,” Nick Mertens says. If you’re behind on payments and know you can’t catch up, a better option may be to strike a deal with the landlord or property management firm. They may be willing to drop the eviction proceedings if you agree to move out voluntarily and leave the unit in good condition.
However, if a formal eviction does take place, the best way to find housing later is to be honest about your previous situation. Most landlords will discover the eviction when conducting their background checks so it’s best to share that information before they find it themselves.