However, even if you are staying in the Bates Motel, be sure to take good care of your property. What I'd suggest is you wrote down the phone numbers of every place you called because some renters own numerous properties, thus a list will keep you from wasting your time with repeat rejections. If any of these leads are no longer valid, please contact me immediately so we can remain current for others in need. This applies to those on SSI, the rules to those drawing from the lifetime earnings fall under different rules. You may be expected to pay an application fee. It is better to be up-front about asking if prospective landlords rent to registered citizens than to lie to get in only to be ousted later. Keep in mind also that there is always the chance that the feds will swing by for compliance checks; under the controversial Adam Walsh Act, the US Marshals have been given jurisdiction in compliance checks I question the constitutionality of that provision. Landlords these days may also do credit checks and eviction checks. I'd also suggest you improve your credit rating. You can contact Social Security for specific rules on property and savings issues. A five minute call may save you a lot more headache during your house hunt later. I do maintain a separate list for those who wish to stay offline, so contact me to see if I have housing in your area even if your state isn't listed below. Please also note that just because I don't have a state listed, a housing option does not exist in your state.