Resources & Advice for Renting a Property

For some, renting is their best option at the moment in light of their situation and the housing market in their area. While many choose to rent for poor reasons, like culture, without running the numbers first or being aware of their options to boost their credit scores for free or buy a home without a down payment, others have completely legitimate reasons for renting and it is wise for them to do so. I go over some of the possibilities on my Rent or Buy section, and include a calculator here on the subject.

 

If you are looking for a short term rental OR step by step instructions that can apply to a long term rental, click on my section for short term rentals here.  That includes Determinations Prior to Beginning Your Search, Locating a Rental, Crime, Furnishing, & Self-Storage. 

If you're looking for commercial property to rent, here's a list of locations to look in.

 

For those where renting is their best bet, credit is still a big factor. This article goes into that more.

While 90+% of listings for sale are online on MLS, a much smaller number (maybe 60%) of renter listings are on MLS.

Here are some links we have used to help people find rentals in the past.

https://www.airbnb.com/ (includes reviews)

http://www.apartmentratings.com/ (includes reviews)
ForRent.com

www.craigslist.com

www.Facebook.com 

www.hotpads.com

http://www.listingsinwilliamsburgva.com/

www.realtor.com

https://www.rentcafe.com/apartments-for-rent-near-me/

www.trulia.com

Zumper.com

www.zillow.com

One matter to note when dealing with any landlords directly, which is much more common when considering properties not on MLS, is that it is more important than usual to make sure that everything is documented. For instance, someone in my family had their security deposit taken because they were dealing with a private landlord who did not have as much of a reputation to uphold as a rental company. Because they did not take pictures of their space prior to going there, they had less recourse to win a small claims battle over the security deposit despite the fact that they left the space the way that they found it.

There are also a number of questions to ask landlords & property managers prior to submitting an application. 

If you'd like help from me personally regarding renting in southeast VA, click here for my fees & further details.