Renting can be a great option, especially if you’re looking for short-term flexibility and affordability.
The rental process
Explore these four steps of the rental process to find an apartment or house to call home.
Before you begin, consider where you want to live, what you can afford, and what information you’ll need to apply.
Search online for rental properties that meet your needs — you can also ask friends or check with an agent or broker.
When you find a place, you’ll need to complete a rental application and pay any associated fees.
Did you know?
MAKE RENT COUNT
Your rent payments can help you get a home loan
A consistent record of paying rent can help first-time buyers qualify for a home mortgage, even with a limited credit history.Learn more
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Helpful resources and tools for renters
Explore tools for more informed renting and homebuying decisions.
Talk to a Housing Counselor
If you’re experiencing financial hardship or the aftermath of disaster, talk to a housing counselor. They can help you create a plan and learn about your options.
Understanding your lease
Use this checklist to understand the terms and conditions of your lease and what they mean for you.
What should renters do after a disaster?
Keep this checklist handy, so if disaster strikes, you'll know who to call first and how a housing counselor can help you.