Searching for a rental apartment might be stressful, but luckily we have so many online resources available. These online rental platforms are for anyone – no matter where you live or what your level of experience is.
Here are the best rental websites that offer a wide variety of tools, filters, and intel that will make your search a smoother (and more fun, we swear!) journey.
Zillow boasts the most listings and data of any real estate site, and it even has an algorithm that adapts to a user’s tastes and interests using browser history. While you may use Zillow to rent, purchase, or sell a home, I preferred it for house hunting because it provides relevant information about single-family homes. Furthermore, the Zestimate tool allows you to simply compare rentals so you can determine what type of deal you are getting.
Trulia, another pioneer in online real estate, was acquired by Zillow in 2014. Trulia’s buyer and renter guides make it possible to rent or buy a house. Trulia has a distinguishing feature: connections with crime-mapping programs, such as SpotCrime.com and CrimeReports.com. Trulia also launched a new service in 2018 to help members of the LGBTQ+ community navigate potentially discriminatory housing legislation.
Realtor.com is one of the most reputable rental websites around. It’s operated by the National Association of Realtors, and only accepts listings from owners and property managers. Realtor includes a plethora of filters that allow you to narrow down what you’re searching for in terms of cost, neighborhoods, and amenities. It also provides a wealth of information about various neighborhoods, such as school data and price comparisons through a listing page.
Craigslist, the classic online classified ads resource, isn’t exclusively for rentals, but it’s where I found four of the five homes I rented in California. You can get fantastic bargains here since landlords post directly on Craigslist, avoiding broker costs. Many landlords avoid the larger rental sites like Zillow and Zumper in favor of Craigslist, which means you might unearth hidden gems you might not have found otherwise.
Craigslist, on the other hand, isn’t as strict about vetting postings, so you have to be cautious about who you contact. In my experience, if it seems too good to be true, be careful – and if the photographs of the flat appear to be lifted from another rental site, the posting is most likely a fake. My general guidelines are as follows: the listing must include images and an address, and the description must be professional.
It’s difficult to find an apartment in the city, especially in New York, where the market is extremely competitive and prices are sky-high. StreetEasy, which allows users to rent and sell properties, is ideal for New Yorkers who have specific requirements. You may search for no-fee apartments, trending homes, perks you can’t live without, and so much more.
Nooklyn is yet another excellent resource in New York City. While the company is a full-service brokerage, its website serves as a sort of neighborhood resource, offering apartments for rent, rooms for rent, new residential complexes, and even job opportunities. Users can use Nooklyn to find a new home to live in or to advertise their available sublets and other services.
RadPad is a rental marketplace software that collects apartment listings in places ranging from San Diego to Washington, D.C. The software, available for both iPhone and Android, allows users to map the distance between a new listing and their present residence and includes filters such as lease period and “I need a roommate.” Users can connect their RadPad accounts to Facebook to check which of their Facebook friends are also looking for a new apartment or roommate.
Facebook Groups are another resource for finding rental houses. (There’s also Facebook Marketplace, but the listings are rather restricted, and you’re unlikely to discover anything that you couldn’t find on more established rental sites.) To get the most out of Facebook Groups, look for groups that cover rentals in the area you wish to move to. (For example, Los Angeles LA – Housing, Rentals, Apartments, Rooms, Sublets.) You can communicate directly with people who are subletting their rooms, renting out their homes, or looking for a roommate in these communities.