What Is the Easiest Way to Look for a House to Rent?


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The easiest way to look for a house to rent is to search Craigslist's online classified listings. Searches on Craigslist can be easily narrowed by local area as well as by type of housing wanted and many other criteria.

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To look for a house by local area, it is necessary to go to one of Craigslist's numerous local sites. These are offered for all 50 US states, the US territories, and the Canadian provinces, as well as for most other major countries worldwide, according to Craigslist.

Individual listings of houses for rent usually contain many details about the housing rental, including photos, contact information, availability date, rental fees and security deposits. Most listings contain a phone number and e-mail address for the owner or rental agent.

From a Craigslist local site, the search for a rental house begins on the home page. Under the "housing" category, "apts/houses" should be selected. When a page delivering all of the local rental listings comes up, other search choices can be made through a series of check boxes on the left-hand side. Houses for rent can be found by checking the box for "housing type" and then selecting "house." Search criteria can be entered in a similar way for price range, neighborhood, square footage, number of bedrooms, dogs okay, and cats okay, for example. When a second and more granular search is performed, houses will come up that meet only the specified criteria.

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