Numerous websites, including HotPads.com, oodle.com and craigslist.org, allow property managers, real estate agents or landlords to place rental listings for free. In some locations, local websites, student housing sites or military housing sites may allow free classified ads as well.
Before placing a free ad for rental housing on a website, create an account with that website and read the site's terms and conditions. Most websites feature easy-to-use tools that walk users through the process of creating and posting ads. On Craigslist, for example, log in, click on "post to classifieds," and select the city and type of ad. Enter a headline and the text of the ad on the next page, and attach photos if applicable. Posters should check their email for confirmation after submitting classified ads online. Confirmation emails may include additional instructions, such as clicking a link to activate the ad.
When composing a rental house ad, be sure to include as much relevant information as possible. A clear, detailed ad ensures that those who respond are truly interested in the property. About.com recommends including the number of bedrooms and bathrooms; the square footage; the rent, fees, deposit and utility information; the date the property is available; the lease terms and screening process; the location; and a color photograph along with complete contact information.