Renting a property in San Francisco
While some real estate companies specialise in rentals, the best place to start looking and getting a feeling of the rental market is on Craigslist. You will have the opportunity to browse listings for apartments, sublets, roommate situations etc.
However, in order to start browsing, you should already have narrowed down choices by answering the following questions:
- Do you want to live alone or with roommates?
- Which neighbourhood do you want to live in?
- What is your budget?
- What amenities do you absolutely need?
- Are you going to use public transportations or are you relying on your car?
- Fill out a rental application which generally requests information about yourself (ie, name, past and present employment, previous housing, references, income);
- Pay a credit report fee for the landlord to verify the information you provided in your rental application;
- The landlord will get back to you within a couple of days and let you know if he has selected your application. If he did, then be prepared to sign a one year lease and pay a security deposit that will amount to a maximum of two months' rent (three months in the case of a furnished apartment). Most of the time, the rent covers water and garbage but this is not mandatory so don’t forget to ask.