At some point in our lives, most of us will find ourselves in a situation where we need to find temporary housing. Work-related reasons for needing short-term rentals range from being between jobs to unexpectedly losing a job. Sometimes personal, or life events like a sudden breakup or divorce or maybe combining households can require us to scramble for temporary housing.
Most recently, Mother Nature has caused some serious trouble for families who were forced to vacate their homes suddenly. For many, homes were damaged due to flooding in the Southern and Eastern regions of the country or destroyed in fires on the West Coast. No matter your reason for needing temporary housing, finding a place to live has never been easier than it is today thanks to these websites.
Zumper.com is a real estate rental website designed to operate on mobile first allowing potential renters to look for a new home from their mobile devices. The company charges fees to brokers and landlords who list on the website and doesn’t charge fees to renters. How does it work?
Landlords can upload pictures of their properties and add descriptions and other information in real time. Moreover, they can instantly take apartments and homes off the market once a lease is signed, resulting in a better experience for potential renters and landlords alike.
Renters who create a Zumper account can fill out applications in advance as well as create an Experian credit score report all of which are ready to go the instant a desirable property comes online. The Zumper website says this about obtaining your credit report: “Running your report with Zumper doesn’t affect your credit. It’s called a “soft pull,” and you can share this Experian report as often as you like, or just print it out.”
Having trouble finding housing? Set an alert on your Zumper account to be notified whenever a new property is available that meets your specifications, and you can view all the information from your phone.
- Website designed for mobile devices
- No fees charged to renters
- Apply to multiple properties with one application
- Serves 25 metropolitan areas throughout the country
- Allows users to drill down to smaller cities near big cities
- Condos in your city
- Rooms for rent
- Pet-Friendly Apartments
- Apartments near universities and colleges
HomeAway/VRBO is an online short-term housing rental marketplace. While it is most frequently thought of for vacation rentals, it is worth a look for anyone seeking short-term housing. HomeAway connects homeowners and property management firms who advertise their properties available for rent on the company’s easy-to-navigate websites.
The payment transaction is handled by HomeAway/VRBO and does not allow for prospective tenants and homeowners to process payments directly. Property owners pay a fee to HomeAway/VRBO to advertise their short-term home rentals in exchange for more online traffic to their properties and home seekers have the opportunity to find what they are looking for in a home in their city and state. To break it down here are a few highlights of HomeAway/VRBO:
- Annual subscription rate of $399 is charged to homeowner
- No fees charged to renters
- Be aware cancellation policies vary by property
- Guests can purchase damage and cancellation insurance
- Renters have access to phone customer service and support
- Loft apartments
- Beachfront condos
- Mountain cabins
- Lake houses w/docks
- Harborside houseboats
- Country farmhouses
- 25,000+ dog-friendly properties
Sublet.com is a popular website when it comes to finding everything from short- or long-term rentals to renting or subletting a room or an apartment. Home seekers can often save money by subletting in the main metropolitan cities because the original lessee may have lower rents than the latest vacancies.
Sublet.com, like many of the websites we have listed here, advertises with Google Adwords to ensure maximum visibility for prospective tenants. Property owners and renters looking to sublet or rent out a room can post apartments, rooms to rent, home rentals, and more on Sublet.com for free. This helps to ensure an extensive inventory for prospective renters.
While not the most modern interface on the Web, Sublet.com is more than a property rental site. They have a page devoted to ‘renter tools’ that includes resources for getting moving quotes, learning about renters insurance, locating moving companies, and finding self storage companies in your area.
- Sublets and direct leases available
- Wide selection of housing types
- Short-term rentals and open leases available
- Search listings based on lease terms and length
- Narrow search parameters to dog-friendly, rental prices, furnished, unfurnished, and more.
- Single bedrooms (roommates)
- Vacation rentals