Alternate content for script

Tips for Renting a Home

Renting a place to live can be a positive and exciting step if you take time on the front end to understand what you can afford and what you need.

Five quick tips

Five tips for renters
Are you renting your home? Check out these 5 tips to avoid scammers and learn how to choose the best neighborhood for your family and your budget.


Before you start to look

  • Determine your net income (what you take home after taxes and deductions) to get an accurate picture of your money.
  • Subtract your monthly payments and expenses from your net income to see how much money you have left to spend each month.
  • Establish a rental budget.  Rent should account for 30 percent (or less) of your income.  Keep in mind that paying less rent will allow you to live more comfortably and with less stress.
  • Make sure you have a back-up plan in place in case you lose your job or fall short on funds. 

Questions to ask

Searching for the perfect place and signing a lease can be a confusing process with many important factors to consider.  Getting answers to the following questions can pay off in the long run.
Costs for you
Building information
Neighborhood information

Additional resources