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Rental Resources in San Francisco

Let’s face it: in a competitive market like San Francisco, renters can sometimes need all the help they can get. I’m happy to be of assistance – and if you’d like any more information, I’m always happy to chat with you, so please do get in touch!

First off, let’s talk a little about 2019 rental conditions in San Francisco. The average rent on a one-bedroom, one-bathroom place is $3,697 as of June 2018. That’s a pretty decent chunk of change. The good news is that there are plenty of resources out there to help you find houses in San Francisco, including many San Francisco rental agencies. To help you, I’ve collected a few of them here.

American Marketing Systems has one of the largest pools of furnished rentals available. Their website is www.amsires.com. As stated on their website, the company’s goal is “bringing creativity to real estate in San Francisco, Marin, Oakland, and the Bay Area” by offering “corporate and flexible lease term furnished rentals, unfurnished long-term rentals, relocation, real estate sales, and property management.”

Relocation Breakthroughs may be able to help as well. They are a fee-based service that helps people relocating to the area. www.relocationbreakthroughs.com. As stated on their website, they are “the California leader in destination services for renters” with “an extraordinary team of experienced, caring, and committed professionals” to help you find the perfect home.

A popular listing aggregator for San Francisco specifically is www.livelovely.com. Touting themselves as “the simplest way to land your rental”, this simply designed site offers a search of an impressive number of San Francisco rentals. Perhaps one of them will prove to be your lucky charm?

One other high-end rental service that might have larger rentals available is J. Wavro. They also work to help renters find a place for a fee: www.jwavro.com.

If you’re looking for a short-term rental, AirBnB may be the way to go: www.airbnb.com. Keep in mind that laws around these short-term rentals are still in flux, so you should keep apprised to understand your rights as a renter.

Finally, if you’re looking in the East Bay, keep in mind that Oakland is to San Francisco as Brooklyn was to New York City ten years ago: cool, hip, and still a relative bargain. I say relative because everything is relative here in the Bay Area!

Now, it’s important to understand your overall rights when renting in San Francisco. That’s why The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development is a critical source of information: http://sfmohcd.org/rental-programs. Here you can apply directly for rental housing, find out about other rental programs, and get on the waitlist for more competitive opportunities in San Francisco and beyond.

You should also familiarize yourself with the San Francisco Rent Board website: https://sfrb.org/. There’s tons of great information there to help you become a more proactive and prepared San Francisco renter.

Meanwhile, I’m here to provide information and offer help when you’re ready to buy. Get in touch!