Tips for Finding a Rental

Flexibility and speed are key to finding a rental property in the greater Ann Arbor area.

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Tips for Finding a Rental in the Fast-Paced Washtenaw County Market

Flexibility and speed are key to finding a rental property in the greater Ann Arbor area. A nice leisurely search is a thing of the past. However, preparation, timing and the assistance of a Reinhart rental professional will get you to the finish line. Here are some considerations that will have significant bearing on when you should start looking, where you can live and how much you will need to spend to get what you want.

  • How soon do you need to move in?
  • How many bedrooms would you like?
  • How many baths?
  • Can you be flexible about location?
    If you are willing to expand your search area you may have more options. Popular Ann Arbor neighborhoods, such as Kerrytown and the Old West Side are a rare find.
  • Pets?
    Many rentals do not allow pets. If pets are welcome, they are usually limited in the number , size and breed. Make sure you disclose any pets you have before showing appointments are requested.
  • How is your credit?
    Resolve any outstanding issues now because you can assume it will be checked by the landlord or leasing company.
  • Length of lease?
    One year leases are standard for the area. Short-term leases are difficult to find but may be available in our represented apartment communities. We also have partnered with Extended Stay hotels in the area and can even pass along our discounted special rates.
  • Special needs?
    If you can’t live without a dishwasher, in-home laundry, covered parking, a particular floor level, outdoor space or something else, please be sure to let us know so we can tailor our search for you.
  • Scheduling showings.
    Occupied single-family homes and condos typically require 24-48 hours notice to see because the current tenants have to approve the showing. Many apartment communities have model units that can be shown during leasing office hours.

Rental turnover is a way of life in the transient University towns of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. The rental professionals at Reinhart know the market and are here to help you navigate the challenges.