Rental Housing

keyRental housing is not usually offered by Realtors or real estate agents here.  I know it’s unlike most parts of the U.S., but here most houses, townhouses, or condos which are available to rent or lease are offered “for rent by owner”.  Once in awhile there are properties for lease or rent on the Multiple Listing Service.  You can find them at http://mlslistings.com.  But most will be found via Craigslist.   Here’s my best list of rental resources:

Bay Rentals – http://www.bayrentals.com
Craigslist – http://sfbay.craigslist.org – houses, townhouses, condominiums (best resource)
MLSListings – http://www.MLSListings.com – very few listings of rentals, but all legit!
Rent Diggs – http://www.RentDigs.com
Trulia – http://trulia.com – click on “Rent” tab – mixed housing types
Zillow – http://www.zillow.com/ – click on “Rent” tab – mixed housing types
Padmapper – https://www.padmapper.com – apartments
Prometheus – http://prometheusreg.com – apartments
ApartmentList – https://www.apartmentlist.com/ – apartments

Please also see “Short term housing

Please beware that there are many scams around rentals. Be extremely careful!  Some scams ask for money upfront, before you can even see the property.  Many of these homes are actually for sale, so Google the address to check.