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Things to Look for in a Rental Listing


Look for these things in a rental listing to help you narrow your search.

Whether you are looking for an apartment, home, or other rental space, you will likely spend a considerable amount of time researching the properties online and touring them in person. One of the ways that you can avoid wasting your time on a dud is by making sure that every rental listing you consider has all the information that you need. Here are some of the things that every good rental listing will include.


Right away, the listing should directly explain the number of bedrooms and bathrooms the property has, along with its total square footage. Additionally, the listing should include a floorplan of the property to help you visualize the layout. Avoid listings that include vague terms such as “junior one bedroom” or “open one bedroom.” These are likely just a landlord’s attempt to conceal the reality of the property’s layout.


Good rental listings will also have a comprehensive list of all the amenities that the property has to offer. Beyond basics such as heating and kitchen appliances, the listing should also detail available amenities such as air conditioning, laundry facilities, parking availability, communal spaces, and so on. Knowing the available amenities will help you choose a property that is well suited to your lifestyle.

Major Policies

The listing should also disclose any major policies that could be potential deal-breakers for you. For instance, the listing should include the property’s pet policy, the maximum amount of people allowed per unit, smoking, and lease terms and lengths. If you don’t see major information such as this, drop the listing and focus on more informative and promising properties.

Clear Costs

Finally, the listing should be extremely clear when it comes to rental costs. For instance, the listing should answer the following questions:

  • What is the monthly rent?
  • How much of a deposit is required, and is any of it refundable?
  • Are there any one-time fees?
  • Is there a pet fee or monthly charge?
  • Does parking cost extra?
  • Who pays for utilities?

These are some of the things you should look for in a good rental listing.  Tired of renting and ready to start looking for your own place in the Hermosa Beach area?  Make sure you are getting the service and top-tier escrow services that you deserve.  Contact the experts at Brighton Escrow to begin your hassle-free home selling or buying process today.