Zillow Advice: Rental Market - When is the best time to start looking for a rental property? http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate I would say that in a normal ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ I would say that in a normal rental market, 45-60 days out would be a nice timeframe.&nbsp; Obviously, if you are in a high demand rental market you may want to start early.&nbsp; I would say that university housing might be in that category.&nbsp; For rentals close to campus, the rental season can open up as much as 9 months in advance.&nbsp; You need to consider the price you want to pay and the location you desire.&nbsp; Keep this in mind--the closer to campus, the earlier you look.&nbsp; That doesn't mean close rentals won't pop up, but whenever they do, you need to be ready to go.&nbsp; Another thing you can do is ask around to friends that may be moving.&nbsp; You might be able to negotiate a rental directly with an owner/landlord.&nbsp; Good luck. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:13:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2014-02-03T14:13:00Z In my experience, 60-90 days ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ In my experience, 60-90 days in advance is a good time to start looking. By posting this question so far in advance, I can tell you are a "planner". This is good and will serve you well in finding a nice home to rent. It is a good idea to let your circle of friends know that you plan to rent a home in July/August&nbsp;just in case they&nbsp;hear of someone who will have a home to rent.&nbsp;Good luck.<br/><br/>Teri Reed<br/>Metro Brokers<br/><a href="http://www.LocateMyDreamHome.com" rel="nofollow">www.LocateMyDreamHome.com</a>&nbsp; Tue, 21 Jan 2014 23:52:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2014-01-21T23:52:00Z Now that you have decided ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ Now that you have decided to rent, use the time available to study the market. Zero in on the area you would like to live in. Be aware of the rates and the developments in that area. Acquaint yourselves with the estate agents in that area. Do your homework. The real search however can be postponed to just 60-90 days before you want to move in. Sat, 16 Nov 2013 18:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-16T18:18:00Z Don't start looking too early ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ Don't start looking too early because the properties you find most likely will no longer be available in July or August. I would suggest starting your search about 60 days in advance. Good luck! Sat, 16 Nov 2013 01:24:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-16T01:24:00Z I am a landlord and when ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ I am a landlord and when people put in applications to rent my house I like to see that they are month to month at their current rental and can move in around the 1st weekend of the month. Also another bounces is if you have the deposit ready to go, not tied up in another contract. Where you are preparing so far in advance I think your on the right track. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 22:58:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-15T22:58:00Z Beginning of May http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ Beginning of May Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:18:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-15T21:18:00Z at least 60 days in advance ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ at least 60 days in advance of your intended occupancy&nbsp;date as tis is when current tentants must<br/>&nbsp;usually give notice of their intention not to renew a lease and landlord will then list the property for rent. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:02:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-15T21:02:00Z Generally rentals don't stay ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ Generally rentals don't stay around a while... and won't wait empty until you are ready.&nbsp; About a month or two before you're ready is usually sufficient time. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:56:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/When-is-the-best-time-to-start-looking-for-a-rental-property/519122/ 2013-11-15T20:56:00Z