According to a recent article in the Boston Herald, between renter spending, new construction and apartment operations, the rental industry contributed $17.7 billion to the Boston economy and supported 147,000 jobs in 2013 (the last year that statistics were available). So if you're one of the tens of thousands of renters looking for a place in Boston, there's good news: you have options, and bad news: you've got competition. The bad news you likely already knew if you've ever tried to rent a U-Haul the last week of August.
Avoiding the pain and difficulty of finding a good rental property takes a certain amount of preparation and education. Realtor.com has put together a 9-Step Guide to Finding a Dream Rental, which is very helpful to new renters or those that are tired of having to look for a new rental year after year. To make the process even easier, enlist the help of a rental agent, preferably one with specific knowledge of the neighborhoods you're most interested in living in. Renting doesn't mean that you have to pack up all your belongings, submit rental applications and put first, last and security down every.single.year. If you take the right steps and have a good advisor in place to guide you through the process and advocate for your rights as a renter, you'll be able to find a place that feels not like someone else's home, but like your own.
(i.e. those that have moved every year since they graduated college and . If you're sick of the September 1st rental rush, the stress and overheating that comes along with moving every summer, and