Renting Resources


Renting Basics | Finding a Rental Home | Moving In and Becoming a Tenant 

As a military member or family on the move, at some point you’ll likely rent a home. Whether short-term or long-term, start with this knowledge base to understand all aspects of renting--including what to look for in a rental, understanding the military clause, deposit requirements in different states, and much more. See even more helpful info about renting on MilitaryByOwner’s blog.


Renting Basics

Renting Basics

SHOULD MILITARY MEMBERS RENT OR OWN A HOME? WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE DECIDING Be prepared with the facts to decide if renting vs buying is the best choice for you. 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing)Understand how much effect BAH has on your rental budget and priorities.

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT RENT-TO OWN Is it a good choice for you? There are many variables that go into this decision.  

HOW TO RENT A HOME WITH A BAD CREDIT SCORE Can you take a bad credit score and find a rental home? Learn how, along with ways to repair your credit.

UNDERSTANDING SECURITY DEPOSITS IN DIFFERENT STATES Security deposits are not all the same, so be sure to check the differences from state to state. 

HOW MUCH RENT CAN I AFFORD? A one-size-fits-all strategy doesn't exist, so formulate your best plan taking into account military life specifics, credit scores, and the pros and cons of renting or buying a home. 

BREAKING DOWN THE FINANCES OF RENTING A HOME How much should you allow in your budget for rent? Learn how to factor expenses, your BAH, and more when looking for a place to rent. 


Finding a Rental Home

Finding a Rental Home10 TIPS FOR FINDING A PERFECT RENTAL HOME The research begins when you hear whispers of where your move will take you. These 10 tips will make it easy! 

MILITARY LOOKING FOR A SHORT-TERM RENTAL? WHERE TO BEGIN  Consider different options when a short term rental is needed, whether it is just for one person or the whole family. 

TIPS FOR FINDING A PET-FRIENDLY RENTAL HOME Finding pet-friendly housing can be a challenge. What can military families do to find a rental house when they have pets? 

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE RENTING YOUR FIRST APARTMENT Usually thought of as a first-time housing choice for young people, apartments are attractive to military members of all life stages.

WHAT TO KNOW WHEN SEARCHING FOR A ROOM FOR RENT There are many reasons why a military member might consider a room for rent. Get tips for finding your best situation when it comes to renting a room in someone else's home. 

7 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE RENTING YOUR FIRST HOME Are there any secrets to success in finding your first rental, particularly as a military family? The answer is yes, and the secret formula is actually pretty simple, once you know where to start. 

SHOULD I HAVE A MILITARY CLAUSE IN MY LEASE?  Understand the military clause and the benefit it provides military members, along with the steps needed to abide by it.  

UNDERSTANDING THE MILITARY CLAUSE To understand the implications of both the potential problem and why military landlords may feel conflicted about the military clause, start here.

RENTING A HOME OVERSEAS As you prepare for your overseas move, it is also important to realize that there are several factors that make renting in a foreign country a bit different. 


Moving In and Becoming a Tenant

Moving into my rental homeRENTER OR HOME BUYER WALK-THROUGH CHECKLIST Before you take possession of your home, you will have a walk through. Carefully inspect the condition of the home with this detailed checklist. 

HOW TO BE AN AMAZING TENANT  Landlords and property managers want to be assured they are making the right decision by choosing you. Learn what makes a stellar tenant.

5 REASONS YOU NEED RENTERS INSURANCE Your landlord has insurance; do you need it, too? Find out why you need it and what it covers.  

HOW TO DEAL WITH AN UNRESPONSIVE LANDLORD  Unfortunately, sometimes this happens. Learn what steps you can take if you find yourself in this situation. 

WHAT ARE THE MAINTENANCE RESPONSIBILITIES FOR LANDLORDS AND TENANTS? Do you know what maintenance and repairs the landlord is responsible for and what the tenant is expected to maintain? Learn how the line fluctuates, and what happens if either party fails to uphold the expectations.

WILL COHABITING RUIN YOUR MILITARY RELATIONSHIP? Before you jump into what appears to be an exciting new chapter in your relationship, be sure to consider all the logistical and legal aspects of what can sometimes be an emotional decision.


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