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Rent.com

Online Rental Property Search


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Published 01/14/2013 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Rent.com is a property search tool that helps users find apartments and homes. The website includes a convenient search form that lets users narrow down their options by location, price and number of bedrooms. The website will provide a list of all matching apartments, condos, houses, lofts, townhomes and duplexes. Users can also access a moving center which includes a quote request form that gives the user access to free quotes from up to six moving companies. The site also offers an attractive bonus option that awards users with $100 when they sign a lease with a company listed on Rent.com. After registering the lease details the user is given a prepaid Visa debit card.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Rent.com was founded in December of 2004. The website has earned itself quite a bit of popularity as a convenient way to search for rentals in many U.S. cities. One complaint was filed with Ripoff Report in 2011 stating that the user never received their $100 reward after finding an apartment through Rent.com. The thread continues with Rent.com responding to the issue. In the end it took over a year but the user was eventually issued a check for the full $100 as promised. This issue does not appear to be widespread.

What are the differences to other apps?

There are a number of websites that let users search for rental properties. In fact many offer both rentals and properties that are for sale. Rent.com stands out because the site gives users the same functionality with an added bonus. Anyone who rents a property they find through Rent.com is eligible to receive a $100 Visa gift card. The user doesn’t have to pay any fees or do anything other than follow the instructions outlined on the site.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Rent.com has many similarities to other rental search sites, but users may first notice what is missing rather than what is there. The site does not include any crammed-in advertisements or other busy elements. There are comfortable open spaces to each side so the user can breathe as they search. This is a nice touch that makes the site more user friendly and pleasant to visit.

How does the registration process work?

Anyone can visit Rent.com and begin searching for properties. Users who want to get the most out of the experience should consider creating an account. A blue button is available in the upper, right hand corner for Facebook users. Everyone else can complete the search form found in the middle of the homepage and include their email address. Doing so automatically creates an account for the user. The user can visit their profile settings page to create a password and add their first name, last name and phone number.

What does it cost to use the application?

Rent.com is available to all home seekers for free. No subscription is required and the user doesn’t have to agree to any purchases. This is a good thing because most property searches are available for free. Individuals and families usually spend quite a bit on deposits and rent, so charging just to look would be a bit much. Users can actually earn some extra cash when they rent a home or apartment they find on Rent.com, which is a nice bonus for most.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Rent.com is a great resource for anyone looking to rent a property. The website covers most types of rental homes and includes results that give users many options. The interface is easy to navigate and the user can earn extra cash by doing what they came to do anyway. Rent.com appears to make good on its $100 reward offer, which gives it more credibility in the eyes of potential users.

  • Search for rental properties in any city
  • Earn a $100 Visa gift card for renting
  • Obtain free quotes from up to six moving companies
  • Register and sign in with Facebook
  • Review detailed property information


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Rent.com contact details

Telephone: 866-432-7368
Postal address:
2425 Olympic Blvd
Suite 400E
Santa Monica, CA, 90404

Rent.com pricing

FREE - Permanently free version

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Iphone app

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