Renting an Apartment

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Renting an apartment – what you need to know

Equal Access

Federal and State Fair Housing Laws require that any decision by a property provider to rent or not to rent be based on the qualifications of an individual applicant, not on any categorical judgment of an identifiable group of people. Equal Access is the key principle in all Fair Housing Law and protects prospective tenants from discriminatory practices. Equal Access Tenants’ Rights The Equal Access principle prohibits discrimination based on color, religion, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

Property Provider Rights do have a right to require certain information about prospective tenants. They use this information to evaluate applicants and choose among them. If a tenant does not meet the established income criteria, a property provider is legally allowed to charge a higher security deposit to that tenant.


Tips on renting an apartment

You should have your housing arrangements determined before you leave your home country. If you do not have a U.S. bank account, proof of employment, or a good credit history (typical requirements that are asked of renters), you will need to find apartment complexes that are willing to rent to international students who cannot meet the usual requirements. Property managers will not always accept parents as co-signers since they are not in this country.

Please see our Help Finding Housing page for a listing of some potential apartment possibilities.


Apartment Rental Costs

Rent may vary from one accommodation to another depending upon factors such as location, size, condition, and special features. Average monthly rents for the Santa Rosa area are:

  • 1 bedroom apartment: $1,554.001
  • 2 bedroom apartment: $1,960.001