Rentals & Roommates Resources SF Bay Area

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The big gorilla which does more housing connections including room-mates, sub-lets, TIC partner introductions, and short-term lets than likely all other services combined.  Use the search features to narrow your search and not be overwhelmed by information. Print out top selections and call or e-mail to confirm availability when its time to act.
The independent online guide for renters lets you search listings for SF & entire Bay no registration required

UCSF Housing
Also posted at housing office’s hallway.  Millberry Union, 500 Parnassus, S.F. Largest non-city employer plus students too
SF Mission 94110 is well represented

Local Housing Guides

SF Gate: East Bay Neighborhoods || SF Neighborhoods

San Francisco Neighborhoods  by 
quick 15 word reviews including prices of homes

Bay Area Cities  by
Little editorial but well selected links for 100 Cities Bay Area Counties Guide too

 sf_districts by  
well done and still pretty accurate

ABAG's Earthquake site, "On Shaky Ground." || District Descriptions || Rental Lingo || Site Index || Tips & Tricks ||
 SF-Bay Area but City emphasis
Launched in '98 and filling up w/ info on tenants rights, advice for apartment seekers,

National Moving Guides with Resource Links

Free Online Listings for Tenants
The SF Bay Area  is one of the tightest markets in the country so using these resources may not be enough. If you do find a place here and you are signed up with an agency, check to see if they have the listing. If not you may be entitled to a refund from them.

San Francisco Classified listings including short-term furnished & large complexes

Fee to Landlord for listing || SF Chronicle & Examiner Classifieds

Yahoo! Apts & Rooms Not much going since they started charging

SF Bay Guardian

Mostly roommate listings
and same hate mindset as Tenant's Union

The Rental Source
Real Estate Brokerage, fees begin at 60% of first month's rent

Fee to Tenant  for Listing AccessFree for Landlord
If you agree that size does matter in this endeavor then use one of the first two who employ many people to provide you with 24 hour multi-media access for a pretty reasonable price...On the other hand you can get more personal service and hassle-free chauffeured showings from smaller agencies if your willing to pay the price.  

Rental & Room-mate Agencies - fee to tenant || || Grey Todd on winning the SF home race (San Francisco only)
4054 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 415-863-7368 || Russian Hill 1212A Union Street San Francisco, CA 94109 415-863-

"Since it is always FREE to list with Rent Tech,
our Clients get access to the largest source of rentals available anywhere,
that is
45% MORE than any one else! *
2003 comparison

7368 Fax: 415-552-8447.
The city's largest and most advanced. Way more listings for the sunny diverse side of San Francisco like the Mission, Castro and Noe Valley in part because it took over Community Rentals on Castro and equal or greater elsewhere.  High-tech features and pleasantly professional $65; 90 days’ access via email, fax, Web, or pager, : partial money-back guarantee. SF only, List for free. ||
Launched in 1998 with passion. New pages promised. Everything free except your credit report. City of SF only
2261 Market Street #900 San Francisco, CA 94114

Apartmentsource on the web since '1995 a national service ||
Service Fees & Charges || East Bay, San Francisco, Marin and Palo Alto.
"We do the screening, we find the home and negotiate the contract - you enjoy the results" They also charge extra for units that will take a cat or a dog.

Charmane's Homefinding Tel: 415-668-5759  fax 415-668-4431
If you want personal service finding your new home, then we recommend Charmane. Tell her sent you

FEE to both Tenant & Landlord

Rentals & Room-mates
Metro Rent

| Tips on Finding a Place in SF
SF, Peninsula, North, South, and East Bay from San Francisco to San Jose for over 20 years. A fully searchable database with detailed descriptions of available rentals and roommates. Updates for 90 days provided automatically via the Web, E-mail, Fax or in our office. create a renter’s resume,  , $65; 99 days access to in-office listings, $55; full money-back guarantee. List for free
Distributed free in news racks throughout the City and specializing in large apartment complexes
and property management firms

Room-mates Only

Roommate Link    [ San Francisco ] Roommate Referral
(415) 558-9191 or outside the Bay Area: (800) 446-2887 list your place 24 hours (415) 626-7056. 160A Cole, S.F. Ca 94117
Since 1976, Roommate Referral has been the favorite place to find a roommate for San Franciscans The walk-in service is best for new listings as the web site mainly boasts an easy to remember URL but no e-mail as of 5/99   Four months’ access to in-office listings and three months’ access to phone listings, $35.  List for free, SF only
Roommate Express Northern California
Alameda Co. || Contra Costa Co. || Mid-Peninsula || Sacramento || San Francisco || San Jose South Bay
|| ||
4546 El Camino Real, Suite 218 Los Altos, CA 94022 (800) 487-8050 (650) 948-4300 FAX: (800) 366-9210  Possibly the largest national chain specializing in roommates, funky web site 60 days, $59. Fee to list 

Short-Term Rentals

American Marketing Systems   [ San Francisco]

SF Bay Area short-term sublets by
Listing throughout USA with plenty in Bay Area

Credit Reports
Online Credit Report (30 seconds) Resolving Credit Disputes


On-line Rental App to complete and take with you by metro rent. Best to offer to complete Landlord's but can make all the difference when your the first to submit because you came more prepared.

PETS: Only 40% of the apartments in San Francisco accept cats and only 10% accept dogs. By law a landlord can ask for up to 2 month's rent as a deposit for an unfurnished apartment and 3 months for a furnished.

Moving Resources & Tools yellow pages
City of SF only but comprehensive for movers & cleaners

DOOR-TO-DOOR storage services
deliver self storage containers directly to your door delivers self storage containers directly to your door. You pack it up. We pick it up and you're done! And they serve over 2700 cities across the US.
American Storage delivers 5'W x 7'H x 8'D storage boxes to your location
Serving Sonoma, Napa & Marin Counties in Northern California Cort furniture Rental
Showrooms in over 100 major cities coast to coast || International Relocation
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California Association of Realtor's MLS site

Monster Moving
 Directory of Movers
Personal Two-Location Comparison
Cost-of-Living report including School & Community statistics.
StartSmart Moving Service
Set up your utility and subscription services for your new address for free.
Apartment Moves -- The Moving Guide
Moving Checklist;  Tips; Budget information; Links  and more.
Change of Address Service
or just get materials

Important Phone Numbers for San Franciscans

Business Associations & Chamber of Commerce
Engaged and involved members of Chambers of Commerce  and other business associations are your best bet when you are starting from scratch
Chamber of Commerce Information
Search for Chambers of Commerce or Cities-States-Provinces around the world Sometimes includes hotlinks to their Websites and Email
Better Business Bureau Member Index ||  California || Oakland-San Francisco-North Bay || San Mateo County || SanJose-Silicon Valley-Santa Clara County || Sacramento
Oakland/San Francisco 510 16th Street Suite 550 Oakland CA 94612-1584 Phone: (510) 238-1000 24 hours Fax: (510) 238-1018

Free for all ||Local Housing Guides || National Moving Guide || Free Online Listings ||   Rental & Room-mate Agencies || Room-mates Only ||Short-Term Rentals  ||Credit Reports ||
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Last Update July 26, 2004