Renting a decent place to live is an important factor in the quality of life in Rochester, NY. Within the City of Rochester, only 40% of the housing units are owner occupied. 1. Here, we hope to provide some useful information and resources for tenants (and landlords) and to give you a chance to voice your opinions and advice on renting in Rochester.
NOTE: see Apartments to list or view actual rental units.
Many housing buyers and renters are unaware that federal and state laws may substantially restrict what a Real Estate Agent (and in some cases, any rental-transaction related party) can discuss with you about housing. For example, questions (and answers) about religion, race, national origin, handicap, marital status, and age are severely restricted. They are restricted in discussing school districts, demographic makeup of neighborhoods, crime statistics, etc. 2
Know your rights and responsibilities - both as a prospective tenant and as a legal tenant.
Whenever possible, get correspondence in writing, get and keep receipts — a paper trail can help you when things turn sour.
You can ask RG&E for the average monthly bill of the apartment that you're interested in and avoid places with outrageous heating bills (which can run high in Rochester).
List of popular neighborhoods to rent in, with reference to features that distinguish them.
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