If you are renting your apartment with a Realtor, you'd have to sign a listing agreement and we'd put an electronic keybox on the door. When someone was interested in renting they would submit a rental application with references' names and phone numbers. We would ask for a credit check authorization and then you would be able to begin to screen. I personally do a search on the judicial site to see if they've been sued or arrested or have an issue in housing court. Once we have these three important pieces of info we can check out the references and call them. The standard is first month, last month, 1 month security. It costs you the first months rent to hire the realtors. IF you are aware of lead or asbestos in your home you MUST disclose that. You cannot rent to anyone with children under 5 if there is any lead, including in the water. You may not discriminate against anyone for any reason, including section 8. You cannot deny a section 8 inspection but you are not required to make the recommended repairs or accept section 8 - they are still subject to the same credit check and such as everyone else but you cannot deny them because they are section 8. That's the quick run-down.