You might also want to be very careful that they are not in the process of losing the home to foreclosure. That hapens a lot. It's a pretty scarry market right now for renters unless you know someone or have the ability to check the background information on the person and the property. To go directly to owner's, like the other person said, check the newspaper or go to craigs list also. Good luck.
I would check the newspapers. Google and local fliers to find homes for rent buy owner. Be careful and check the tax records to make sure the person renting to you actually owns the home. Meet them in person, no phone or on-line money.