If you try to find rentals using a Realtor, you have to pay a fee; not so with private individuals. Take precautions & make sure the person who purports to be the owner actually is the owner by checking the County Courthouse files.
Check with the Better Business Bureau or look at public courthouse records to see if the owner has been sued by his tenants & fined. You might also call the local Landlord/Tenants Association for referrals.
Watch out for scam artists, who pretend to be the owner but only want to be paid in cash. Paeticularly watch out if people rush you for the money or have a questionable mailing address.
Word of mouth is the best advertising. Ask around. You'll discover who are & aren't the best owners & those who won't immediately take care of tenant's needs or repair problems.
Finally, trust your gut when meeting a so-called owner. You may sense something is wrong. If so, check it out first before handing your money to a Con artist.
Renting a home or an apartment is surprisingly harder than ever before.
Most landlords today require credit reports, background check, letters of recommendation of past landlords and proof of income. Make a list of the most important criteria that you are looking in the new rental property.
After you have all the documentation ready, shop around for a real estate agent that can assist you with this transaction. If you are concern about any charges, ask him/her what kind of fees are they charging you.
Best of Luck,