When looking for rentals, your best bet is Craigslist. 85% to 95% of all rentals leased in San Diego County are found using Craigslist. It is used to advertise rentals by owners, property management companies and agents alike.
The best way to search is to put the zip code in the search box and then enter the rest of your parameters. Check often and call/e-mail right away as many rentals move quickly!
Lastly, beware of rental scam listings and ads that "look too good to be trueâ€. Make sure you talk to the person managing the property and meet them to see it. Scams usually involve people asking for a deposit prior to seeing the property or filling out a rental application. The "owner" usually states they live out of state or out of the country. Other scams involve people stealing pictures off homes for sale with a low rental rate. That is usually when they ask for the deposit up front.
Best of luck to you,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA DRE License 01713506
There are several types of programs that keep the rent affordable for low-income renters but you need to be very careful and you may need to check out the actual property. If you need any help on this and more, feel free to get in touch with me anytime
Reef Point Realty & Construction
Best of Luck
If you do find yourself a rental and are unsure of a "scam" - feel free to reach out to me. I am happy to quickly scan the tax records and MLS system to see if there is a discrepancy in the offer or solicitor compared to what public records state. No fee, no involvement on my end - I offer that service in hopes you'd recommend me going forward to anyone you know that may need a trusted realtor in San Diego! good luck, Sarah Scott - Sotheby's Downtown