We have found that Craigslist is your best option for a rental. 85% to 95% of all rentals leased in San Diego County are found using Craigslist. It is used to advertise rentals by property owners, property management companies and agents alike. The rental listings are far more up to date than what you will find anywhere else. Check often and call/e-mail right away as many rentals move quickly.
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 in order to see the property. The "owner" usually states they live out of state or out of the country. Other scams involve people stealing pictures from homes for sale and then posting it as a rental with a low rental rate.
Best of luck to you,
Mark & Kari Shea
Shea Real Estate
National Association of Realtors
CA BRE License 01713506
And there are some short term rentals through ShowHomes advertising on Craigslits where you occupy a vacant home while it is up for sale. I could not find anything below $2000/m on the MLS.
I was looking for apartment rentals approximately 6 months ago for a client. I just reviewed my notes and the only 3BR (2BA) I found priced at $1,765/mth was at 662 Tamarack Ave. Phone number is 619-502-0787. This was for a 12 month lease. As I said, this was 6 months ago so the information is dated but hopefully the rent is still the same and they have a unit available.