Apr 9, 2024 - News

Pro tips for finding a place to rent in Richmond

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Finding an apartment to rent in Richmond isn't easy.

The big picture: Renters make up make up 57% of all Richmond households. Rent increases are outpacing income gains, and an estimated 28 new people are moving here every day.

Yes, but: Whether you're moving here for the first time, switching neighborhoods or back on the hunt due to rent increases, here are 11 places to look.

Facebook groups

Facebook will be your No. 1 best friend here, with multiple groups set up to make the search easier.

Lindsey's List is one of the original ones with nearly 68,000 members.

Lindsey's List RVA is like the above option's twin, with almost 48,000 people.

Richmond Rentals, Apartments, Housing, Rooms, Sublets, Roommates has roughly 23,000 people.

VCU Housing, Sublets and Roommates was founded in 2015 to help engineering students find housing. It's evolved to more than 15,900 members.

Richmond Housing, Sublets and Roommates has 15,500 followers and includes tips for how to avoid rental scams.

RVA Roommates, Rentals & Sublets is smaller at 11,600 people but still active.

Pro tip: Use the search bar to look up location, price range and number of bedrooms then click "most recent" to see the latest posts.

  • And don't be afraid to vet a listing you've seen by asking the groups if it's a solid option β€” members will be honest β€”Β or sharing what you're looking for in a post.

Stalking property sites

These will sometimes have higher prices than seen in the FB groups, and it's not an exhaustive list, but can give you more options to check out.

Honorable mentions

Craigslist can be extremely hit or miss, but it shouldn't be ruled out, especially since some old school private landlords still gravitate toward it.

The "rentals" section of Facebook marketplace has some hidden gems. The map option lets you see the listings across the city.

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