Searching for a Rental in Oxford
If you’ve been looking for a place to rent in Oxford, you learned quickly that there’s no central place to search for rentals. In some areas, rentals are listed on the MLS, but that’s not the case here. I work mostly with Buyers and Sellers. But because I have a short-term property management business, I get frequent requests for assistance with long term rentals. Always trying to be of service, I have compiled some information for renters. If this information proves valuable to you, please contact me when you, a friend or family member are ready to buy. Always consider me as a source of Real Estate information! In many cases, buying costs the same or less to rent, especially if you consider the tax advantages. It may be a good idea to explore whether buying may be a better option than renting. Give me a call and let’s talk! 662-801-6692 You will need to be discriminating in your search. Student rentals are not necessarily going to be the best option for a family, and vice versa. Note also that in this market with so many student rentals, many listings you will see will indicate the rent per bedroom, not for the whole property.
Here are some places you can search/contact to locate a rental. Please understand that I do not have personal rental experience with any source listed, so cannot guarantee what you will experience. This is not an exhaustive list. You will likely see the same property listed on many of the public sites.
Individual Management Sites/Apartments:
Some other suggestions:
Drive around the areas you would like. That is a lot of work, but many individual investors will just put a sign in the yard.
Ask everyone you talk to. Get your network going for you.
If you decide to post "rental wanted", review what others are saying and then describe yourself as positive as possible so they will respond.
Be sure to check Yelp and Google reviews for the apartments, managers, and such.
If you plan on filling out an application, bring all the necessary documentation with you. This could include a credit report, recent pay stubs or bank statements, and, if you have pets, photos and service dog certification, if applicable.
Whether you like it or not, when you fill out your next rental application, your landlord is probably going to run a credit check on you. In the old days, your landlord might have been satisfied with your retail credit report, which usually contains information about your credit cards and car loans but nothing about your rental history. But times have changed. Most landlords with multiple rentals work with consumer-reporting agencies that specialize in "resident screening," which is a much more in-depth probing of a tenant’s personal history. It might include prior evictions or even negative landlord references. Here’s one more that CAN be a good source, but is fertile ground for scammers:
https://northmiss.craigslist.org/search/apa?search_distance=15&postal=38655&availabilityMode=0&sale_date=all+dates NINE WAYS TO SPOT A SCAM 1. They want to rent a home without showing you the inside. 2. They want money before you sign a lease or there is no screening process. 3. They ask you to wire money or use a prepaid debit card. 4. The rental price is less than market rates. 5. They say they are out of the country, on vacation or that they are missionaries. 6. They say they are doing you a favor by lowering the rent so you care about the home as they would. 7. It appears the home is for sale as well. 8. You found it online by owner and not through a listing agent. There are lots of typos in the ad. 9. When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is.