It is common for a homeowner to rent out rooms within their house to help cover bills or simply for extra income. Avail is capable of assisting owners and landlords rent out an individual room or rooms within a shared space.
Almost all of our partner sites will publish your listing of rooms for rent; although, some like Zillow may not. Since most of our listing partners sites are not specifically designed for renting rooms, creating an ad may require some finesse. Follow the steps below to get started.
If you are just joining the Avail community, welcome! Choose "List My Unit" after creating an account as a landlord.
Start typing the address of the property you wish to rent and select it when it appears.
Our partner sites all require an exact address since they are map based. This helps the right renters identify properties in locations that are best for them and prevents duplicate listings.
If the address does not pop up, it may be missing from Google Map's database and will need to be entered manually. Choose Enter Address Manually so the true address can be completed.
Special Note: While this may be a single-family home, the property type should be set as Apartment to help target the renters who are looking for a space such as this. To be even more clear, it is best to enter "Room A" or something similar in the Unit field.
If you were already set up in Avail, Navigate to the Listings Page for the desired property and Press Build Your Listing.
Again, even though this is a multi-room home for rent- the listing itself should show a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom. This is the search criteria/filters renters will be using.
Complete the next several steps with applicable details. It is highly suggested that photos be uploaded, including an image of the exterior.
Step 7 is probably the most important. Entering a clearly stated title and providing a full description of the space for rent will help find the right renters and prevent those not interested in this type of housing from reaching out.
We recommend always using the following formula for your Title. It was popularized on Craigslist and is what most renters expect to see on all listings. Even if you don't use this format, we still highly suggest including the term "Room for Rent" in both the title and description.
Title: $[Rent Amount] - Fully furnished room for rent with private bathroom in [specific location] with [unique amenity]
Finally, preview the listing, make any final edits, and publish the listing.
Remember that the listing should clearly state that this is a single room for rent in a shared home. This will help target the renters you want and not attract those seeking a standard apartment.
Your listing will be published to many of our partner sites. Get ready to field responses from interested renters.