Finding temporary housing when moving to a new city can be challenging. How do you figure out which neighborhoods would be best for you to focus on? Which school systems should you consider for your children? What does it cost to rent in each of your areas of interest?
After first running things down with a real estate agent, which won't cost you a penny, you can also check the following resources on your own.
Short term rentals: These rental properties, which are typically private homes or apartments, are available with variable lease terms. Generally speaking, the shorter the lease term, the higher your monthly rental bill will be. I have had very good luck placing people in short term rentals, but typically these are high end apartment rentals that not everyone can afford. Very few apartment complexes in the Birmingham area offer short term rentals.
Sub-lets: If someone has signed a yearlong lease and they want to get out of their lease early, sometimes their contracts will allow them to sub-let their home or apartment. Subletting means taking over an existing tenant’s lease for a set duration of time. This typically requires approval for the tenant’s landlord. Sub-lets can be found on various websites online but be careful! A friend of mine found photos of her own home that someone pulled off of a website when her house was listed for sale and they used those photos to advertise her home as a rental home. Do your due diligence and never pay anyone any money until you sign a lease and receive the keys.
Finding a temporary housing rental when moving to a new city requires a good real estate agent, a lot of research and a bit of luck, but eventually, you will end up with a great place to call home. The right place is out there, you just have to find it.