Alexandra Biega

Boston Rental Process

What to Expect in the Boston Rental Market

The rental market in Boston is competitive and peak rental season is in full swing! We thought it would be a good time to provide an overview of the rental process from the search to lease signing.  


Identifying Needs, Wants and Preferences

Before embarking on a rental search, there are a couple questions that we always ask our clients to help us guide them through the search and process.  

  • # of bedrooms and bathrooms?
  • How many people will be living in the unit?
  • Do you have any pets? If so, what is the breed?
  • Neighborhood preferences?
  • Do you need to be close to public transportation?
  • Move in date?
  • Desired length of lease?
  • Is central A/C a must have or need to have?
  • Is in-unit laundry a must have or need to have?
  • Do you need parking?
  • Price range?

All of these questions help to narrow down the search before we go out on property tours. Once we have the criteria above, we are able create a list of rental options tailored to your specific needs to send over for review. Additionally, we will set you up to receive alerts the moment a new rental hits the market that meets your criteria.


Property Tours

We proactively keep you updated on new rentals as well as for any off-market or pre-market opportunities. Good rentals rent quickly so we always encourage you to reach out as soon as possible once you come across unit of interest. If any given unit currently has a tenant in it, 24-hour notice for a showing may be required. Below are some questions to ask while you are on your tour:

  • What utilities, if any, are included in rent?
  • What are the move-in costs?
  • Is any of the furniture staying in the unit?
  • Will the unit be professionally cleaned before move-in?
  • Where does the trash go?


Application Process

Once we identify the home for you, we start the application process.  In addition to the application which we would provide you, applicants are typically asked to provide the following:

  • Proof of Employment- [usually in the form of an offer letter or last two pay stubs]
  • Proof of funds if proof of employment is not an option
  • Credit Report
  • Copy of Photo ID

As soon as we have these items in hand, we are able to submit the application to the listing agent or the landlord.  Once the landlord reviews and accepts an offer, the lease is drafted up and signed by both parties. Upon lease signing, first month’s rent, security deposit and a broker fee equal to one month of rent will be due. Last month’s rent may be required as well. Your security deposit, which is typically equal to one month of rent, is kept in an interest-bearing account, separate from the other funds. Once the tenancy ends, the landlord performs a walk through and returns the security deposit, within 30 days, to you should the unit be in the same condition.



On move-in day or prior we facilitate the key hand-off for you. Depending on the building, there may be move-in rules and regulations, so we make sure you are aware of those.  If you are planning on having a large moving truck, you should consider applying for a street moving permit sign to reserve space in front of the building for the move-in. Signs are required to be put up 48 hours in advance of a move and can be attained at City Hall.

To reserve a parking spot for your moving truck visit:

Looking for a mover? Visit


Post Move-In

Once you get settled, you can apply for your resident parking permit.  You can apply online for your parking permit here:


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    Dog Parks in Boston

    They say dogs are a man’s/woman’s best friend and we couldn’t agree more.  Many of our clients that we work with put pet friendly living and proximity to dog friendly parks at the top of their must have list when searching for a home.  We understand that importance and have compiled a list of those parks in Back Bay, Beacon Hill, South End and South Boston where you will find other furry 4-legged friends.


    Beacon Hill

    Boston Common

    139 Tremont Street

    The Esplanade

    Storrow Drive


    Back Bay

    Carlton Court Dog Park

    Southwest Corridor Path

    Comm Avenue Mall

    Commonwealth Avenue



    South End

    Peters Park

    1277 Washington Street

    Blackstone Square

    1535 Washington Street

    Titus Sparrow Park

    200 West Newton Street


    South Boston

    South Boston Bark Park

    1280 Columbia Road


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      Monthly Parking Garages/Lots in and Around the South End

      Owning a parking spot in the South End is a luxury. If you are thinking about moving to the South End, you may find a condo that checks all of your boxes except a deeded parking spot. All residents and tenants in the neighborhood are granted street parking permits which may serve as a viable solution.

      We often ask our buyers whether a deeded parking spot is a must have or “nice-to have” feature in their desired home. If a parking spot is a necessity, we then find out if a parking “solution” nearby, which may be a public or privately-owned garage spot or outdoor space for a monthly rental rate would suffice. We put together the list below of parking “solutions” to answer the frequently asked questions about parking options in and around the South End.


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