Portland’s laid back attitude and acceptance of all things weird and different definitely carries over into it’s rental market. If you are planning your move to the Rose City below are 5 tips for leasing in Portland.

Get approved

Portland rental properties generally have a simple and easy application approval process.  With decent credit, the ability to pay rent for 6-12 months or a letter from a new employer you can be approved . Any other criteria you lack can usually be made up for with an additional security deposit or a co-signer.  Leasing in Portland is a relatively easy process.

It’s all about the Neighborhood when Leasing in Portland

Known as the Rose City, Portland is divided into many small neighborhoods that resemble villages. Each neighborhood has it’s own vibe and it’s own variety of rental options. If you are looking for a specific type of rental it’s best to research and make sure the neighborhood you are interested in offers that type of rental within your budget. Sometimes the two may not match up.

Car vs. Public Transit

Although Portland does tout one of the best public transit systems in the nation there are certain rental buildings that have better access to public transit than others. Some buildings may offer parking options on site while others don’t. This is why it is important to factor whether you will be driving or taking public transit before leasing in Portland.

Apartment Buildings are Smoke Free

Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act (ICAA) prohibits smoking within 10 feet of any entrance exit window or air intake vent of any apartment building. Most property management companies and individuals do not allow smoking in their rentals either. This includes tobacco vaping and marijuana.

Be prepared to make your decision the day you tour apartments

Due to the fast paced nature and the diverse collection of unique rental properties in the Portland rental market, many properties lease the same day they come on the market. Though there are a few exceptions to this rule.  You certainly do not want to spend an entire day looking at rentals only to find out they are all taken. Prior to leasing in Portland,  find 3 solid choices view them immediately and choose one.