How to List Rental Properties on Craigslist

By Techwalla Internet Editor

Have rental properties you want to list but can't decide where you wish to place them? Want to tap into an audience that can read your ad 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Try posting your rental properties on Craigslist. You can choose the city and the type of rental you're offering and know that millions will be able to see your listing.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access
  • Computer

List Rental Properties on Craigslist

Step 1

Sign on to Craigslist (see Resources below).

Step 2

Look through the list of cities/countries available. Choose the city where you would like to list your rental property. Some cities or metro areas have multiple listings. Do not list in more than one of these cities. Instead, if you want to post to multiple cities within that region, post to the larger metropolitan area or regional name.

Step 3

Click on 'Post to Classifieds.' Click on the category for 'Housing.'

Step 4

Click on 'I Am Offering Housing.' On the next screen, choose the type of rental properties you want to post ('Apts/Housing for Rent,' 'Office & Commercial' etc.).

Step 5

Create a title for your listing. Make it short and to the point.

Step 6

Type in the rent and specific location, if you wish.

Step 7

Create a description of the property, making sure to list its attributes correctly.

Step 8

Enter your email address, then enter it again to confirm.

Step 9

Select whether or not you want your email to be visible in your listing, or choose an anonymous option.

Step 10

Indicate whether or not visitors to the posting are allowed to contact you for any other purposes than responding to that specific posting.

Step 11

Click 'Continue' and proofread your ad.

Step 12

Type in the verification word in the field provided and click 'Continue' if all is well. If not, click 'Edit' to return to the previous screen.

Step 13

Read the Terms of Use and click 'Accept The Terms of Use.'

Step 14

Check your email for a confirmation. Your listing should appear within 15 minutes.

Tips & Warnings

  • For additional assistance, visit the Craigslist Help Desk Forum (see Resources below).
  • To control your privacy and flow of traffic, do not post the specific address of your listing.
  • Be concise to get your message across to prospective renters. List number of bedrooms, bathrooms and be specific about other rooms and amenities for residential listings. For office/commercial rentals, don't forget to list which business amenities are included (e.g. reception area, elevators, storage space, office equipment, common areas shared with other tenants, etc.). If there are common areas being shared by tenants, be sure to list the types of industry/business represented by existing tenants.
  • Remember to indicate whether there are broker fees or any additional deposits or fees due at lease signing.
  • Some postings are not free (for example, NYC apartments).
  • Check your listing for discriminating phrases (e.g. no kids, students preferred) that refer to race, gender, age, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.