Frequently Asked Questions

With Rental Beast, you get the best rental inventory, the best search tools and the best service around. We have access to more than 300,000 current apartment listings in the Boston area alone. Our website has detailed reports about Boston neighborhoods and colleges with average rental rates, best schools and restaurants and tools to easily share your apartments with friends and family. And our experienced agents are adept at matching the right properties with the right people. Whether you’re a student looking for a college apartment or a long time lessee searching for your first luxury apartment, Rental Beast offers the most efficient, comprehensive and stress-free experience for apartment hunters in Boston or any other city in Massachusetts.
What is the Rental Beast Advantage?
With Rental Beast, you get the most advanced online search tools accessing the largest and most up-to-date listings and our local rental experts provide personalized service from the start of your search until you move in. We cover the entire greater Boston area so you don’t need to run multiple searches on other sites
What do we mean by Conquer the Apartment Jungle”?
We’re glad you asked. To conquer the apartment jungle means not wasting hours and hours sorting through outdated, inaccurate or unfiltered rental listings. It means not having to work with five or 10 different agents just because you are interested in seeing apartments in five or 10 different neighborhoods. For people searching for an apartment, Rental Beast combines the best online experience with excellent personalized service, made possible because we have the largest most up to date apartment listings, the most advanced online search tools and functionality, and a great group of helpful local rental experts. It means having someone you trust help guide you through the entire rental process. From area recommendations to appointment setting, tours, application assistance, lease signing — even the house warming party — our team of local apartment experts will help you find exactly what you’re looking for…fast. That’s what we mean by Conquer the apartment Jungle.
How does it work?
There are two ways to access the Rental Beast database. You can either use the most advanced online search tools on our website or call our office and speak with a Rental Beast agent. Our advice: Kicking the tires on the website is a great way to check us out. But the fastest way to find the apartment that’s right for you is to call 866-244-6696 and speak to one of our agents who can then interpret your preferences and send you only the best apartment listings by email.
How much does it cost?
Rental Beast charges no membership or user fees. We only get paid once you lease an apartment. And isn’t that the kind of incentive you want your agent to have? Fees are generally the equivalent of one month’s rent but it is not uncommon to find a fee for ½ month’s rent or even less if a landlord is particularly eager to rent. As you can imagine, lower fees are more common during times of lower renter demand such as mid-winter.
How many new apartment listings do you receive each day?
We list between 50 and 300 new Boston area apartments each day. When you sign up for our email alerts you will get instant access to them the moment they are posted.
How often will I get updated apartment listings?
We get new apartments everyday in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Somerville and many other towns and communities throughout Massachusetts. If we have a listing, you have a listing. And once you create a free account with us, we can send you an email whenever one of our new listings is a good match for you.
I have a pet. Can I bring it with me?
Dogs can be a problem for some landlords. We let you know in each listing whether pets are allowed. Cats are usually not a problem and the same goes for small animals that fit in cages or tanks, such as fish and birds, as long as they are legal to keep.
I'm not sure I can afford to get an apartment on my own. What should I do?
Consult our Rent Calculator to see what you should be able to afford.
I have bad credit. Is it going to hurt my chances of securing an apartment?
Well, that depends. There are several ways to work around bad credit. Your personal Rental Beast agent will help you obtain the strategies and advice to strengthen your applications for new apartments, even if you've made mistakes in the past.
When will I know if I have gotten an apartment I applied for?
That varies from landlord to landlord, but most are fast. They want to get tenants in as soon as they can, so you will usually know within 24 to 48 hours. Our staff can help you follow up if necessary.
What are your hours of operation?
We are open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If you have any additional questions, please contact us and one of our rental advisors will be happy to help you.