Renting 101, A Guide to Successful Apartment Living

While this guide was developed for a San Diego based audience, the guidance can be tailored to any community.

Through a collaboration between CSH and the Southern California Rental Housing Association (SoCalRHA), a helpful new resource is now available to guide new or returning renters through the often confusing and sometimes overwhelming process of leasing a home and remaining safely and stably housed for many years.  

The combination of quality housing and support services (supportive housing) provides the stability and support many people need to thrive. Available in both English and Spanish, Renting 101, A Guide to Successful Apartment Living provides tips, suggestions and recommendations intended to help anyone transition from a variety of circumstances to living in affordable/supportive housing.

The impetus for this guide was born out of a partnership between CSH and the County of San Diego Behavioral Health Services' advisory Housing Council. As part of its annual work plan, the Housing Council prioritized enhancing informational and educational housing resource materials to help lower income and/or disabled residents and persons rehousing after experiencing homelessness with finding, leasing and then successfully retaining safe, healthy rental housing.

Here is a sampling of quick tips you will find in this Renting 101 guide:

  • Living in close proximity to others in an apartment setting often requires drawing on social skills, tolerance, and discipline to create a positive experience.
  • Respect the rights of others.
  • Keep your apartment clean.
  • Establish communication and a good working relationship with the landlord or property manager.
  • If you have questions about your lease, talk with your property manager.
  • Be a good neighbor.

A special thanks to SoCalRHA for their work on this guide, and their partnership in this educational effort.

About SoCalHRA & CSH

SoCalRHA is the leading trade association serving the rental housing industry in Southern California. The Association provides education and advocacy to individuals and companies who own, manage or provide services to the rental housing industry, and has been doing so for nearly 100 years. CSH has been working for nearly 30 years to advance solutions that use housing as a platform for services to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources and build healthy communities. The two organizations are a natural to partner in developing a guide that helps build a healthy tenant-landlord relationship and teach others how to be successful renters.

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