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Boston Apartment Rental Guide

Boston apartment rentals ,rental tipsRenting a luxury apartment, brownstone, or condominium in Boston can be stressful and frustrating if you are not prepared or do not have the expertise of a professional Boston apartment rental firm like First Boston Realty International at your disposal. Our Boston real estate experience and knowledge of the Boston apartment rental market will prove an invaluable tool in making your property search a pleasant and painless endeavor.

We focus on locating Boston area apartment rentals according to the unique needs of our clients. Our exclusive apartment listings and access to other properties by other member brokers enables us to offer an extensive selection of furnished apartments or unfurnished apartment rentals. We are able to offer everything from studio apartments for those on a budget, to luxury penthouse condominiums for those with discriminating tastes.

You should contact us 4-6 weeks prior to your intended occupancy date or earlier if you desire. We will organize your search and work with you in a time-efficient manner, so that only one trip will be necessary to find the perfect home once you arrive in Boston.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals Boston (Furnished)


Short-term furnished rentals give you a chance to become more familiar with the city and its neighborhoods before choosing a permanent place to live. Furnished rentals are also a great option for anyone who knows their stay in Boston will be limited and prefers more than what a hotel can offer. Furnished apartment leases tend to be more expensive than unfurnished apartments and the supply is somewhat more limited.


Tips on renting an apartment in Boston:

Required documents for applying:

  • Application (download)
  • Letter of employment (must be on official company letterhead and state the details of your employment)
  • Copies of your two most recent pay stubs
  • Landlord reference and personal reference
  • Identification
  • Letter of enrollment (if full-time student)

    1. Be prepared to pay up to four times the amount of the rent of the apartment during the signing of the lease. Understand this is not always the case, as you may be able to negotiate this at the time of signing. Normally, landlords will require first month, last month, security deposit and the payment of the broker fee (equals the amount of one month’s rent).

    2. Application fees can range from $25 to $250. This is an administrative fee that goes to the management company of the property you are interested in.

    3. When renting an apartment, you may want to consider the following:

  • How far away is the apartment from my work, school, etc?
  • Is there off-street parking available for me?
  • What is included with the rent (i.e., heat, water, electricity, gas)?
  • Are there laundry facilities in the building or close to the apartment?

    4. Before you sign the lease, please read the document carefully. Make certain the following items are correct on the lease:

  • The beginning date on which the lease takes effect.
  • The expiration date on which the lease will no longer be in effect.
  • The correct rental price.
  • Landlord reference and personal reference.
  • Information about the return of your security deposit.

Download Rental Application