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Until recently, the rental market in San Francisco continued to be strong with good properties renting easily. But there is a sizeable inventory, and the economic slowdown seems to be having an effect on rents as well. The SOMA area has been especially hard hit, with many landlords offering incentives. By all means use the free searches first, before paying a rental access fee to an agency. Unless you do not have a car, think carefully before renting something without a parking space. Parking is a real headache in this city, and street parking is usually difficult.
- Craig's List: By far the best rent online rent resource, at all price levels. Also postings for rooms and roommates. See craigslist.org
- San Francisco Chronicle: The city's major newspaper. Good list of rentals online. See sfgate.com/rentals
- MetroRent: A large fee-based company with a sizeable rental inventory. See metrorent.com