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Renter Resources 

Renting a property provides you the opportunity to be more flexible on your length of stay and to move more quickly if needed. This can also be a great way to experience homeownership so you are more prepared if you decide to own down the road.

The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® has developed numerous resources to help renters in several aspects of the rental process as well as what to expect from your landlord. Browse the information below to help you learn more.

Renting a Property During COVID-19

COVID-19 has placed unprecedented pressures on everyone, including property owners and tenants. With unemployment rising to historic numbers, many Bexar County residents are concerned about their ability to pay rent or mortgage and what options they have. To learn more about the numerous protections and resources available for you during this time, view the guides and FAQ below.

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Tenant’s Guide to Renting a Property

The San Antonio Board of REALTORS® has created a comprehensive guide to help tenants in the main aspects of renting a property. The objective of this guide is to help tenants during the selection process for housing and provide common standards for renting a property within the bounds of the law. This guide is not a replacement for legal assistance and its usage does not ensure a landlord is protected from violating a fair housing law.

This guide covers:

  • Security Deposits
  • Smoke Detectors
  • Repairs
  • Paying Rent
  • Liens
  • Lockouts
  • Evictions
  • Fair Housing



Renting and Fair Housing

The U.S. Fair Housing Act and Texas Fair Housing Act protect people from housing discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and familial status. In addition, renters may have additional fair housing rights under local ordinances. For San Antonio residents, additional protections include marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, source of income for veterans, and status as a student. In addition, renters may have additional fair housing rights under local ordinances.

Click the guide below to learn more about the protections for tenants under federal and state law.