How to Find the Perfect 55+ Rental Home

by Susan Quilty on December 13, 2010

    Many online sources are available to help snowbirds find the perfect winter retreat.

Many online sources are available to help snowbirds find the perfect winter retreat.

Each winter, snowbird retirees flock to warmer climates. There they will bask in the sun and put thoughts of snowstorms and heavy coats out of their minds. But before they can make their seasonal migration, these snowbirds first have to secure a home for the winter.

For snowbirds who do not own a second home, vacation rentals are a common way to spend the winter in a sunny southern locale. Yet, first-time snowbirds and those looking for a rental home in a new area may not know where to find out about extended stay homes, especially if they are hoping to find a rental home within a 55+ community.

Rental homes that are located in 55+ communities are often rented out by their owners, instead of being handled through real estate agents or other institutions. As such, most owners are looking for long-term renters, and would prefer to have the same people stay in their home through the whole season. Renters who like a house may come back to it year after year, but others prefer to try out different locations each year. Fortunately, there are a few resources available online to help snowbirds track down rental homes.

VRBO.com — VRBO (Vacation Rentals By Owner) is designed for anyone who wants to rent a vacation home. You can browse by location and check availability for your travel dates. Although the site does not give you an option to search specifically for 55+ communities, those who are search engine savvy will find that advanced search operators may help narrow the prospects. For example, going to Google.com and typing [ site:vrbo.com “55+ community” ] will bring back listings on vrbo.com which include the phrase “55+ community.”

SnowbirdCondo.com — This rental home website is designed specifically with snowbirds in mind. Featuring rental homes in the southern United States, South America and nearby islands, Snowbird Condo helps renters find several types of homes including condos, villas, townhomes and single-family homes. You can even sort by the number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, or the property’s pet policy.

SnowbirdHelper.com — As a site created for snowbirds, Snowbird Helper includes a lot of information for winter travelers, including its own listing of rental homes in popular snowbird markets. The main list is arranged by state (or country for international listings) and each rental has its own link to a web ad with more information.

Many snowbirds also find great rental opportunities through word of mouth. By getting to know other snowbirds, you can share your experiences, learn from each other and tap into a great resource for finding future rental recommendations.

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Kathy April 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

My husband and I are looking for an active 55+ community to rent for winter of 2015. We do not smoke, we are 62 years old, and I have rheutoid arthitis and definately nned to get OUT of this cold. At the present time, we have am 8# Maltese dog. We would prefer Jan=March of 2015,, however the rent that is being advertised is really high. We offer ownership care for your home/mobile home to be given ownership care, please contact me. Thanks in advance,

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Kathy April 22, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Forgot to add., we are looking in the Florida area.

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Barbara May 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

Kathy…Check out “The Villages”

Jackie October 18, 2014 at 7:31 am

Hi,
My name is Jackie and I just purchased a condo last year (2013) and renovated it. It is now available for Jan.

Good Luck.

Neal October 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

We have a 1 bed room sleeps 6 1st floor from Jan.thru March 2015 pet friendly Panama city fl. gated comm.

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Lisa May 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

My husband, myself (both 55+) and our boarder collie are looking to rent for the month of February 2015. We are flexible on the area. We are concentrating on the St. Petes, Clearwater, Dunedin area. We do not need to be on the gulf. It is difficult to find a site that covers our criteria.

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Neal October 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

We have a 1 bed room sleeps 6 in Panama city Fl. app. 150 yards from ocean for Rent Jan. thru march 2015.

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Jay & Brenda May 3, 2014 at 6:44 pm

DO YOU HAVE THE PLACE FOR US??? So many places & websites to check out…60 yr. young Ontario Canada couple wishing to get away from the Great White North..at least for a few months to Florida….we can drive there!!! Looking to find our retirement winter escape. Husband loves to fish so a place that has a marina option would be great…with just a little fishin’ boat! Condo rentals of 2+ bedrooms or MH parks would be considered. Family with grandkids would love to visit us! Non-smokers! No Pets! Looking at Jan-end of April 2015 for rentals with purchase as an option.

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Barbara May 5, 2014 at 9:13 am

Check out “The Villages”. They have fantastic rentals!

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Mary May 4, 2014 at 11:11 am

Two active non smoking seniors searching for a snowbird rental. Feb/Mar or Jan/feb/mar. We are golfers. We would like Central or East Coast (Vero on down)

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Dar Black May 4, 2014 at 10:48 pm

My Husband & I are looking for a rental in sun city Alianti nv. Looking for a 2-3 bedroom,2 bath, 2 car garage. We are in our 60’s. We don’t smoke, drink or have any pets. Looking for long term. We live on a fixed income. Our price range is $850.00 to $1000.00 a month. Looking to move the end of May. Thank you

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Charlie O May 18, 2014 at 11:14 am

Wife and I are looking for a 1 bedroom, king size bed, in the Lake Havasu area. It can be a double wide mobile home or single family unit. We would like the price range around 1000 to 1200 per month. We plan to stay about 2 months. We are retired, have a jack russell dog. Will arrive the first week of Jan. 2015 and stay until end of Feb. 2015. Thanks for any help from anyone, as this is our first time getting out of the snow and cold.

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Joyce May 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I am looking for a rental for Jan, 2015 in an over 55 community in FL. I’d appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks

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Goldie May 20, 2014 at 7:28 pm

Joyce…check out “The Villages”

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Helen Yurchak May 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Married couple 55+ looking for Apartment or House to Rent. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, garage or basement for storage. Reasonable Price in Middlesex County.

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Goldie May 20, 2014 at 7:37 pm

I wish Del Webb had condos or senior apartments for rent.
At my age, I don’t want the bother of maintaining a home.

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Lynda Angel May 21, 2014 at 8:44 am

Please call for property at lake Oconee

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Ellen May 23, 2014 at 10:27 am

I am a 62 year old widow with a home in Hemet, CA which is fine for winter. I am looking for a 1 to 3 month rental on the east coast to be near my children in Ohio and Virginia and where they would visit. . It would have to have a pool and a club house with activities as I enjoy bridge and other card games. Any ideas anyone?

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Ellen May 23, 2014 at 11:02 am

I am sorry I misstated my age, it is 81. No pets, non smoker, etc.

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Robert Noer May 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

My wife (76) and myself (77) would like to rent a 2 bedroom house or mobile home in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area for the month of January.

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William May 28, 2014 at 8:07 am

We are looking for a unit to rent in a 55+ park in Florida from Jan 1 thru March 31. ( We rented in Utah last year but would like a park setting with scheduled activities, etc.) We recently had one that we rented then got an email 5 weeks later from the owner saying the association said we had to rent it for longer, so we backed out. Other frustrations are that owners realtors do not answer emails. We are looking in the 850.00 to 1000.00 range per month. The unit needs to be furnished. If a condo type setting would prefer 1st floor but not necessarily.

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Neal October 20, 2014 at 11:06 am

We have a 1 bed room sleeps 6 Panama city fl. 1st floor 150 yards from ocean from Jan. thru March 2015

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barbara murdock October 22, 2014 at 9:07 pm

my husband and I are looking for a 2month rental in panama city fl. prefer oceanfront. 22 pound havanese dog friendly and spayed (6years old).comes with us.

Len June 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

My wife and I a re in our 60’s and would like to rent, poosible buy condo/parkmodel in southern California at a reasonable price?
Len

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Goldie June 10, 2014 at 5:17 pm

Len,
Where in California? It’s an awfully big State!

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Donna July 17, 2014 at 3:36 am

I am 62, widowed and don’t have any pets. Looking to get away this winter to Fla or the Carolina’s. I’m interested in an active retirement community.

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Philip Barrett July 18, 2014 at 7:42 pm

My wife and I are looking to be in Lantana, Boynton
Beach or Delray Florida for January thru March 1915..We are non smokers, have no pets and are very consciences property owners in Rhode Island. Looking forward to warmer climate this winter… Any information regarding this request will be appreciated.. Thanking you in advance.

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Paula July 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Hi Donna check out Summerglen Ocala,FL
we moved 3 months ago and we just love this place.

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Marilyn October 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Where is Summerglen in Ocala? We are going up to the Ocala area (from West Palm Beach FL) next week to look for a possible rental while we make up our mind which development we’d like to settle in permanently before buying something. Thanks for any input.

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Susan August 19, 2014 at 8:17 pm

Thank you for your help in this matter.

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Susan August 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Kindly let us know ASAP

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Susan August 19, 2014 at 8:19 pm

thank you…

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Derald Steinbrecher August 29, 2014 at 5:00 pm

We would like to be around palm coast Florida

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Derald Steinbrecher August 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

We want to be around $1000.00 to &1200.00 per month

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Irwin September 3, 2014 at 2:36 pm

We are looking for a get away, from Florida. for the summers. in preferably in the old new York bourched belt so to speak. Yhere is I was told in a college, that is what I am talking about.

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Judy Hinman September 7, 2014 at 8:02 am

I am looking for a 55 yr or older park to rent for the months of Jan/feb/march 2015.Two bed/two bath would be nice but also i bed/1bath would work.

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Ricky Zicari September 8, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Looking for winter rental, apt or condo . age 74 alone but my daughter will drive me down and stay for a few days to settle me. Would like 2 bedrooms, non smoker, cleaning fanatic, no pets, quiet and will take care of your property. Require a good mattress, TV and wifi and cable. Do not care about pool or beach access. Must be close to stores, restaurants, malls

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Neal October 20, 2014 at 11:13 am

We have one Panama city fl.1st floor one and half mall to mall and stores and restaurant gated comm.

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Kip Tatman September 13, 2014 at 6:31 am

My parents are looking for 55+ furnished rental for Jannuary, Febuary and March in the surrounding Tamarac, FL area. Can be townhouse, ,condo, apartment or single family home. They do not smoke or have any pets. Appreciate any help.

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Neal October 22, 2014 at 7:56 am

Have one in gated comm. panama city fl.

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DJGJ2000 September 14, 2014 at 3:55 pm

Senior 55+ gated community with a community clubhouse.
Need handicap accessible shower.
Ranch. Non-smokers and no pets.
My husband and myself.
We would like to rent for a month this winter, February or March.

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Taylor September 18, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I’m looking for a LONG TERM, 1-2 year lease in the Palm Desert, La Quinta, or Rancho Mirage, California for a early 70’s semi retired woman. Thank you for contacting me. I am available to move in October 31, 2014. Thank you, Taylor

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Bernard September 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Looking for a 55+ active community in Fla. …. rental. long term. 2 BR, or 3, a garage would be a PLUS…..unfurnished either an APT. or House. non-smoker, no pets

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josiane September 23, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I am interested in relocating to Tucson, Arizona sometime in 2015…with 2 small dogs and a cat, I feel that this will be a challenge but vital to my happiness at 68 yrs old. I golf and would love to find a condo/ townhouse near a public golf course or in a retirement community…being near downtown and to the university is best…what are my options? please advise..

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Goldie September 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Dear Renters,
Please leave an email address so folks can contact you.

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Lorna September 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

I have a beautiful park model in Mission, Texas at split Rail RV park. 1 bedroom, Texas room with washer & dryer, screened in porch. 60 steps from pool, hot tub, pool tables & rec hall. 750.00 per month 3 month minimum

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Roger Johnson October 1, 2014 at 8:22 pm

My wife is 63 & I an 64, No pets & don’t smoke. Looking for a 2 bed, 1 to 2 bath condo/villa to rent for Feb. & March 2015 and long term next winter, (2016) in the Ft Myers area for under $2,000.00 a month.

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Wayne burtt October 2, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Two of us I am 68 my girlfriend is 66 we have two small Pomeranian dogs price range from 700 to 800 from January 1st to March 31st furnished thank you Wayne

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Goldie October 5, 2014 at 9:18 am

Dear Renters,
Please leave an email address so we can contact you with property information.

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Rita October 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Looking for a 2 bedroom 2 bath manufactured home in Southern Florida that rents for no more than $1,000 for Jan. and Feb. The property will be well taken care of we also have a small dog who is perfectly trained! This is so confusing – help!

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Gan October 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

Looking for a 2 bedroom 2 bath manufactured or mobile home furnished in a 55+ area in southern AZ Would like to keep rent around $1,000. Non-smoker, no pets.
Getting cold here in MN so would like it from Oct 20 – April 20. Been seeking for some time…..need help! Thanks!

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Joanne October 14, 2014 at 6:08 pm

My husband and I both in our early 70s and I are looking for a 1or 2 bedroom in west palm gardens Florida for the month of Jan,Feb,Mar. up to 1200 a month .

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RJ October 15, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Please help in this matter. Am 55, Looking for one bedroom one level condo or town home in Beach city area of California ( Huntington, Newport, etc) want nice amenities, have 2 small well trained quiet dogs will pay security deposit for them. Need to have washer dryer hook ups.
I need a large attached patio for my outside area.

Would be grateful, need help to re locate due to job.

Thank you.

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Ocean Couple October 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm

Husband and I, retirees, no pets, non-smokers, need Jan.Feb.Mar snowbird rental.,
Immaculate, twin beds, large TV, DVD, 2/2 (preferably) and near the beach. $2,000.
month. Florida’s east coast…Ft. Lauderdale area or up to Palm Beach. No further.Thank you

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maray October 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm

March of this year will be 3 years I have been in Fl. (Delray Beach). The condo that I am renting has been sold so I will have to move out (March).
Since I am on a limited income (S.S.) I have to rent. It would be long term and it can be just about anywhere in Fl. but I prefer to stay within 2 hrs. of Ft.Lauderdale (my daughter lives there).
I am having trouble renting in a active 55+ community as most of them are buyers only. If someone could help me out I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you so much,
Blessings,
Maray

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Linda October 20, 2014 at 6:04 pm

My husband Donald and I are looking for 12+ month rental. We have a 6 y/o male neutered/declawed cat named Mook. We are 68/69 and very active. We are non-smokers with no physical handicaps, very involved with our church and daughter/family. We would like something with a garage for my husbands tools as he still does lite construction. At present we are in WA state as we gave up our rental in El Mirage to live with a brother here, but he passed away Aug 6th and now we need a new home in AZ., WA is way to cold and wet to stay. We will be returning to AZ the 25th of this month . We are on a fixed income. We have good rental history/recommendation from previous realtor. We will give ownership care to any rental. Thanking you in advance.

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Linda October 20, 2014 at 6:06 pm

ADD ON: we would like a 1 bdrm with den or 2 bdrm. 1+ bath if possible. Thanks

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karen October 21, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I am looking for a 1 or 2 bedroom condo/townhome in central florida to rent for my parents for the month of February 2015 as a Christmas present. They have a small dog, 10 lbs, that is very well behaved and travels everywhere with them. Anyone have anything available??

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Neal October 22, 2014 at 7:18 pm

Have a 1 bed room condo Panama city for rent from jan1 thur march31 2015

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