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How to Find the Perfect 55+ Rental Home

by Susan Quilty on 233 Comments

    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.

233 comments

  1. Dear Nancy & Dale Cooley,
    You can find information right here on this website.
    Go to the “Home” page and put in the State you wish to explore.
    The locations are on the right side of the page…click on the City and it will show you communities in that area.
    If you need any other assistance – just ask!
    Goldie

  2. retired couple looking to rent a furnished aplace in the area of Tampa, Florida. This would be just for the mont of February. We are going to see if we like it. If we then we will probably go longer next time. This is for 2/2016
    Thanks

  3. Looking for a 55+ furnished home to be rented for the month of February and March of 2016 in Central part of Florida, or the West Coast of Florida.
    Thanks
    Lillian

  4. Looking for a rental, Jan-March, needs to be pet friendly! We have a poodle, does not shed and very well mannered . Looking on East coast. Thank you

  5. I have a house to rent: 2 beds 2 baths 1,472 sqft
    Beautiful, fully remodeled 2 BR / 2BA attached home at Lakewood Villas in Nalpes, Florida.
    Light and bright through out, high quality, European Designer remodeling.
    Open floor plan, brand new stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, new floors, new doors, new kitchen and baths, recessed lighting, and more!
    https://www.facebook.com/NaplesFloridahomeforrent?fref=ts

    If you are not on Facebook, you can contact me for pics and info.
    JD

      1. Maureen….Where? Please be specific and provide your email information so someone can contact you.
        Thank you.

    1. Hi JD – what do you charge for rent from December through March? My husband and I are looking for a place for approximately 3 months to look around the area and possibly buy a winter home.

  6. Searching for a condo/villa/home in the Bradenton/Sarasota area from December through March, 2016 to rent. No pets, very clean.

  7. Need a save, budget friendly, curtesy bus because I do not drive,elevator or guard gated. This would be my perminent apartment.

    Thank you

    Rose manzi

  8. My husband and I are first time renters and would like to rent from January 1- March 31, 2016 in the southwest area. We are very neat, do not smoke and have no pets.

  9. Looking for a home for the months of Jan and Feb to see if we like being here for the winter we have a little dog.

  10. Hi ..We are looking for a 2_month rental in The Villages or Rotonda,Florida For 2016. Does anyone know of any?

  11. I am looking for a safe place to rent in 2016 January, February, and March. Has to be clean and nice. 1 bedroom, 1 bath since it’s just me who will be renting. Want to stay in the Orlando area, somewhere near downtown or close by. For a 1 bedroom looking to pay no more than $500/mo. I would be willing to share space with another female if I could get a two bedroom for a responsible price.

  12. My husband and I are looking for a 2 bdrm. in the Tampa area from March 1, 2016 to April 15, 2016. We would like to be close to a beach. Need pet friendly for our Westie. Need smoking outside. We never smoke inside our own home. It could be within 10 miles of Tampa. price will be a factor of course. Looking for no more than $1500. per month

  13. Looking for 1 bedroom and bath.we don’t smoke, we don’t have any pets.
    We are interested in the Sarasota area for January and February 2016. Close to the beach.

  14. My husband and I are looking to find a place in Florida from Feb.- March. Due to health problems, I need to be in the warmer area vs. Michigan where we live now. We can’t afford the BIG bucks that many charge for Florida rent for the winter. About the most we can afford is about 2K a month. ANd we would like to find a place where there is lots of activities.

  15. Looking to rent a furnished two-bedroom for Feb. & March, 2016, for my wife and I, (no pets, non-smokers) in an active 55+ community in the space-coast area. No further north than Titusville. Rent, less than $2500 per month.
    Thank you for your time.

  16. My husband Ken, my brother Joe, and myself are looking for a rental 55 & over community mobile home from jan 1, through April 1, 2015.. Thank you.

  17. will rent or lease yearly if rent is under 600.00 a month. we would like the Sarasota beach area or around there. We can furnish. would prefer in an active senior community.

  18. looking for 1-2 bedroom on or near water Jan, February and March, pet friendly, no more than $1000.00 monthly 55 + community between palm coast and coco beach Florida.

  19. My husband and I are looking to rent for the months of January,February and March 2016. We have a small 24 pound dog so it needs to be pet friendly. We would like to rent in the Fort Meyers area. We do not want to spend more than 1500 to 2000 dollars a month. We are non smokers. A community of 55 and older would be great.

  20. Looking for rental anywhere in FL. Prefer central but will consider other. We are non smokers, have a small poodle who is friendly and well mannered. Our budget allows up to $1000.00 a month for Jan – March, 2016. We rented for years in FL but house sold. We don’t want to miss winter in FL again this year.

  21. looking for 1 or 2 bedroom for Nov 1 2015 to March 30 2016 in Fort Myers area. Non Smokers No pets 55+ community preferred.

    1. I am looking to rent in Century Village Deerfield, Florida, the month of Jan. February, 2016. ! bed. 1bath, well furnished, with a Hide bed to sleep in , In case I have a friend over,

      Thank you
      Eva

  22. Patricia looking to rent in 55 community Jan 1st to March 31 North Fort Meyers area 2 Bedrooms cable TV community center activites
    $1000.00 to $1500.00 per month. Hope to hear from you soon

    Patricia Johnson
    Whitman Ma

  23. looking for 3 bedroom & 2 bathroom house for rent in new jersey need a train or bus not far from the house and not in city area SUB AREA

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