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Fair Housing of Sonoma County
* Counsels you on your fair housing rights
* Investigates discrimination complaints
* Mediates with owners and managers
* Assists with referrals to state and federal fair housing enforcement agencies
* Makes referrals to attorneys for legal help
ALL SERVICES ARE FREE.
REMEMBER: A LANDLORD CANNOT LEGALLY DISCRIMINATE AGAINST YOU BECAUSE YOU ARE A STUDENT!
Rent will vary noticeably from one accommodation to another depending upon factors such as location, size, condition, and special features. Average monthly rents for the Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park/Cotati areas are:
|Shared accommodation (room in home or apt.)||$350-$750|
|Vacant 1 bedroom apartment||$650-$1200|
|Vacant 2 bedroom apartment||$875-$1350|
|Vacant 2 bedroom, 1 bath house||$1000-$1700|
|Vacant 3 bedroom, 2 bath house||$1200-$2200|
There are other factors to keep in mind. More and more apartments in the county are charging residents for water and garbage. Most of them have laundry facilities. Very few apartments in the county accept pets. You must start looking far in advance and expect to pay a pet deposit or even higher rent. When renting a house, all utilities tend to be the responsibility of the tenants and usually only include washer and dryer hook ups.
Rental houses usually require yard upkeep and because there is no property manager on site, repairs can take longer. Be sure to get information from the owner of the house on what to do in case of a maintenance emergency.
Lastly, many students prefer to live close to campus which has resulted in increased competition in an already tight market. Currently, the vacancy rate in the county is approximately 6%.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper publishes a daily classified section listing available rental accommodations as well as real estate for sale. The Press Democrat may also be reached at (707) 575-7500.
Sonoma County Transit
Sonoma County Transit provides general information about public transportation in Sonoma County including bus schedules, fares and maps. Sonoma County Transit may also be reached at (707) 576-7433.
MOVE.com is a national rental listing service, which includes rental properties in communities surrounding SSU.
Provides information on carpooling and alternative transportation in the Bay Area.
Roommates.com is an online resource for people who are seeking a roommate in cities throughout the U.S.S
Provides and online listing of local share rentals as well as vacant apartments and homes.
Website has photos, floorplans and average rental costs and availability of many local apartment complexes.
Pacific Gas and Electric
Offers up to a 20% discount on your bill through the California Alterante Rates for Energy plan to people who qualify based on income and family size.
California Department of Consumer Affairs
Various publications outlining your rights as a tenant. Don't get taken advantage of. Become an informed renter!
Fair Housing of Sonoma County
Provides information and referrals for landlord and tenants reguarding discrimination, laws, and landlord tenant relationships.
Alliance Property Management
Provides lists of vacent rentals available in Santa Rosa.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
HUD offers information on Renting and Fair Housing Rights.
The following rental agencies may be able to help you locate housing. Most charge a fee for their services.
|DeDe's Rentals and
Property Management, Inc.
1150 B Coddingtown Center
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
|Premiere Property Management
746 Second Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
1415 Fulton Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95403