Before You Rent

Preparing to rent in Santa Cruz

Getting Started:

Determine your budget:

  • Renting in Santa Cruz county is expensive. Not only do you have your rent, but also you will be responsible for (your share of the) utilities, transportation, food, and household maintenance, etc. Be prepared; landlords usually ask for the first month of rent plus a security deposit. A typical security deposit is equal to one month of rent, but can be up to two months' rent for an unfurnished unit or up to three months' rent for a furnished unit.
  • Rental Forms and Rental Laws: these pages will give you additional resources as a Santa Cruz renter