Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Rental House Search in León - How easy is it?

Recently we received an email from one of our readers who was looking for a furnished house to rent here in León. They had read our previous blog about our search and discovery of our little house that we found online (you can read about it by clicking here). They checked out the online websites to look for a small rental but they weren't able to find anything available. I wasn't very surprised that they couldn't find anything available online because most of the available houses are NEVER listed.  León has a lot of "rooms" available for students (after all it is a University town) but very few furnished, vacation and long-term rental homes (unlike Granada which has a lot of homes to choose from).

So how can you find out about available rental homes in León? Simply put - you have to conduct your search at ground level.... This means walking around a neighborhood that you like and looking for signs that say "For Rent" or in Spanish "Se Aquila" or "Se Renta". Be prepared that you may walk through an entire neighborhood and see no signs posted but that doesn't mean that there aren't any homes available... So how do you find these hidden gems? You have to ask around. Talk to the families that run the local pulperia. They usually know what is happening on their street. Ask people in the neighborhood - people you pass on the street. For example, we saw the house that is pictured below and stopped to photograph it and a passerby told us that it  was still for rent but that it is also rented furnished. Often times they know someone that has a house available.

You may find that it can take a few days or weeks of combing the streets so be patient - you can find what you are looking for.

House for rent in Guadalupe