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Homes for lease in Orange County, CA

If you are interested in Orange County, CA rentals and leases, you have come to the right place! If you are new to leasing. I suggest you begin by visiting my FAQ (frequently asked questions) page. Many common leasing questions are addressed on this page. There are a wide range of properties available n Orange County, CA, from cozy condos to executive houses with ocean views. To make things easy, I've provided search links by price range and by city. Also, if you are looking for a house with a pool, an ocean view, a larger yard, a one story unit, or a 6 month lease, there are several specialty search links also included on this page. Are you relocating to Orange County and wish to lease before you buy? Call me and I'll start by e-mailing listings to you. Applying for an OC rental home is easy. I'll send you all of the paperwork and will guide you through the entire process! Note: Please include your phone number when requesting any of these homes.

Do you have a pet? If you have a pet and wish to lease a home, please visit my pet-friendly leases page. 

Landlords - If you would like to get your home listed for lease, please visit my page, here: list your home for lease.

Search by City

Where to you want to live? A search by city may be just what you are looking for! Use the following links to search for homes by city. The searches will be in list price sequence and will include condos, town homes, and single family houses. If you would like to estimate commuting time, or see where each city is located, visit my Orange County Maps web page.

Aliso Viejo Dove Canyon Laguna Hills North Tustin    Tustin
Anaheim Hills Foothill Ranch Laguna Niguel Orange/Orange Park Acres Wagon Wheel
Brea Fullerton Lake Forest Placentia Yorba Linda
Corona del Mar Huntington Beach *  Las Flores Portola Hills Canyons (Silverado,Modjeska)
Costa Mesa  Irvine Mission Viejo Rancho Santa Margarita
Coto de Caza Ladera Ranch Newport Beach San Clemente
Dana Point Laguna Beach Newport Coast San Juan Capistrano .Other areas? Call me

* Why is the city of Huntington Beach not included above? Sorry, rentals in the city of Huntington Beach will no longer be listed on my site. The reason is that many HB landlords and their listing agents are offering extremely low commissions to tenant's agents. These commissions are often well below our actual costs to show properties, pay for gas, pay our brokerage, and other expenses. I advise my clients to look for homes for lease in other cities -- thanks for your understanding!

Specialty Searches

Looking for something different? How about a link for single family homes only? Other searches include one story / single story houses and houses with a private pool. There are also searches for properties with panoramic views, ocean views, or with a large yard or lot (8,000 square feet or larger). All of the homes on the following links are single family units, except shorter term leases, which will also include condos and townhomes. The term for these will be less than 12 months, with most being 6 month leases. If you are looking for a fully furnished lease or rental, call me. I'll send you a list.

South Orange County North Orange County Beach & Coastal Areas * 
Single family homes Single family homes   Single family homes  
One story homes One story homes One story homes
Pool homes Pool homes Pool homes
Panoramic views Panoramic views
Panoramic views    Ocean views
Large yard Large yard Large yard
Shorter term rentals Shorter term rentals Shorter term rentals
55+ community . 55+ community
Furnished homes  Furnished homes  Furnished homes 

Want something else? Call me and I'll do my best to help you find what you are looking for!

* Note - Some beach area rentals may have weekly summer (vacation) rates listed instead of standard monthly rates

Home showings

Home showings

Once you have found some homes, my team and I will be happy to arrange home viewings with you. We ask that you please note the following showing policies:

  • Lead time for rentals is typically 30 to 45 days in advance of move-in. Be sure your move-in date is no later than 45 days from the time that we view properties.

  • Showing arrangements are typically made 24 hours in advance, in order to confirm appointments with occupants, plan the route, etc.. While some homes are vacant, many others are occupied, so having confirmed appointments is essential. Please refrain from making last minute changes to a showing!

  • Most leases require good credit. Please let us know your credit scores in advance.

  • For home showings, please try to limit your lease selections to 3 to 5 homes, maximum. 

  • Please also limit the number of cities or areas for showings to same city, or adjoining ones. We will not accommodate requests to show homes all over Orange County.

  • If you have pets, we prefer to work with two, maximum. It is very difficult to get accepted with three or more pets, with very large pets, or certain breeds.

  • It is important to be on time for showing appointments. Showing times are arranged with the home occupants, so being late may mean that we would have to re-schedule the showing. 

  • We will not show properties that offer a sub-standard commission. Most leases are fine, but there are a small number of homes for lease that offer very low, "lump sum" commissions. The amount is often well below our actual costs to complete the transaction. Please understand that we will not be able to show these homes to you.

  • We work very hard for you, so we do ask that work with us exclusively. We respect you as a client, so please respect our time as well. We ask that you do not work with other brokers, Craigslist, or other lease sources while you are working with us -- Allow us to get the job done for you!

What happens next?

Once you have found the right home, you will need to complete an application. This is a two page form that is easy to fill out. We will typically need one application for each person,18 years old or older, who will be living in the home. Along with the application, we will need a full credit report for each working person. The landlord may request other financial information, such as proof of employment, bank statements, or a reference form your current landlord. 

When we have turned in all of the requested documents and you are approved, you will be asked complete the lease agreement (contract) and several related forms. You will also be required to provide a check (usually a cashier's check) for the security deposit and first month's rent. At move in, we will conduct a walk though inspection of the house to note the current condition of the home and any existing issues. You will complete a move in form, known as an MIMO form. This form helps protect your security deposit by noting any existing issues or damage at move in.

Congratulations! You are home!

Where are the highest number of leases in Orange County and how do costs compare?

The following chart shows average monthly rental cost for houses in major OC cities. The statistics were pulled for "average" homes (3 bedrooms, 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, both condos and single family homes) from both closed leases and actively listed homes in 2013. The city of Laguna Beach has the highest average lease cost, followed by Corona del Mar, Newport Coast and Newport Beach. The cities of Dana Point and Coto de Caza also surpass the $3,000 per month average rental cost. The lowest cost leases appear to be in Anaheim, Fullerton, Orange, and Laguna Hills.

Cost chart - OC leases

The next chart shows the number of properties available for lease during the same period. The highest number leases in OC are available in the city of Irvine, followed by Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, and Mission Viejo. Far fewer leases are available in Coto de Caza, Brea, Laguna Hills, San Juan Capistrano, and Newport Coast.

Quantities chart - OC leases

Related links

Pet-friendly leases If you have a pet, this page will feature only the home listings for leases that will accept or consider pets
Leasing FAQ Frequently Asked Questions - Have a question about home leasing? Chances are it's answered here
Can you negotiate a lease? Some practical guidelines for negotiating the rental price
Orange County maps See where each city is located and estimate your travel time between cities
OC schools Where your kids will go to school is very important! Check school ratings here
Luxury level leases Higher end leases starting at $ 8,000/mo are listed on my Luxury Homes page 
List my home for lease If you are a landlord (or wish to become one), here is my page on helping you list your home for lease and on finding a tenant for you

My goal in putting this web page together was to create the ultimate Orange County, CA home leasing page that is both comprehensive and user-friendly. Please enjoy using the web page and when you are ready to lease a home or if you have any questions, call me! North and south Orange County, CA home rentals, including condos and single family homes for lease, Orange County, CA.

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