How to Post a For Rent Ad on Craigslist

Craigslist is fast, easy, and free

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The Internet is a great place to find tenants for your rental property. Some sites make you pay a fee to post your ad, but Craigslist is free and posting is easy. These simple steps will have your ad up in no time so you can begin screening new tenants for your rental.

Access the Site 

Go to or on your web browser. Either URL will take you to the site. Click on the state or location where your property is located on the right side of the page.

Create an Account 

It's simple to create an account with craigslist if you don't already have one. You'll have to provide a valid email address and create a password. In addition, Craigslist will often require that you validate your account by linking it to a phone number. You must also agree to the Craigslist terms of use in order to enable your account. Then you can log in to your account. 

Preliminary Steps

There should be a tab on the top that says "new posting." Click on this link. You'll now be given a choice as to what location you'd like to "post your new ad in." Click on the appropriate area and click "go."

Now you have another choice to make. What type of classified ad are you posting? Click on "housing offered" and hit continue.

You'll choose a category for your housing on the next screen. Craigslist offers several options, including apartments for rent, rooms and shares, sublets, and temporary and vacation rentals. Assuming this is a traditional rental, you'd choose “apartments for rent” and hit continue.

City-Specific Steps 

Some areas, such as New York City and Chicago, require a couple of extra steps. Assuming you own the property you're hoping to rent out, you would next click on “apartments by owner” when prompted and click continue.

The next screen gives you the option of an area of your city to post the ad to. Click on the area that best describes the location of your property. For example, some choices in the New York City area are Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Long Island, and New Jersey. If your property is located in Brooklyn, click Brooklyn and continue.

You can skip these steps in most locations. After choosing the category for your property, you'll be taken directly to the page where you can create your ad. Otherwise, you'll move on after selecting your location.

Create Your Ad 

Fill out all the required fields, including the rent you're asking, street address, and property description. Uploading pictures of the property is a must because many people won't reach out about an apartment if they can't see pictures of it first.

Craigslist will automatically anonymize your email address. You can change it to show your actual email address if you like but there's always the possibility of having your email address picked up by spammers.

Click "next" when you've finished writing your ad. You'll have one more opportunity to review it before it goes live. Hit "continue" when you're satisfied with it. 

Is Your Ad Live?

It can take to up to two hours before your ad is live on the site. You can go back to Craigslist to check. Click on the area where your property is located on the right. Under housing, click on “apartments/housing." Now type the address of your property in the search bar at the top. If your ad appears, you're all set.

Some Tips

You'll have to wait 48 hours if you want to post another ad.

Your ad will remain live on the site for 45 days. Craigslist offers you an opportunity to repost it when it expires. You can see the ads you've posted by going to the "Your Postings" tab after you've logged in. You can go to the expired ad and simply hit "repost" to post the same ad again.

Don't neglect to take down all ads for the property after your vacancy has been filled. Again, go to the "Your Postings" tab after logging in, find the ad, and just click remove.