To find homes for rent in the South Side of Chicago, visit a rental search site such as Individuals can search the website by ZIP code or neighborhood, minimum cost, maximum cost, number of bedrooms, and number of bathrooms.

Decide what area in the South Side of Chicago you want to live, then visit the neighborhood to ensure it meets your requirements, The Cheat Sheet suggests. Search for the ZIP code related to this neighborhood, and refine your search results based on income and family size.

The Cheat Sheet recommends spending no more than 30 percent of your monthly income on rent. Use this number as the maximum amount in the search engine. Type in the number of bedrooms and bathrooms needed, then select homes that meet these requirements. Contact the owners or landlords for more information about each available property. Ask the owners if they have a minimum credit score requirement, and make sure your credit score meets the minimum.

Visit each home, look for visible damages and take photos of every room. Talk to the landlord about what damages are covered under the contract. Read the lease carefully before signing anything, and do not rely on oral agreements. Get all agreements in writing before you begin renting the home, suggests.