To find homes for rent by the owners, ask friends and family for references, use online rental services to search and research the rent prices in the geographical area. The best websites for finding such homes include, and Rent Jungle, according to the Huffington Post.

Many renters find suitable homes through friends, family and other acquaintances when they do not use realtors. They might know someone with a property to rent. Before renting a home without the guidance of a real estate agent or broker, renters should canvass the local area to determine reasonable rent rates and other standards of leasing homes, as these details can differ from one place to another.