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Here are 5 apps to help you find a room, house to rent

If you’re looking to move house, and want to find a suitable rental property or shared accommodation, these apps can help you find the right fit.

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2017, 06.30 AM IST
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Whether you’re looking for an independent or shared accomodation, there is help at your fingertips with apps to help you find a rental home.
Whether you’re looking for an independent or shared accomodation, there is help at your fingertips with apps to help you find a rental home.
Buying a property vs renting is a never-ending debate, but the outcome depends largely on your income and circumstances. If you’re looking to move house, and want to find a suitable rental property or shared accommodation, these apps can help you find the right fit.

99ACRES
Created by the popular property search portal 99acres.com, this app offers the same user experience as the website, on the go. The app, which is free for Android users, allows you to browse properties for rent, along with high quality pictures, videos and maps. It is best known for the numerous options it provides, with listings of around 10 lakh properties across the country. It also promises instant contact between landlords and interested tenants through phone calls, texts or e-mail.

MAGICBRICKS
Another app version of a property portal, MagicBricks uses GPS to zero in on your preferred location and helps you search for properties across all major Indian cities. It boasts a simple, intuitive interface that lets you contact homeowners with just a tap. Though it caters primarily to property buyers and sellers, renters can also use this app to their advantage. You can set alerts for when properties that matches your preference become available, and let the app do the rest.

NOBROKER
This app stands for what everyone looking to rent wants to do: cut the broker out of the equation. It lets you find and rent a house without paying any brokerage. Most of us feel that having to pay a hefty brokerage fee is unfair. The NoBroker app resolves this by letting home owners list their properties easily and then putting them in touch with potential tenants. You can contact the homeowner directly through the app after shortlisting a property.

FLATCHAT
This app provides a platform where homeowners and potential tenants can share their location, find contacts in their vicinity and chat with them. It also allows you to sign up to find suitable flatmates to share a rental with. This can make the otherwise difficult process hassle free, since you can find people with the same budget and location preference as you, as well similar hobbies and habits. So far, the app is only functional in Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai.

NESTAWAY
This app’s appeal lies in the fact that it offers many fully furnished rental options with standardized amenities, and NestAway takes responsibility for making sure that these are in working order. Once you shortlist a property, you can schedule a visit through the app, saving you the trouble of calling and coordinating with owner or agent. The app stores important documents like rental agreements and receipts for easy access. It also allows you to book your preferred accommodation instantly, with just a few taps.
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