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Alameda County
ALA - Alameda
ALB - Albany
BER - Berkeley
CSV - Castro Valley
DUB - Dublin
EMV - Emeryville
FRE - Fremont
HAY - Hayward
LIV - Livermore
NWK - Newark
OAK - Oakland
PIE - Piedmont
PLE - Pleasanton
SLR - San Lorenzo
SNL - San Leandro
SUN - Sunol
UC - Union City
City Codes
Contra Costa County
AMO - Alamo
ATO - Antioch
BAY - Bay Point
BLI - Bethel Island
BLH - Blackhawk
BTW - Brentwood
BYR - Byron
CLA - Clayton
CON - Concord
CRT - Crockette
DAN - Danville
DBY - Discovery Bay
ELC - El Cerrito
ELS - El Sobrante
HER - Hercules
KEN - Kensington
LAF - Lafayette
MAR - Martinez
MOR - Moraga
OKL - Oakley
ORD - Orinda
PAH - Pacheco
PIN - Pinole
PIT - Pittsburg
PLH - Pleasant Hill
RIC - Richmond
ROD - Rodeo
SPB - San Pablo
SRA - San Ramon
WAL - Walnut Creek
City Codes
Santa Clara County

CMB - Campbell
CPT - Cupertino
GIL - Gilroy
LA - Los Altos
LAH - Los Altos Hills
LG - Los Gatos
MH - Morgan Hill
MLP - Milpitas
MV - Mountain View
MTS - Monte Sereno
PA - Palo Alto
SAR - Saratoga
SCL - Santa Clara
SJ - San Jose
SMT - San Martin
SVL - Sunnyvale
City Codes
Santa Cruz County

APT - Aptos
BCR - Boulder Creek
BNL - Ben Lomond
CAP - Capitola
FEL - Felton
RWE - Redwood Estates
SCV - Scotts Valley
SCZ - Santa Cruz
WAT - Watsonville
City Codes
San Mateo County
ATH - Atherton
BEL - Belmont
BRI - Brisbane
BUR - Burlingame
COL - Colma
DAL - Daly City
EPA - East Palo Alto
FOS - Foster City
HMB - Half Moon Bay
HIL - Hillsborough
LHN - La Honda
MIL - Millbrae
MNP - Menlo Park
PAC - Pacifica
POR - Portola Valley
RWC - Redwood City
RWS - Redwood Shores
SNB - San Bruno
SNC - San Carlos
SNM - San Mateo
SSF - S. San Francisco
WDS - Woodside
City Codes
Marin County
ANI - Angel Island
BLV - Belvedere
BOL - Bolinas
CTM - Corte Madera
DRB - Drakes Beach
FFX - Fair Fax
FLN - Fallon
FKS - Forest Knoll
GRE - Greenbrae
INV - Inverness
IVP - Inverness Park
LAR - Larkspur
MRN - Marin
MLV - Mill Valley
NOV - Navato
OLE - Olema
ROS - Ross
SAM - San Anselmo
SMN - San Marin
SNR - San Rafael
SAU - Sausalito
STB - Stinson Beach
TIB - Tiburon
City Codes
Monterey County
CML - Carmel
MON - Monterey
PRU - Prunedale
SAL - Salinas
SEA - Sea Side
City Codes
Napa County
NAP - Napa Nap - Napa
City Codes
San Bernardino County
HOL - Hollister TRA - Tracy
City Codes
San Francisco County
SF - San Francisco SF - San Francisco
City Codes
Solano County
ALL - Allendale
BEN - Benicia
BHN - Binghampton
BLG - Birds Landing
CLL - Collinsville
COR - Cordelia
DEN - Denverton
DIX - Dixon
DOZ - Dozier
ELM - Elmira
FAR - Fairfield
GVE - Green Valley Estate
SCY - Suisun City
VAC - Vacaville
VAL - Vallejo
VAH - Vallejo Heights
City Codes
Merced County
LBS - Los Banos LBS - Los Banos


  1. Consider those properties that most appeal to you based on location, price, features, etc. as provided on your listings. Drive by the properties, if you like what you see, and if you like the neighborhoods call the contact phone numbers that are provided on your listing sheets. You will notice the abbreviation: DNDT (Do Not Disturb Tenant) on some of the listings. Please, as a general rule, do not knock on doors unless you have a prearranged appointment. If you' re really interested in a rental be sure to call as soon as possible to make an appointment with the owner or manager. Some apartments will have a manager on site that you may speak with immediately. Remember, many units rent quickly so make your calls as soon as you possibly can.
  2. When you call for appointments you will find you'll have to leave messages from time to time. Be sure to tell the landlords that you found their rental through Bay Area Rentals. Let them know that you have driven by the property, that you like it, and that you would like to meet with them as soon as possible. This is usually better than only leaving your name and number, and should give them a reason to call you back sooner because they know you have more information on the property than someone who called from the newspaper.
  3. Whenever possible, concentrate your search on those rentals that are going to be available in 2 to 4 weeks or more. You can eliminate a great deal of competition by seeing properties before they are in the newspapers, increasing your chances for success. If you have only a short time in which to find a rental, its useful to remember that we have a number of landlords that list with us exclusively and do not put their properties in the paper.
  4. It is 100% a landlord's market this year, making it extra tough to find a rental, especially if you have pets. Dogs can make it more difficult to find a rental, and sometimes cats make it difficult as well, (although less so ). Currently, you can probably expect an average of about 10% to 15% of the listings to read "OK" or "MB" (maybe) under the pets column. We have found that the Santa Clara Humane Society has been helpful in providing information to landlord s and renters that are pet owners. They have information such as pet resumes, pet questionnaires and pet agreements which both landlords and pet owners may find helpful.
  5. We call to verify the availability of our properties frequently, you always need to allow for an average of approximately 15% or so of them to be rented already. Rentals move very quickly in this market, sometimes in a matter of hours. We try very hard to keep our database as current as we can, but 100% is just not possible. You can expect to be told that some of the rentals are gone when you call. When this happens don't get upset, it's just part of the normal home finding process.

     REMEMBER --
          These are only suggestions for you to try, not guarantees, but they work for many.

ADDRESS  - "Call First" means call property
           owner manager for appointment
X-STREET - Major cross street or major
           parallel street
CITY     - City the unit is located in,
           listed alphabetically
FEATURES - Important details describing
           the rental
COMMENTS - Information about the unit

AVAIL - Date unit available to move in

*Note: Availability and rents are subject to change.

A - Air Conditioning
B - No. of Bathrooms
C - Carpets
D - Drapes
E - Lease
F - Fenced
G - Garage
H - Laundry Hookups
I - Family Room
J - Fireplace
K - Carport
L - Laundry Facility
M - Month to Month rent
N - Recreation Room
O - Partial Utilities
P - Patio
Q - Pool
R - Refrigerator
S - Stove
T - Storage
U - All Utilities
V - Garbage Disposal
W - Dishwasher
X - Acreage
Y - Yard
Z - Purchase Option
AEK   - All Electric Kitchen
BAL   - Balcony
BLNDS - Blinds
DNDT  - Do Not Disturb Tenant
DRM   - Dining Room
GDNR  - Gardener
HWF   - Hardwood Floors
MICRO - Microwave
SF    - Square Feet
W/D   - Washer & Dryer in Unit
0 Bdrms - Studio Unit
APT*    - Apartment
CNDO    - Condominium
CTT     - Cottage
DPLX    - Duplex
XPLX    - Multiple Plexes
HSE     - House
MBH     - Mobile Home
TWH     - Townhouse

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