rent·​er | \ˈren-tər \

Definition of renter 

: one that rents specifically : the lessee or tenant of property

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Synonyms & Antonyms for renter


boarder, lessee, lodger, roomer, tenant


landlord, lessor, letter

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Examples of renter in a Sentence

one of the renters called to tell us the hot water heater was broken left our apartment keys at the renter's office just before leaving in the moving truck

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Our graying nation desperately needs to diversify and develop housing for older renters and owners, according to Housing Americas Older Adults, a new report from The Harvard Joint Center on Housing Studies (JCHS). Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 That’s creating a bottleneck for renters who want to buy their first home. Christina Rexrode, WSJ, "The Financial Crisis Changed Home Buying Forever," 7 Sep. 2018 Around 75 apartments have already been vacated by renters who chose to leave after the property was sold in October and renovations began, according to the company managing the complex. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Tenants complain of displacement as new park opens," 10 May 2018 That has led to complaints that renters, public housing tenants, and tourists have nowhere to legally use a legal product. Dan Adams,, "Boston firm offers marijuana-friendly lodging," 11 July 2018 If those façade programs were for homes mostly occupied by renters, merely driving up housing values and contributing to eviction, so be it. Boots Riley, HWD, "Sorry to Bother You Director Boots Riley Takes a Ride Through Oakland’s Changing Landscape," 2 July 2018 Growers pose as legitimate renters, and by the time authorities disrupt their operation, homes have been gutted and trashed. NBC News, "Foreign cartels embrace home-grown marijuana in pot-legal states," 29 May 2018 Sloane Bhatia, who has renters on her property, took shelter with her tenants in the basement. Matthew Ormseth,, "Connecticut Sifts Through Wreckage From Two Tornadoes, Macroburst," 17 May 2018 For Kmetz and other low-income renters, the program is not a failure. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Downtown KC may face 'crisis' shortage of low-income housing. Here's who it will hurt | The Kansas City Star," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of renter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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rent·​er | \ˈren-tər \

Kids Definition of renter

: a person who pays money for the use of something (as a place to live)

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