rent·​er | \ ˈren-tər How to pronounce renter (audio) \

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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In recent years, an oversupply of new buildings gave renters the upper hand. Josh Barbanel, WSJ, "Butler Service and Free Cable No More? Landlords Rethink Concessions as Market Tightens," 14 Feb. 2019 How much does a Florida renter need to make to afford a two-bedroom rental? Johnny Diaz,, "Want that two-bedroom rental in South Florida? You need to make at least $54K, report says.," 16 June 2018 To help, real estate website Trulia is launching Neighborhoods as a guide for buyers and renters. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Trulia Neighborhoods lets you see crowdsourced local reviews of an area before you move in," 14 Aug. 2018 Source: City of Sacramento The Sacramento Bee One complaint is that an out-of-town host can't keep good tabs on renters' behavior. Tony Bizjak And Kellen Browning, sacbee, "The 'hotel' next door: Airbnb rentals face backlash in some Sacramento neighborhoods," 17 June 2018 The renters' locks, which varied in type, on the units had not been cut or damaged, but merchandise from the units was missing, Seuzeneau said. Robert Rhoden,, "No leads in theft of N.O. musician's guitars: police," 12 Jan. 2018 There is no doubt that inequality, already raw, will intensify post-Amazon: People who have however minor a foothold will likely see their property values increase, while others, especially renters, will struggle to pay ever-higher housing costs. Alex Baca, Vox, "I work in urban planning. Now Amazon’s coming to my city.," 20 Nov. 2018 These three apartments offer renters the coveted ability to wash their unmentionables without scrounging for quarters or passive-aggressively trading notes about neighbors in a communal laundry room. Shannon Rooney,, "Three Philly apartments under $2,500 a month - with coveted private laundry," 11 July 2018 In Wisconsin, landlords must respond within five days when renters notify them of problems with detectors, such as a dead battery, according to the United States Fire Administration. Max Londberg, kansascity, "No smoke alarms found in Ozarks home where five kids were killed by fire, chief says," 12 June 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 How to pronounce renter (audio) \

Kids Definition of renter

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

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