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 a series of focus groups, landlords cited the financial risks of participating in the program and lingering discord with city government, where the City Council has passed several new laws favorable to renters. Vernal Coleman, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, King County look to Atlanta program to entice landlords to rent to homeless, but can it work here?," 26 Dec. 2018 The cities in this cluster have higher rates of homelessness than other parts of the country, as well as higher average rents; nearly half of all renters in these cities are rent-burdened, based on the report’s findings. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "How rising rents contribute to homelessness," 14 Dec. 2018 Abode Communities Homeownership remains increasingly out of reach for more and more Americans, yet homeowners reap most of the country’s tax savings and benefits, which do not apply to renters. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can a federal tax credit help rent-burdened Americans?," 20 July 2018 There is a lack of affordable housing for renters and buyers, and housing is becoming more expensive, the mayor, Mark Johnson, said. Jen Fifield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Promise of outdoor activities pulls new residents to rural areas," 19 Apr. 2018 That’s about 25 times higher than the median net worth for renter households ($36,000). Gene Balk / Fyi Guy, The Seattle Times, "Seattle household net worth ranks among top in nation — but wealth doesn’t reach everyone," 19 Feb. 2019 Without rent control, proponents say, low-income renters may be forced to move away from National City, perhaps out of the county and as far south as Tijuana. David Hernandez,, "Rent-control measure qualifies for ballot; National City to dismiss lawsuit," 6 July 2018 According to the report, a resident earning the median renter wage would need to work 62 hours a week to afford a two-bedroom apartment. Colleen O'dea,, "As N.J. rents continue to rise, finding an apartment becomes even harder," 24 June 2018 Many of the Valley’s newest rental complexes are offering renters deals to help them fill vacancies before other new apartments under construction open and lure them away. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Phoenix renters finally seeing better deals, thanks to the many new apartment complexes," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of renter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of renter

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

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