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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Part of the problem is that Little Havana remains a working-class neighborhood, where 80% of residences are occupied by renters and more than 87% of rental properties are priced at less than $1,000 a month, according to Mullerat's study. Alan Gomez, USA Today, "Before Super Bowl, Miami's Little Havana faces exodus of Cubans, pressure from developers," 31 Jan. 2020 The plan is targeted to renters and lower-than-average users of electricity. L.m. Sixel, Houston Chronicle, "Yet another way to buy power: Flat monthly fee," 13 Jan. 2020 Rising housing costs have put a squeeze on renters and buyers as older apartments and mobile home parks have been demolished for high-end options. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Tempe election: Mayoral and City Council candidates sound off at Republic debate," 16 Dec. 2019 Homeowners, renters and businesses can register for disaster assistance before visiting a recovery center. USA TODAY, "Operation Santa, missing Jesus, Future the rhino: News from around our 50 states," 12 Dec. 2019 He was celebrated by renters and some affordable housing groups for securing greater tenant protections while on the council but has also long been spurned by urban planners for opposing high-density housing near transit. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "There’s a plan to fix the DMV’s affordable housing crisis. But a key player’s not on board.," 20 Nov. 2019 Council Member Rebecca Noecker praised the focus on families with young children in schools with high levels of renters and transience. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul City Council approves array of affordable housing initiatives," 13 Nov. 2019 The state has 17 million renters, and more than half of them spend at least 30% of their income on rent, according to a legislative analysis of the proposal. San Diego Union-Tribune, "California governor signs law capping rent increases," 8 Oct. 2019 Some Central Florida lawmakers are taking another crack at imposing protections for renters and lifting the state’s law against rent control, a move supporters argue would help more people find affordable housing. Caroline Glenn,, "With Orlando rents averaging $1,217, lawmakers renew push for rent control and tenant protections," 8 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of renter

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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28 Feb 2020

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“Renter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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