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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The three most expensive areas in the United States for renters are in the Bay Area. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 Insurance against these disasters come in three policies for homeowners and renters., "How to negotiate insurance before disaster strikes," 8 July 2018 The members sought, in their official capacity representing some 800,000 residents, to register their contention that the property tax system discriminates against minorities and is unfair to homeowners and renters alike. J. David Goodman, New York Times, "Judge Deals Blow to Council in Fight With Mayor Over Powers," 8 Feb. 2018 Income levels for renters will range from $31,290 to $52,920, according to materials the development team submitted to the village. Steve Sadin,, "Affordable housing development gets thumbs up from Deerfield Plan Commission," 2 July 2018 The organization found that to afford a two-bedroom home in the District, renters would have to earn at least $34.48 per hour — nearly five times the federal minimum wage and more than 2.5 times the Di.C. minimum wage. Washington Post, "Police: Remains were," 21 June 2018 The Legislature, last week, approved a bill increasing the maximum penalty renters can recover from $200 to up to twice the amount of the deposit. Richard A. Webster,, "Louisiana landlords to face stiffer penalties for withholding security deposits," 16 May 2018 If anything, renters will just end up paying more and getting less., "Apparently, Millennials Don't Need Or Deserve Apartments With Living Rooms," 30 Apr. 2018 The Chicago Music Store and adjacent newsstand are still there, but many longtime renters can no longer afford to live nearby. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Finding the Soundtrack to My Desert Life," 25 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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