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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Office space owners and renters would be wise to take advantage of them. Anchorage Daily News, "BP is leaving Alaska. So what’s going to happen to its big office building in Midtown Anchorage?," 6 Sep. 2019 The mostly three-bedroom units are pegged for families in what’s considered a mixed-income development — 177 units are set aside for renters making less than the area’s median household income of $48,600 a year. Ryan Gillespie,, "Creative Village: UCF-Valencia campus expected to be hottest area for downtown Orlando growth," 7 Aug. 2019 Complaining can backfire One of the only other options for renters stuck in dangerous homes is to call the Marion County Health Department. Tony Cook, Indianapolis Star, "Renters lived 'horrible.' Their landlord lived large. The government helped him do it.," 26 June 2019 The disparity is worse for black and Hispanic renters. Sarah Smith, Houston Chronicle, "Working minimum wage in Houston? You need to work 112 hours to afford a 2BR apartment.," 18 June 2019 But the headline is a new entitlement for 57 million renters that would push prices up, not down. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Cory Booker Wants to Pay Your Rent," 12 June 2019 That's problematic, because housing for very low-income renters requires the biggest subsidies to develop. Ely Portillo, charlotteobserver, "This report shows why so many people struggle to afford housing in Charlotte," 5 June 2018 The new Soap Factory owner, The Barvin Group, hopes the renovated property will offer a midpoint price range for renters downtown. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Tenants complain of displacement as new park opens," 10 May 2018 But for decades, there has been no centralized effort to organize renters on Districtwide issues like single-family home renters’ rights, gentrification and rent control. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Rents are rising, and neighborhoods are changing. Renters mobilized to form a tenants’ union.," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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