Bordering Long Island Sound on one side and New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island on the others, Connecticut is a state with a long and rich history. The mix of large cities and metropolitan areas to the south and small New England towns and villages in the northern corners mean lots of choices for living, and our extensive listings of homes, duplexes, condominiums, and townhouses for rent make it easy for you to find the right accommodations.
Moving to Connecticut
Whether you are looking for a long-term rental in Hartford, a summer home in Greenwich, or a condo on the shore, our rental listings below of houses for rent in Connecticut will help you find it the perfect place to call home.
Connecticut started out as part of a Dutch settlement called “New Netherland” and eventually merging with other, more populous English colonies, into the Connecticut Colony. It was the fifth state formed in the original 13 United States, with its first constitution adopted in 1639. This gained Connecticut the nickname of “the Constitution State”. It is also known as “The Land of Steady Habits”, a name that seems fitting given the state’s history of being socially and politically moderate.
Connecticut was the site for several important events during the Revolutionary War and was a stronghold for the Federalist Party during the early years of the nation. It prospered very early in, with a strong tradition of financial firms and education that continues today, and growing prosperity as it became known for its sea ports, whaling, and textile industries.
The early foundations of education and industry combined to make Connecticut one of the wealthiest states even today. It has the highest percentage of million dollar homes of any state in the eastern US, second only to California nation-wide. This is due in large part to the state’s aerospace industry and number of wealthy residents working or living in nearby states and owning additional homes in Connecticut. One downside to this is a large gap between the richest and poorest income brackets within the state, and ginger costs of living for many low-income residents. When moving to Connecticut, you will definitely need to have a job lined up and research rental rates and the cost of living in the towns you are considering.
Renting in Connecticut
The Connecticut Judicial Branch has published a handbook summarizing the Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants in Connecticut that gives a good overview of laws and rules for renting as well as a website with links to legal information, forms, and other resources for renters.
One unique thing about renting in Connecticut is the Fair Rent Commission. This is just applicable in some cities, which are listed on pages 14-15 of the document above, but it gives tenants a complaint and hearing process in cases where they think the rent is too high or is raised unnecessarily. Since a landlord in Connecticut can raise the rent without notice outside of or at the end of the contract period, this can be very useful when it is time to renew if you are presented with an unfair and unreasonably high rent increase.