When you book through HousingAnywhere, you are charged the first month's rent, plus our one-time service fee. This combined total is charged immediately when a booking request is accepted. For more information what happens to your first month's rent, and how you are protected as a tenant by our secure payment guarantee, please click here.
HousingAnywhere only transfer the first month’s rent to the advertiser 48 hours after you move in, so the one-time service fee is the only payment HousingAnywhere charges. However, as soon as you book with an advertiser, they become your landlord and may request further payments from you via the security of the HousingAnywhere platform. We recommend asking the advertiser before completing your booking about further costs, and both how and when they want these payments made, e.g. deposits, or any other fees stated in the listing.
We suggest asking your landlord to send you payment requests (beyond the first month’s rent) in the chat, for reasons you can read about in this FAQ