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Last updated February 28 2021 at 7:21 PM

298 Cheap Apartments for rent in Novato, CA

Finding cheap apartments in Novato takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of... Read Guide >
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Crooked Oak
130 Cielo Ln
Novato, CA | Southwest Novato
1 Bedroom
$2,510
480 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,790
537 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 04:44 PM
Just off Highway 101 and Highway 39. Recently renovated community featuring granite countertops, hardwood floors and walk-in closets. On-site pool, hot tubs and full concierge service. Garages available. Pet-friendly.
1 Unit Available
864 Tamalpais Avenue
864 Tamalpais Avenue
Novato, CA | Central Novato
2 Bedrooms
$2,495
832 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 10:52 AM
Light and Updated Unit with Fireplace and Deck - This sunny 2 bedroom, 1 bath condo is located in a quiet complex in a park-like setting. It features an updated galley kitchen with quartz counters, Stainless steel range, microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher. The spacious living/dining room combo has a beautifully tiled wood burning fireplace, newer fixtures and a private balcony. The bathroom features a vanity with stone counter top, water-saving high efficiency toilet (HET) and decorator fixtures. Covered parking for one car with private storage. Guest parking and on-site laundry facility. Rent includes water and garbage. No smoking, no pets. Walk to shopping, DMV, library and public transportation. Available Immediately. Shown by appointment only. Do not disturb neighbors. Call for appointment L & L Property Management (415) 339-2000 or leasing agent Diane Morando (650) 867-5345. (RLNE4012075)
1 Unit Available
61 Robinhood Dr
61 Robinhood Drive
Novato, CA | Northeast Novato
3 Bedrooms
$1,500
2375 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 08:30 AM
These are the views you have been waiting for! Incredible 270 degree panorama from Twin Peaks to the Bay Bridge with Downtown and the Golden Gate Bridge in between! This quiet cul-de-sac is a prime North Slope location near restaurants and transportation. 3 Bedroom 2 Bath home with a wonderful floorplan that maximizes the views and incorporates many luxury upgrades. The impressive kitchen with beautiful wood cabinetry commercial grade stove and stainless steel appliances. Click For Video Tour
1 Unit Available
2186 Center Road
2186 Center Road
Novato, CA | West Novato
2 Bedrooms
$1,500
700 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 08:11 AM
Amazing 2 bedroom, 1 bathroom basement apartment in Novato. Please note that this basement is *shared* with the main house (2 people upstairs) and the tenant has their own refrigerator, sink, microwave, and toaster oven. The shared upstairs kitchen is available if the tenant wishes to use the full oven or the stove. In the upstairs of the home there are 2 people living in this home, along with 3 small dogs and 2 cats. Due to how many pets we have, the rental space is not pet friendly. We are quiet and peaceful, and looking for a quiet, drama-free person to join our home. Please understand we do not allow smoking (inside or outside), and overnight guests are limited to 2 nights per week. This space is fully remodeled and ideally for 1 person who works full time outside the home. You have your own dedicated parking spot, as well as a washer and dryer available inside the home for you to share. Amenities included: central heat, hardwood floors, updated bathroom, washer dryer, and yard. Utilities included: electricity, heat, gas, internet and water. Date Available: Feb 1st 2021. $1,500/month rent. $3,000 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page to learn more. This property is managed by a responsible landlord using Avail landlord software.
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11 Units Available
The Lofts at Albert Park
155 Andersen Dr
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,279
300 sqft
1 Bedroom
$1,974
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,736
1541 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 07:11 PM
Bright complex next to Albert Park near the 101. Fire pit and swimming pool on site. Buildings have elevators. In-unit laundry, air conditioning and walk-in closets. Two-story floor plans available.
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4 Units Available
Park Hill
1747 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA | Lincoln-San Rafael Hill
1 Bedroom
$1,922
440 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 06:31 PM
Comfortable apartments have walk-in closets and fully equipped kitchens. Private parking provided. Located a short walk from Mountain Park and near bus routes on Lincoln Avenue.
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11 Units Available
McInnis Park
10 North Ave
San Rafael, CA | Smith Ranch
1 Bedroom
$2,400
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
936 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 06:04 PM
Apartments have unique floor plans. Kitchens are well-equipped and have plenty of counter and cupboard space. Complex has a gym and tennis court. Near the McGinnis Park Golf Club.
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13 Units Available
View at Marin Apartments
300 Channing Way
San Rafael, CA | North San Rafael Commercial Center
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,140
808 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,028
1045 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 04:45 PM
Updated apartments near the 101. Studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Air conditioning and fireplace. Green community with a pool and bike storage.
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8 Units Available
Rafael Town Center
1050 Court St
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,280
354 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,960
906 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 04:45 PM
Located within walking distance of 30 restaurants, 20 retail stores and 10 entertainment centers. Residents enjoy units with dishwashers, hardwood floors, and patio or balcony. Community includes BBQ grill, elevator, fire pit, and pool.
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6 Units Available
Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
1 Bedroom
$2,094
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1065 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 04:44 PM
Situated on lushly landscaped grounds, our beautifully maintained property is within walking distance of shopping, schools, parks, restaurants, hiking trails, and transportation. Spacious one- and two-bedroom apartments feature large redwood decks, ample storage space and newly remodeled kitchens equipped with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Come by today to see why our residents love coming home to Parkside!
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22 Units Available
Highlands of Marin
1001 Cresta Way
San Rafael, CA | Marinwood
1 Bedroom
$2,105
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,844
1060 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,698
1400 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 02:01 PM
The Highlands of Marin offers remarkable amenities, premier resident services, and stylish apartments in San Rafael. Enjoy access to our on-site fitness center, business center, dog park, and swimming pools with cabanas and sun deck. Our apartments feature modern kitchens with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Offering panoramic views of Mount Tamalpais, the Highlands of Marin is close to Highway 101, Smith Ranch Road, and the Dixie School District. Less than one mile away, McInnis Golf Park provides access to several sports fields and hiking trails. Enjoy close proximity to great shopping and dining, escapes to wine country, and convenient commutes to the San Francisco Bay Area. Tour Highlands of Marin today. We are currently offering self-guided tours and virtual appointments.
1 Unit Available
1829 2nd Street
1829 2nd Street
San Rafael, CA | West End
1 Bedroom
$1,795
550 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated February 28 at 07:21 PM
SPECIAL OFFER: 1 MONTH FREE RENT! Video! Preview a custom walkthrough of this property here: https://youtu.be/IEUOfZf66sE (Video is of unit # 5 next door - it is the same layout). UPDATE: Our team is delighted to hear from prospective new residents and we are making every (safe!) effort to virtually or remotely show our properties. This updated 1BD/1BA upper level unit gets a lot of sunlight and boats +/- 550 sq ft of living space. Located just minutes from downtown San Rafael and the San Rafael SMART station. Enjoy the food and shops of downtown San Anselmo and San Rafael and is just 20 minutes from San Francisco. Easy access to HWY 101! The kitchen features nice laminate counters, plenty of pantry space, a skylight, a sink, a refrigerator, an electric stove and oven and a dishwasher. There is a dining area just off the kitchen with features a ceiling fan. The dining area opens to a spacious living room with lots of widows for ultimate light. Laminate wood flooring throughout. Bedroom has a closet with rolling door. The bathroom has a shower/tub combo with single vanity and a window. Outside is a large deck for use by the community, perfect place for relaxing. Also included: 1 covered parking space and 1 storage room. Property has coin-op laundry machines. Water and garbage included in the rent. Available now for a 12 mo lease! If you have any specific questions about this property, please call or text Heidi Smith at (415) 624-8573. CURRENT COVID-19 + SHELTER IN PLACE UPDATE: The team at Foundation Homes Property Management will remain available virtually through the "Shelter in Place" order, providing video walkthroughs, live streaming property tours via FaceTime, online and video consultations, and sharing updates on our social media channels. We continue to monitor and adhere to the guidelines set forth by our local, state and national governments. As a company, we are committed to taking actions that will protect you, our team and our properties. View our latest COVID policies HERE: https://www.foundationhomes.com/covid19-update/ PET POLICY: Sorry no pets. Assistive animals are always permitted and are approved with legal documentation. No Pet Admin fee applies for Assistive animals. Individual terms may vary based on property and management options; pls inquire. ADDITIONAL TERMS: No smoking. Please expect a $49.00 application processing fee per adult. Renter's Liability Insurance required. Filter changing fee/policy applies. QUALIFICATIONS: The units at 1829 2nd Street have slightly lower qualification requirements than Foundation's other properties. In order to qualify for units in this building, every applicant over 18 needs to apply, qualify and be on the lease. Every applicant needs to have a credit score of 650 or higher, the combined gross income needs to be 3 x the monthly rent, and we will collect a 1.5 month security deposit. -------> Join Our Exclusive "COMING SOON" Pocket List for access to MEMBERS ONLY private listings: https://properties.foundationhomes.com/coming-soon———< Foundation Homes: Performance Built Property Management for Results Driven Investors. Listed By: Heidi Smith, Agent Christopher Barrow, Broker Foundation Homes Property Management Leasing ~ Management ~ Sales ~ Investments ****AUTOMATED SHOWING INSTRUCTIONS:***** Please use the following link to view available times and request an appointment 24/7 online: https://app.tenantturner.com/listings/foundationrentalsandrelocationinc -OR- (415) 484- 1940 - Automated Schedule Request Hotline - 24/7 (415) 507-9600 - New Landlord & Relocation Inquiries Need to talk to us? Please call (415) 507-9600 ext 8 for our awesome receptionists. Please call during normal business hours M-F for fastest response! Application Criteria / APPLY NOW: https://www.foundationhomes.com/tenants/apply-now/ Tenant Rental Assistance packages also offered for VIP service. Pls inquire if you'd like priority assistance from our dedicated leasing team: https://www.foundationhomes.com/tenants/#relocation-services AGENTS/BROKERS: If listed on MLS, please consult agent instructions for showing/application instructions. Cooperating compensation varies by listing and is offered only as published on MLS listings, thanks for understanding. Our agency will handle all applications, credit reports, and lease paperwork. PROSPECTIVE RESIDENTS: Tired of management companies that don't call you back? When renting a home professionally managed by Foundation Homes, you'll enjoy a convenient online resident portal, easy rental payment options with 24/7 emergency response and a friendly staff. We sponsor monthly exclusive resident activities + curated giveaways. We have programs to help get your qualified 4-legged family members approved by landlords in our program. We have a concierge utility set up service. We also have a Buyers Program if your ultimate goal is to buy a home. Plus, we call you back. How great is that? LANDLORDS: If you’re still trying to DIY manage your property, we’re in a rapidly changing legislative environment filled with risk for California Landlords. Don’t undervalue your asset with discount or DIY property management that can cost you money, lose you a great tenant, and get you into legal trouble quickly. We're performance built and results driven and can help protect your asset in a changing market. Contact our office today to learn how we can help you: (415) 507-9600 ext 1. OUR MISSION: We help results-driven landlords navigate a changing market by renting properties faster, and for more money, while protecting and improving asset performance so you can forget about the complications of owning rental properties in California and focus on what’s really important: living your best life and making YOUR biggest contribution to the world. OUR COMMUNITY: A portion of every transaction goes to our co-founders' new non-profit, the LifeBoost Charitable Fund, opening later this year. Additional philanthropic beneficiaries of Foundation Homes are Marin Foster Care Association, Cleaning4Kids.org, Marin Humane Society, Adopt-a-Family, Sparkle Foundation...and many more! This property is offered for lease ONLY by Foundation Homes. Please look carefully at all email addresses and phone area codes. If you feel that you are not dealing directly with us or a member of our staff, please call us immediately at our published phone number and we will be happy to verify you are dealing with the correct person who represents this property. If there are terms or requirements that are mission critical to you in renting this property, you are responsible for verifying before leasing the property. The Landlord is only responsible for the terms in the lease. Sometimes popular syndication sites publish inaccurate rental info without our knowledge. We're responsible for ads on our website only; we can't offer the same guarantee of accuracy for any of our ads syndicated on other sites. Any question please call (415) 507-9600 . Thanks for being a savvy consumer! Be safe. Be well. Amenities: Community Deck, coin op on site laundry, 1 Car Parking
1 Unit Available
1135 4th Street - 202
1135 4th St
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$2,000
2 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 06:33 PM
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1 Unit Available
8 3rd Street #5
8 3rd Street
San Rafael, CA | Montecito-Happy Valley
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,150
640 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 10:53 AM
1 Bedroom Walking Distance to Downtown San Rafael - 1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom in excellent location in San Rafael in well maintained building. Walk to Whole Foods and Trader Joes (Montecito Plaza). -Newly Painted -New Carpet -Parking -Large Storage -Water and Trash included in the rent -Mt Tam Sunset -On-site washer/dryer and storage Income should be 3 times the rent amount. Proof of income needs to be shown. (RLNE6445009)
1 Unit Available
21 Davenport Court
21 Davenport Court
San Rafael, CA | Sun Valley
1 Bedroom
$2,250
600 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 10:53 AM
ONE BEDROOM ONE BATH TWO STORY APARTMENT WITH YARD IN SUN VALLEY - Nice one bedroom / one bath two story apartment in side-by-side duplex building with great outdoor space n Sun Valley. Main floor has entry, kitchen with gas stove, living area and new washer and dryer. Upper floor has bedroom and bathroom. Large yard / patio area off of living area and covered parking for one car plus additional uncovered parking if needed. No smokers please or pets please. Tenant(s) is required to have renter's insurance. Owner would prefer a lease term to 05/31/2022 and then can be extended. Rent incudes water and sewer fee paid by Owner, tenant pays all other utilities. To view this rental, please call Tamalpais Property Management, Agent for Owner at 415-927-7368 (CA DRE #01204996) No Pets Allowed (RLNE6419173)
1 Unit Available
382 Bolinas Road
382 Bolinas Road
Fairfax, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,295
Last updated February 28 at 10:53 AM
OUTSTANDING ONE BEDROOM LOWER UNIT IN DUPLEX WITH GREAT OUTDOOR SPACE - Spacious one bedroom / one bath lower unit flat in nice duplex building near downtown Fairfax. Full kitchen with granite counter-tops. Beautiful outdoor space in a tranquil setting overlooking creek with deer, squirrels and wildlife abound. Features include patio leading out to large yard area overlooking creek, onside laundry shared between the two units, off-street parking for two cars, storage in shared basement. Fairfax's shops, restaurants, coffee shops, bike paths and hiking trails are a short jaunt away. No smokers please. Owner will consider dog pending approval of breed and size with additional $1,000.00 security deposit. Cat OK with additional $500.00 security deposit. Off street parking for two cars. Tenant(s) is required to have renter's insurance. One-year lease. $80.00 - $100.00 monthly fee for water, trash and sewer fee. To view this rental, please call Tamalpais Property Management, Agent for Owner at 415-927-7368 (CA DRE #01204996) (RLNE6410012)
1 Unit Available
825 A Mission Avenue
825 A Mission Ave
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
Studio
$1,850
Last updated February 28 at 10:53 AM
Nice Unit Near Downtown San Rafael!! - Nice unit inside of Victorian home, second floor, near downtown San Rafael. Easy freeway access, great shopping nearby and not far from Dominic College, SMART Train, Sol Food and Mt. Tam!! Garbage, water and gardener are included in rent. Security deposit is $1,850. Sorry no pets. No smoking. Click on link (or cut and paste) for short video: http://vid.us/o88r6e Call or text agent, James Ramirez DRE# 01497995, at 707-495-3141 for a private showing. (RLNE6358046)
1 Unit Available
780 Sir Francis Drake Blvd Unit 780
780 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
San Anselmo, CA | San Anselmo
Studio
$2,000
Last updated February 28 at 10:53 AM
Unique Octagon Shaped Building for Lease with Mt. Tam Views. - 8 sided building with views of Mt. Tam. Approximate 1400 sq ft. with storage underneath building. The building offers a large central area with reception, conference room, 3 separate offices, 2 alcove spaces, and back room with small kitchen, bathroom and supply closet. 6 on-site and off site parking spaces. Near Redhill Shopping Center. This is a commercial space, please call agent to view Jasmin Yeargin Miracle Mile Management 415-451-1480 #1075894 (RLNE6168265)
1 Unit Available
44 Villa Ave
44 Villa Avenue
San Rafael, CA | Domincan-Black Canyon
1 Bedroom
$2,500
650 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 10:52 AM
44 Villa Ave Available 03/01/21 Lovely 1 BR Cottage on 3400 sqft Fenced-in Lot w/Private Yard - Charming, one-bedroom/one-bath, cottage on private 3400 sqft fully fenced-in lot with a large patio and garden for outdoor enjoyment in desirable Dominican area. Spacious back yard, fruit trees and tranquility. Hardwood floor in entrance and living room and carpet in bedroom. Dishwasher in kitchen. Stackable washer/dryer in garage. Unfurnished. Quiet, fenced-in yard, paved walkway, driveway with attached 1 car garage. Prime location, conveniently located within a couple minutes drive of Dominican University, recreational county and state parks, great restaurants, Northgate Mall, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Downtown San Rafael, Freeway 101 ramp and within few minutes drive of Target, Home Depot and other outstanding retail stores. - 1 year lease. - Included in rent: Water and PG&E. - Most quiet, clean and friendly pets considered w/deposit*. - Non-smoking property. - Equal housing opportunity. Please email jack@houseproperties.us or call/ text 415-699-2964 to set up an appointment. Online applications are available to anyone upon request after a personal tour of the rental. Disclaimer: Agent for Owner has obtained this information from sources believed to be reliable, however has NOT verified its accuracy and makes no guarantee, warranty or representation regarding this information. It is published subject to the possibility of errors, omissions or changing of listing information including price, square footage, terms, viewing dates/times or withdrawal without notice. Prospective tenants must verify the information at their own cost and risk. * All animals must be listed on the application and are subject to approval. (RLNE2425171)
1 Unit Available
10 Professional Center Pkwy Apt 8
10 Professional Center Parkway
San Rafael, CA | North San Rafael Commercial Center
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1107 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 08:30 AM
This lovely townhome is conveniently located in the Terra Linda area of San Rafael. Inside features 2 bedrooms, 1.5 bathrooms, granite countertops, washer/dryer, and great closet space. Enjoy evening sunsets and a view of Mt. Tam from 1 of 2 decks. Additionally, there is a community pool, two assigned parking spots (one covered), additional storage, and water/garbage is included in the rent. Fireplace is decorative only. A small dog (up to 25lbs) would be considered upon owner approval with an increase in the deposit. If you would like to make an appointment to view this property, please contact Kelly at kelly@prandiprop.com415-331-9200.
1 Unit Available
9 Von Ct
9 Von Court
Marin County, CA | Sleepy Hollow
1 Bedroom
$2,400
900 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated February 28 at 08:30 AM
This tranquil one bedroom apartment nestled in the Fairfax hills is a gem. This cozy unit has ample natural light, light paint, clean carpet. The kitchen has a gas range, electric oven, microwave and a dishwasher. There are french doors off the living room that open to a large deck with stunning Mt. Tam views. There is a stackable washer/dryer in the unit, and plenty of street parking. Water, Garbage, and PG&E are included in the rent. This is a no pets, no smoking/vaping property. Renter's Insurance is required. For more information or to schedule an appointment to view the inside, please contact our showing scheduler, Christy, at 415-578-5107 or reply to this ad. Thank you!
1 Unit Available
1565 4th St
1565 4th Street
San Rafael, CA | Downtown San Rafael
1 Bedroom
$1,750
456 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 08:11 AM
Amazing 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment in San Rafael. Amenities included: laundry in building. Utilities included: water and garbage. Is not pet friendly. Date Available: Feb 1st 2021. $1,750/month rent. $1,750 security deposit required. Please submit the form on this page or contact Elam Property Management at 415-991-0678 to learn more.
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Altura Apartments
1113 Baywood Drive
Petaluma, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,270
835 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,312
1080 sqft
Last updated February 28 at 06:25 PM
Altura is a brand new luxury apartment community with a sparkling swimming pool, spectacular fitness center and a 4000 square foot community center for our residents. Our spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartment homes are located just off Highway 101 with easy access to Marin, San Francisco and Santa Rosa. We are located within a few minutes of world class wineries in Sonoma County so dont wait and make Altura your home today.
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Madera Valley Apartments
1495 Casa Buena Dr
Corte Madera, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,193
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
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Last updated February 28 at 06:19 PM
There is so much to enjoy when you choose to live at Madera. Developed into the stunning hillside of Corte Madera, Madera Valley Apartment Homes offers you lavish living in the high desirable Marin County. Nothing compares to staring out at your lush hillside views on your spacious private patio or working up a sweat with an invigorating game of tennis on the exclusive resident tennis courts. Receive the best of the easy outdoor lifestyle Marin has to offer by being located minutes from the popular Town Center Shopping Area, numerous parks and trials, and just 12 miles out of San Francisco. Come get carried away here at Madera Valley Apartment Homes. Please call for an appointment today!
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Cheap apartments in Novato start at $1,500 per month.
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Finding cheap apartments in Novato takes some ingenuity and effort, as well as quick action. Before you head out on your search, bring along pay stubs, bank statements, letters of recommendations from landlords or employers, and identification. The more proactive you are about your search, the easier it will be to score a deal.

Look for cheap apartments in Novato by regularly scouring listings and looking during slower renting seasons, like winter. You can still find a deal if you move during the summer months when apartment hunting is more competitive.

You may be able to find cheap apartments in Novato in neighborhoods that are located away from attractions, restaurants, and entertainment. You may need to look farther out than you would prefer, but access to highways or public transportation can get you into the heart of Novato.

The building you choose can also make a difference in finding a cheap apartment in Novato. Older buildings that need some updating are more likely to have better deals. Walk-up apartments without elevators, on-street parking and few amenities like on-site fitness centers can also signal affordable rents in Novato.