Finding a new place to live could be a bigger problem than usual at the moment. Due to social distancing orders, many prospective renters are unable to tour apartments, and may be hesitant to meet landlords or real estate agents in person. Zillow hopes its tools can help bring the entire renting process online -- at least during the coronavirus pandemic.
Renters can start by finding a home on one of Zillow’s platforms, including Trulia, HotPads and Zillow itself, and if the landlord or property manager used the Zillow 3D Home iPhone app, they could take a virtual tour of the property. Next, renters can apply online. Zillow says that a flat fee will cover a month’s worth of applications for participating apartments. If approved, all paperwork and payments can be conducted online.