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When looking for a beach house to rent there are 2 ways to go. One is to call on one of the Block Island rentals island realtors and let them find you a house. The other is to find one of the many houses available online for rented by the owner.
There are a finite number of houses for rent on the island. Some are listed with a realtor, some are listed by the owner and some do both.
Rent by Owner: Rentals by owner may be available to reserve early. For instance, my family's rental house can be secured as early as September or October for the following season. Find and contact a list of rentals by owner.
Realtors: The scoop on island realtors is that they do not start booking until late December/early January. (though recently this is changing) Returning renters have first dibs. Around mid January they open up the rentals to new renters. Find and contact the realtors.
View the house online and ask questions -or- take a day trip if you live in New England to tour some houses. You will be renting someone's private residence; houses vary widely as far as layout, amenities, location, bed comfort, etc. Houses range from rustic to quite lavish; on the beach to off the beaten path. Scroll down for a list of questions you might want to ask to help you decide.
Expect to send your deposit in early, most ask for a deposit of half the rent by mid January or immediately.
Basically, know what you want and make sure the house you are renting has those amenities. Make a list of your "Must Have's" and a list of "Dealbreakers" and see if you can find yourself the perfect house!
Many houses that rent privately advertise online. As a homeowner renting my family's house, I have done a tremendous amount of research and used several of these online rental listing companies. The best ones I have found are: