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The Sims 4 For Rent Rentals: Essential Building Guide

sims 4 for rent residental rental guide

Building a Sims 4 For Rent Rental has never been easier! In The Sims 4 For Rent, you can build your own Residential Rental lot from the ground up almost anywhere you want. Assign rooms to units as well as designate shared spaces, and easily switch between Residential and Residential Rental properties.

Discover the freedom of building your own Residental Rental Units!

We’ll show you the best way to build Residential Rentals that are hassle-free and intuitive. Learn all about everything that’s possible with this new lot type and build amazing Residential Rentals any Sim would love to live in as a tenant or invest in as a property owner!

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How to Build Sims 4 For Rent Rentals

We’ll walk you through how to build amazing Residential Rentals step-by-step and make them move-in ready for your tenants!

Turn any Residential into a Residential Rental

The easiest and fastest way to get started with building Sims 4 For Rent rentals is by starting with an existing Residential lot and converting it into a Residential Rental. Luckily, this is super easy to do! To turn a Residential lot into a Residential Rental, just open the lot venue type dropdown menu in Build/Buy and select Residential Rental.

Residental Rental Lot Type

And presto! You now have yourself some Sims 4 For Rent rentals to start sprucing up for tenants to live in! You can even change the lot type of Residential builds that are currently occupied by Sims in this manner, too. Have a couple of empty nesters with kids in college? Rent out the spare bedrooms in the house for some extra income! It’s no problem at all.

Of course, you don’t absolutely have to convert an existing Residential into a Residential Rental. You can build one from the ground up, too. And the good news is you can build your own Residential Rental almost anywhere you want! You aren’t restricted to the new world of Tomarang. Residential Rentals can be built in any residential world on almost any lot but there are a couple of exceptions. You can’t build Residential Rentals on Sulani waterfront lots or on San Myshuno penthouse lots. You also can’t have Residential Rentals in vacation worlds.

When creating a Residential Rental lot type, don’t forget that you can still add lot traits and challenges to it! Lot traits and lot challenges become unit traits and unit challenges on Sims 4 For Rent rentals. This means that traits and challenges are set per unit. One unit might have a mould problem while another unit on the same lot could have natural light, for example.

Speaking of individual units, let’s learn how to assign units and shared spaces in Sims 4 For Rent rentals!

Assign Units and Shared Spaces

Assigning units and shared spaces in your new Sims 4 For Rent Rentals is easy! 

Once you’ve got your finished lot or even as you are building, simply click on any room and you’ll be able to see your normal room UI as well as a new option below. This drop-down menu will allow you to allocate rooms to specific units or as a shared space for all residents living on that lot. If you have multiple units, you will need to add these once you have added the first room to the first unit.

Sims 4 For Rent Rental Unit Addition UI

As you add rooms to each unit, you’ll see that an outline will appear around the units. Shared spaces are not outlined in any specific colour but will fit in around your determined units.

Residental Rental Lot Showcase

If however, you don’t want to turn off the outlines, you can do this by heading to the UI in the centre of the screen at the top and you’ll see a new icon that allows you to toggle the outlines on and off.

Sims 4 For Rent Rental Hide Outline UI

Meanwhile, as you work on your unit, the other units will be hidden. This can easily be toggled between those you can and cannot see in. Additionally, by default units that are occupied by other Sims will be hidden but unoccupied units can be toggled when in build mode.

Finally, don’t forget to assign your Sims their home unit!

You can also tailor the specifics of each unit in the Unit Configuration screen. Here you will find more details for each unit, the unit name, unit dimension in tiles, unit value as well as how many bedrooms and bathrooms each unit has.

The Sims 4 For Rent: Residental Rental Lot Configurations

You’ll also find that this is where you can add both Lot Traits and Challenges to your units. Remember that each unit can have different lot traits and challenges too!

Other tools that you can find under the Unit Configuration screen include options to assign all rooms to one unit, hide/unhide a unit and delete a unit. Finally, you’ll have another drop-down menu that shows suggested items you should consider including in your unit.

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Shared spaces on the other hand are not only great for interacting with other Sims who live on the same lot but also can serve a number of different purposes. A lobby or hallway space for each unit. A communal lounge or kitchen space. How about a laundry room or activity room? Regardless of the idea, why not try it out as a shared space? Remember these can also be edited at any time in Build Mode should you change your mind or want to try something else.

Keep reading to find out more about suggested items and how to improve unit ratings in your Sims 4 For Rent Rentals.

Improve Unit Ratings

Once you’ve assigned all the units and shared spaces in your Sims 4 For Rent rentals, it’s time to make those units a nice place for your tenants to live. Each unit has some suggested items that are recommended to improve the unit’s rating. Each unit has a star rating between 1 and 5. This rating is determined by the size of the unit and how nicely the unit is furnished. A higher unit rating means you can charge more rent for it and tenants will be more eager to live there because it’s a nice, comfortable place to live.

The suggested items for each unit are:

  • Toilet
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Shower
  • Bed
  • Activities
  • Decorations

You only need to place one of each item in a unit to satisfy the suggestion and improve the unit’s rating. However, you don’t necessarily have to follow the suggestions at all. They are, after all, just suggestions. Not requirements. Disregard them as you see fit but just know that if you intend to play as the landlord for that property, it’s to your benefit to put in the suggested items to get a better rating, and therefore more rent.

Unit ratings can also be impacted through gameplay based on how well the landlord maintains the property and whether or not they treat their tenants fairly.

More Building Tips and Tricks

Here are a few handy tips and tricks to help you create your perfect Sims 4 For Rent Rental experience.

  • It is easier to build your units as a normal residential lot first and then swap to the residential rental lot type and assign rooms to units. 
  • Keep an eye on how you are building your units so that you can ensure your Tenants can access all areas of their units as well as shared spaces.
  • Shared spaces are great in Residential Rentals. They are also excellent areas to create interactions between other Sims without the need to go through a loading screen.
  • Platforms do count as their own room. Make sure you assign them to the correct unit when assigning rooms.

Now that you have some amazing Sims 4 For Rent rentals all ready to rent out, check out our property owner guide to learn how to make them profitable!

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Hey, I'm Krista! Long time Simmer and Sims Community Staff. You'll usually find me hanging out in our Discord, in-game or creating articles!

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