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Hillside Rentals is a family run business. We have approximately 165 great spaces for rent in and around downtown Fort Wayne. We specialize in unique historic spaces. Our mission is to reclaim these neglected jewels and restore them to provide amazing and unique living spaces for people who appreciate homes with character.

We strongly believe in owning and renting out great spaces we would live in ourselves. We personally live downtown, and take great pride in our units.

"If I won't live there myself, I won't rent it to you"

Answers to Common Questions

Application Fee:

There is a $25.00 Application Fee per Adult residing in one of our spaces. EVERY Adult residing in the unit must fill out a separate application. This fee is used to acquire a Credit report, Criminal and Civil court records, and the legwork involved in verifying employment and past landlord references. If you are a convicted Axe Murderer, please do not apply.


We standardly charge a $400.00 deposit on most properties. There are a very few exceptions for very affordable or spectacular spaces. The average space will have a $400.00 deposit. In most cases we are willing to split your deposit, 1/2 ($200) at move-in, and 1/2 ($200) added to your second months rent.

PLEASE, no really, PLEASE allow us to return your deposit in full. I want the space returned to me in the condition I gave it to you. Expect to have your deposit returned if you accomplish this simple request. I gave you a clean great space, return a clean great space to me.


We have four-legged family members running around our home. I like pets, more importantly, I like responsible pet owners.

Although countless Landlords to not allow pets, we do allow four-legged furry family members to reside with responsible pet owners. Our spaces are unique, and there can be different rules from property to property. Some basic guidelines for all spaces include:

There is a one-time non-refundable $200.00 pet fee that must be paid PRIOR to acquiring a pet. This fee is primarily used in a fund to fight fleas. Unfortunately not every pet owner is responsible, and we have to deal with some of the problems associated with being one of the few places that do allow pets.

If you prove to be an irresponsible pet owner, your pet will leave our property. Depending on circumstances, you may or may not need to accompany them. There have honestly been times I wish I could have kept the great pet, and just removed the terrible pet owner.

Cats must be fixed, and the litter box must never be on carpet or stained hard wood flooring. Tile flooring is a great place for it.

We are more restrictive with dogs in upper spaces than we are in lower spaces. We have VERY few fenced yards, and do not allow dogs to be chained outside. In almost every single case, you will need to walk your dog and clean up after him. Take a plastic bag with you. A yard full of "dog bombs" is disgusting and unhealthy. We demand that you pick up after your dog, not doing so is an evictable offense and we will happily call the Allen County Heath department ourselves to report exactly who needs to receive a fine from the government. Seriously, "dog bombs" everywhere is disgusting, clean up after your dog.