For rent by owner?

For rent by owner?

Anybody ever rented an apartment or a room from a private resident (i.e. a garage apartment or "pool house" or whatever)? I am having trouble finding properties that will work for me from realty agencies (in part because I don't have a lot of money to put down on a deposit and because my credit stinks) and my boss is encouraging me to take advantage of the plethora of rooms for rent in the area. I can't imagine it being a good thing, but has anybody done this to their advantage?
Rudbeckia

Rudbeckia

Flowers

Flowers

Question and Pictures

Question and Pictures

SW Ohio, my tulips are blooming!

SW Ohio, my tulips are blooming!

My Room

My Room

Noob.

Noob.