This article presents a survey of one of the types of housing, making it really affordable. Noteworthy, the main problem of using rental housing is the lack of shaping of its market. Tenement houses have a certain historical tradition in pre-revolutionary Russia and abroad. Basically, these were multi-story multi-room buildings of the corridor system. This article pays special attention to a new stage in the development of tenement houses, and on a completely unexpected basis: the urban population rushes to nature and rents low-rise housing in suburban and rural areas for recreational purposes. These people are interested in developing their own household territory, not rejecting from city apartments. The most valuable is the restoration of historical heritage monuments for rental purposes. According to the planning structure, low-rise rental houses are designed as two- or three-story detached houses, with a service block, and with an increased number of floors (up to four), with a corridor or gallery system and placement of service premises on the ground or upper floor. We come to the conclusion that the variety of rental houses will allow responding to changes in the demographic structure and needs of the population, to ensure the mobility of the workforce, and to satisfy the needs of young families.