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How to Pay Rent in The Sims 4: City Living

Surely it's easy to figure out in real life, though... right?

When you think of a typical house in The Sims 4, you’ll think of a roof over your head, lively neighbors, and a mailbox holding information about your neighborhood. Depending on what expansions you own, you can open a mailbox and receive information and neighborhood action plans, university applications, and, of course, bills. However, with City Living’s apartments, you don’t have a regular mailbox, making rent payments challenging to figure out. Let’s talk about how to pay rent in The Sims 4: City Living.

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The Sims 4: City Living – How to Pay Rent

To pay apartment rent in The Sims 4: City Living, look for the wall mailboxes in the hallway connecting each room and interact with the one with a name tag. By selecting it, you’ll see the usual “Pay Bills” option, allowing you to pay rent when they come in.

Typically, you’ll receive a notification showing a breakdown of your expenses, including your rent. However, if you miss it or it doesn’t appear, you can select the mailboxes to check if the pay bills button is greyed out. When rent is due, it’ll turn white and show the amount you owe.

Each week, you’ll receive a baseline rent expense alongside additional charges for power consumption, water, and other miscellaneous taxes. Like a house, rent usually makes up the bulk of the bill, with utilities adding a few extra Simoleons as a surprise. Frugal will give you a slight discount on power and water consumption but will not reduce your rent, making it slightly less helpful than if you own a house.

The Sims 4 is available on PC, Mac, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. If you want to make sure you never have to worry about money again, check out how to win the lottery in The Sims 4.

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Madison Benson
Madison was a staff writer at Prima Games who has played video games for over twenty years and written about them for over two years. Her love for video games started with turn-based strategy games like Heroes of Might and Magic and has since extended to casual farming sims, MMORPGs, and action-adventure RPGs.