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  • Top 10 Savings Tips

    Posted Under: Rental Basics in Miami Beach, Property Q&A in Miami Beach, Rentals in Miami Beach  |  September 17, 2012 4:20 PM  |  246 views  |  1 comment
    I was on FPL.com today and found some useful info that I wanted to share.....

    Top 10 Savings Tips

    Effective Ways to Conserve Energy

    Listed below are some of the quickest and most effective ways to help you conserve energy, trim costs, and gain control over the energy usage in your home. You should post these tips in your home so that everyone can join in and save!

    1. Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan switched to auto. For additional savings, raise your thermostat to 82 degrees or warmer when you're away.
    2. Heat your home at 68 degrees or cooler with the thermostat fan switched to auto. To save even more, lower your thermostat to 65 degrees or cooler at night or when you're away from home.
    3. Reduce your water heater temperature from 140 degrees to 120 degrees, which is the recommended temperature setting according to the U.S. Department of Energy, to save about $7 a month.
    4. Clean or replace the A/C filter regularly to help your unit run more efficiently and trim cooling costs.
    5. Turn off your ceiling fan when you leave the room. A fan that runs all the time costs up to $7 a month.
    6. Use your dishwasher to conserve energy. Avoid pre-rinsing dishes to save up to $70 a year.
    7. Limit the time you run your pool pump:
      • Summer - six hours a day
      • Winter - four hours a day
    8. Adjust the water level on your washing machine to match the load size, especially when using hot water. Always use a cold rinse.
    9. Clean the lint filter in your dryer before every load to dry your clothes faster.
    10. Use the auto sensor function on your dryer to conserve energy by not over-drying your clothes.
  • Know Your Renter’s Rights

    Posted Under: Rental Basics in Miami Beach, For Rent in Miami Beach, Rentals in Miami Beach  |  September 17, 2012 8:07 AM  |  257 views  |  No comments

    This is another article I read and thought it would be great to share with everyone. I copied this article from: http://blog.rentals.com/

    Know Your Renter’s Rights

    Do you have a clear understanding of the legal line between you and your landlord? Knowing your renter’s rights is an important part of being a responsible renter. We’ve got the straight talk, here. 

    Your rental must be livable

    Though renter’s rights differ by state, most places in the U.S. require a landlord to supply a habitable home in exchange for rent money. “Habitable” means a place that is safe and livable, with basic amenities like these: 

    • Roof, stairs and floors that are structurally sound
    • Hot and cold running water
    • Fully-functioning heat, electrical and plumbing systems
    • Free of pests and other noxious elements like mold or mildew 

    In most municipalities, a landlord cannot revoke an amenity that was present at the time of the lease, such as air conditioning or Wi-Fi, without a change to the rental agreement or a 30- to 60-day notice in a month-to-month tenancy.

    The landlord has limited access to the premises

    In most states, landlords can only enter your rental property under very specific circumstances and, ideally, only with advance notice to you, except perhaps during an emergency. Not all states require this notice, however.

    With your permission, a landlord can enter the premises to make repairs, to determine if repairs are necessary, or to show your rental to prospective tenants or purchasers. In some states, a landlord may also enter a rental if the tenant has had a prolonged absence (seven days or more in some cases) to make sure that the property is secure.

    You can check to see what kind of advanced notice your state requires of a landlord before he or she can enter your rental.

    Know your right to repairs

    Because your landlord is responsible for keeping your rental livable, getting major repairs taken care of is typically a straightforward process. But the responsibility for smaller repairs is harder to define. Items like peeling paint or a leaky faucet could be a matter of controversy. For your rights as a renter when it comes to minor repairs, you can check your lease, local codes and local landlord-tenant laws.

    An eviction must follow formal process

    Your landlord can’t just decide to put you and your belongings out on the street without following the rules of eviction. You must be given an opportunity to pay missed rent or remedy other lease violations. Your landlord must provide appropriate notice of the eviction proceeding over a defined period of time. These termination notices are known generally as “Pay Rent or Quit” notices or “Cure or Quit” notices. However, if you are a repeat offender, have caused significant damage to the property, or engaged in illegal activity there, you may receive an “Unconditional Quit” notice, which means you have no legal choice but to vacate. 

    Each state has its own specific laws on what a landlord needs to do to win a lease termination and successfully serve eviction papers. In some states, a landlord can terminate a tenancy without cause, as long as they’ve provided the statutory notice — typically 30 or 60 days, or longer. 

    Knowing your rights as a renter is important. To take the reins in resolving a tenancy issue with your landlord, familiarize yourself with the tenant-landlord laws in your state today.

  • Rental Tips

    Posted Under: Rental Basics in Miami Beach, For Rent in Miami Beach, Rentals in Miami Beach  |  September 17, 2012 8:02 AM  |  267 views  |  3 comments
    I read this article and thought it was great advice to share with everyone. I copied this from http://www.rentalsonline.com/landlords/home_rental_tips.asp

    7 Home Rental Tips

    Here are seven tips that will help you get off to the right start with a home rental. Experienced landlords and beginners can benefit from these home rental practices.

    1. Offer something special – Renting a home can be a challenge. As a landlord, you need to set your home rental apart from the other properties that may be available in your area. Consider some of the features that renters in your area may want such as a washer or dryer, cable, air conditioning and more. Adding special features that tenants want will help rent your home faster.

    2. Research the rental market – Spend some time researching what other rentals in the area rent for. What is their location compared to your rental? What other features does that rental have? Set your rental price accordingly.

    3. Find tenants early – One of the biggest mistakes landlords make is waiting too long before they put their rental home on the market. Getting results from a rental listing is a lot easier when you start early. Begin looking for tenants as soon as you know the property will be available. This could be three to four months before. Use extra time to screen tenants and prepare the home for rent.

    4. Get the right tenants – Take some time to check out your tenant before you let them in. Once a tenant is in your home, it can be difficult to get them to leave. Check their references, do a credit check & collect a reasonable deposit. Also, talk with the tenant and find out as much as you can about their habits so there are no surprises later. A few subtle questions could tell you a lot about a potential tenant.

    5. Sign a rental agreement – No matter how secure you are as a landlord, a written rental agreement is necessary to protect you. A simple document that states the terms of your agreement with a renter, will help save you a lot of money, aggravation, and countless hours if an issue does arise. You can find a sample rental agreement on our rental forms page.

    6. Treat tenants right – Once you have good tenants, try to keep them as long as you can. Avoid having to find new tenants, bear the cost of search and preparation work if the house is vacant. Reach out to your existing tenants and find out how they feel about living in your home rental. Then try to address any concerns they may have before they become issues.

    7. Inspect the rental often – Let the tenant know you care about the property and about them as tenants. If something breaks, fix it right away. If the tenant is out of line, correct them early so they don’t think their behavior is ok. Make sure the tenant knows you will checking in for routine inspections and keep them updated on whatever you find.

  • Miami Beach Hospitals – Humans and Pets

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami Beach, Quality of Life in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  September 14, 2012 5:55 AM  |  270 views  |  No comments

    Miami Beach Hospitals – Humans and Pets


    In South Beach, or actually all of Miami Beach, the only hospital is Mt. Sinai Medical Center by the 41st Street/i-195 Causeway. The physical address is 4300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL. They specialize in a range of afflictions such as: cardiology, oncology/cancer services, orthopedics and Alzheimer’s disease. For more information on their services, you can visit their site:  http://www.msmc.com/

    The city of Miami is famous for having excellent hospitals and this is why there aren’t more on the beach. Jackson’s Health System, which has partnered up with the University of Miami, has major medical buildings close to Downtown Miami. Miami also has the Baptist Health System’s hospitals that stretch from Miami to Homestead.

    For a Pet Hospital, the South Beach Animal Hospital is the most prominent in the area. They are located on West Avenue between 18th and 19th street. You can view their site at: http://www.southbeachanimal.com/

    Further North in Sunny Isles Beach, the hospital of choice would be the Aventura Medical Center on Biscayne Blvd. For pet hospitals in Sunny Isles, you would go to the Aventura Animal Hospital on Biscayne Blvd. as well. Their website is: www.aventuraanimalhospital.com




  • South Beach Gyms

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami Beach, Parks & Recreation in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  September 14, 2012 5:54 AM  |  296 views  |  No comments

    South Beach Gyms

    Equinox Gym – Located on the 2nd floor directly on the corner of 5th street & Collins Ave. Very nice, upscale gym with another location inside the Aventura Mall. http://www.equinox.com

    South Florida Boxing – Located on Washington Ave. between 7th and 8th street. Open to all genders, ages, and body types. You learn to box with a bag and there is no contact with others during the classes. They also have MMA and kickboxing classes and your first time is free. http://southfloridaboxing.com

    Crunch –One of the most famous gyms in Miami Beach. They have 3 locations, 1 in Sunny Isles Beach and the others are at 12th & Washington Ave. and 16th & Alton Rd. The membership prices run $70-$80/month and you can pay month to month. The gym on Washington is the most famous of the 3 and costs the most of the 3. Many classes offered including doing yoga suspended in mid-air. http://www.crunch.com/Locations/Miami.aspx

    CrossFit – Located on Alton Road between 9th and 10th street. Crossfit is a Training regimen and not a typical 'gym'. They focus on maximizing a person's potential athletic ability. Pricing is $205/month or $30/session. http://www.crossfitmiamibeach.net

    David Barton Gym – There focus here is on personal training and they do their best to live up to their famous motto "Look Better Naked" Located on 23rd & Collins, Inside the Gansevoort Hotel. Due to the low amounts of nearby parking, you must pay $6 for Valet Parking. The gym has dim lighting and music thumping like a night club with Live DJ sets and the most beautiful people working out. Access to pool and Spa is included in the $110/month membership. The most exquisite gym you will ever see. http://www.davidbartongym.com/gyms/Miami_Gansevoort_South.html

    Golds Gym – Located at 1400 Alton Road, Gold’s has gyms all over the country. Free weights, cardio, and plenty of classes to partake in. http://www.goldsgym.com/gyms/florida/miami-beach/439

  • Parking Garages

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami Beach, Traffic & Public Transportation in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  September 14, 2012 5:52 AM  |  256 views  |  No comments

    Parking Garages

    There are many parking garages throughout the city of Miami Beach. Most are government owned but you will find some that are privately owned and offering spaces for rent. Spaces will run $70/month ($35 if you have a Hybrid/ILEV) and they are NOT reserved spaces. There are very long waiting lists for some of these garages, especially those close to or on Collins Ave. & Washington Ave. Even if you are lucky enough to purchase one of these rentals, there is no guarantee that If you come home at 1 AM on a Saturday night that you will have a space to park. This is the main problem with the parking lotsThe following garages are broken down by the different areas or ‘towns’ of Miami Beach:

    South Beach – 5th Street & Alton Road; 7th Street & Collins Ave. (24hr Security patrolling, no Monthly Permits allowed); 12th Street & Drexel Ave (small garage); 13th Street & Collins Ave. (most popular); 16th & Collins Ave. (very large, $107/mo for Permits); 17th Street & Pennsylvania Ave. (Largest of all garages, 1400+ spaces); Pennsylvania Ave. near 17th Street; 18th Street & Meridian Ave. (City Hall garage)

    Mid Beach/North Beach – There is only 1 garage and it is located on 42nd Street & Sheridan Ave. Due to the amount of high rise buildings offering parking, there is usually spaces available to rent.

    More information about parking in Miami Beach can be found on the official website: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parking/

  • Parking on the Beach

    Posted Under: General Area in Miami Beach, Traffic & Public Transportation in Miami Beach, In My Neighborhood in Miami Beach  |  September 14, 2012 5:51 AM  |  278 views  |  No comments

    Parking on the Beach

    “Parking on South Beach is a Mission” – quotable line of current and previous Miami Beach residents.

    Where and how do I park if I move to the Beach? That’s the question that everyone needs to be asking themselves before they pack-up and move to the paradise known as Miami Beach. Your first idea should be to sell your car and buy a scooter as this city is no place for a car. But if you are unlucky enough to work over the bridge or need a car to visit family or get around, then you will need a RESIDENTIAL PARKING PERMIT. They cost about $55 for about 14 months and it does NOT guarantee you a parking spot anywhere close to where you live. If your building does not offer parking, you need to look around you to see if its going to be an issue. If you are getting an apartment on Collins or Ocean Drive, you will not find parking, sorry. The further away you live from the hottest spots, the better chance you have of finding a parking spot. If you are living close to Lincoln Road, you will have a parking issue as well. Look at the buildings on the block and see how many offer parking. Each block is different and you’d be surprised how much easier it is to find parking if you live on 13th & Pennsylvania with compared to 15th and Pennsylvania. Do not think that because you found parking at 3PM that you will find parking at 1AM. The parking situation after midnight is a stark contrast to that of the day time. During the day, people are working which is why you will find parking without issue. These pearls of wisdom are based on those living in actual South Beach, parking in Zone 2 (Flamingo Park). Zone 1, 3, 5, etc. are all different. If you are fortunate enough to find a unit that offers parking, factor in a savings of about $50-$100/month plus no daily parking aggravation.


    Zone 1 is Ocean Drive and SoFi. SoFi has a lot of nice buildings that offer parking, however there is a limited amount of street parking available, especially now that the streets have been re-done with lines for each space.

    Zone 2 (Flamingo Park). The most prominent of all zones and the one that offers the most issues. If you live on 7th and Jefferson, you probably don’t have the problems of those that live on 15th and Drexel or 16th and Meridian. Zone 2 is the biggest zone and you may want to look into getting into a (hyperlink for garages) parking garage or renting a space privately from someone.

    Zone 4 – Small zone West of Lincoln Road. A good amount of buildings here offer parking and the situation isn’t too extreme

    Zone 12 – Large zone for residents on the North side of Alton Road (Bay Road, West Ave., etc.) Most buildings offer parking and you should be able to find spaces near your condo.

    The further North you live (Surfside, Bal Harbor, etc.) the parking situation becomes a lot easier and you will find many areas that don’t even require a parking permit.

    More information about parking in Miami Beach can be found on the official website: http://web.miamibeachfl.gov/parking/

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