If you are local, you may be able to do it yourself, but if you are not local handling it yourself is going to be more hassle than its worth. You need someone to be able to be available 7 days week should an issue arise, to show the property and to conduct regular scheduled inspections. If you go to my property management page and request to be contracted, you will get more information on our services.
Where is your condo located? Since you're asking, I assume there is not a rental management company on site or handling rentals there. Is it at the beach, oceanfront, golf course...? I can recommend several rental management companies to you based on your location and amenities. I am a Realtor with Prudential Burroughs & Chapin here in Myrtle Beach, however we do not have a rental division. I relocated here from NY close to 4 years ago. Drop me an email to let me know more details about your condo and I will be happy to make some recommendations for you.
My best advice would be to consult a local attorney. So, regardless of what my opinions may be, that is the place to go.
Now, in my opinion, if the landlord originated that lease with you and included a pet deposit and allowed the pet then they are on the hook to cover any association fines until the lease termination date comes around. She is under no obligation to renew the lease, but I would not think she is able to force you to move prior to the lease expiring.
At the same time too, if you are able to find a place that costs less or the same, or that you just prefer, you could chalk it up as an opportunity to leave the lease early. You absolutely have a right to all of your rent money, as well as whatever portion of your deposit remains after final walk through repairs are accounted for.
Again, you need to talk with an attorney in your area. They are the only ones who can give you the help you actually need here if you want to stay.... more