2) When negotiating a lease, be aware of what the unit has rented for in the past, what similar units have rented for recently, what similar units are still available, how long the unit has been on the market?
When you negotiate the lease amount don't offer the number you want, offer a number below the number you want, and try to compromise at the number you want.
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Miami Beach, FL 33139
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Make sure you understand the terms of the lease.
If the carpet is dirty, make sure your agent puts "carpets to be professionally cleaned prior to occupancy" into the contract to lease. This applies to any other defects the unit may have: torn screens, broken windows, painting that needs to be done, plumbing repairs, etc.
If you have a pet/or pets, disclose to the owner they number and type of pets you have. 1 dog, 2 cats, 3 birds, a boa constrictor, etc.
If you wish to make changes to the residence, make sure you have the owners permission.
The owner will have an asking price, you have the right to offer a lesser amount of money.
Ask your agent for advice if you have not done this before. The agent will get paid by the owner of the property.
Prudential Florida Realty
Best of Luck!!!
Regarding the lease, make sure everything is in writing and take pictures of everything so there is no risk of you losing any of your deposit if returned in the same condition. Get the association application submitted as soon as possible and make sure your agent (or yourself) is checking the status and the application is being worked on. That can delay a move in if you expect to have the place immediately or soon.
Check that everything is the way you want it to be.
Repairs/improvements noted during your property visit - should be written in and fixed.
Landlords do replace bad carpeting, bathroom doors and do other expensive improvements to the property that you wouldn't think they do - because a good landlord wants the tenant happy and staying for a long time...
Take pictures of scratches, dents broken tiles, furniture issues (if furnished), with the date on them,
before moving in.
Check if the property is offered or about to be offered for sale, the owner is current on his condo maintenance fees (or you may loose access to the gym etc.), the owner is current on his mortgage...
It's hard to predict anything in life, but these preventive measures will make your life easier in the future.
Hope this helps,
Beachfront Realty, Inc.