You can find rentals on my site yourself.
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.
and the implications involved!
Be wary of any deal where you find adverse information or imminent changes have not
been fully disclosed to you .up-front!
NEVER rely on verbal assurances for repairs, future assistance, or Bank relocation credits
NEVER go against your "instincts " ! If you have reservations: look again before you "Leap"
There's more, but in general most state's Landlord -Tenant Laws give Landlords
Rights and Privileges that can be manipulated by those who are unscrupulous.- Renter
Beware ! Agent / Landlord reputation and integrity count for alot A lease is a binding
contract fair or not!! When in doubt - get good advice!
Practical Advice from Realtors, Legal advice from an Attorney or Legal Aid !
BOB BRUBAKER HIGHLIGHT REALTY PALM BEACH COUNTY FL. 561-876-6649
Be sure you understand the terms of the lease--dates, money, deposits.
Find out how many keys you will have, clickers, mail box keys, pool keys etc
Know the HOA rules and be comfortable with following them.
Here in South Florida rentals are very competitive so there is not alot you can negotiate. If your credit score is high enough sometimes the owner will take first and security only and not also last month upfront.
Also, inspect the property. If you see anything that you would like to be change, ask to be change in writing in the offer that you will submitt to the owner. Like defective appliances, dirty carpets, dirty walls, etc.
Best of Luck,
Make sure that you have "diplomatic clause". Different markets call it different things, but ultimately this is the portion of the contract that spells out clearly what the terms are for both notice and cost for you to be able to get out of your lease early. Life happens....you change jobs, win the lottery, get married, get divorced, lose a job....or need to move because your just hate the place. Whatever happens, know ahead of time what it takes for you to break your lease and how much it will cost you to do so.
Ask them which floor plans they have in the greatest quantity. Most apartments keep track of which units are in shorter supply and adjust their pricing upwards as demand increases. They also lower prices when they have an abundance of a particular floor plan. You can find a great deal by asking about their current inventory!
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Chris Schilling, ABR, CRS, GRI, GREEN
JOAN LORBERBAUM MOORE
Broker Associate, GRI
9858 Clint Moore Road
Boca Raton, FL