Typically a lease is for a set price and time (For example $1000 a month for 12 months) and would require notice to move out and penalties for early cancellation to either party.
Whereas month to month is where either party can cancel the agreement with a 30 day written notice.
You will most often see the rental start off as a "Lease" and at the end if neither party gives notice, it automatically goes to a month to month.
Rarely will it start month to month unless someone is doing a roommate situation, renting a basement/garage or if someone is just looking for short term as in when a house is for sale.
Hope this helps,
Cassandra Bickel, REALTOR... more
I can speak in reference to my particular market which is South Florida. There really is no specific rule to pre-determine the number of occupants in a unit. However, generally the practice is that its two persons per bedroom. There may also be condo rules / regulations in place which may govern occupancy. Overall this should be covered between the landlord and their real estate professional. However, both parties should take the utmost care to not infringe on a protected class such as families when putting listings on the open market.... more
You do not need a social security number to rent a place. A passport is sufficient. You do however need to have a valid (current) visa in your passport for the vast majority of places.
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