For Palm Beach County, you would look up the owner information at the Property Appraiser's web site, then go to the County Clerks's web site see if any lis pendens may have been filed. The real estate agent you are working with should also be able to assist you!... more
I look for rentals that are not in foreclosure or a short sale for my clients. Its just not worth knowing anything can happen although you are supposedly protected.
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.... more
The 80 / 20 law in reference to 55+ communities has rules for age verification, but I do not know of any laws stating they must maintain original records. I am not an attorney and do not know the exact laws for this situation, I recommend to seek the assistance of a free tenant legal service or RE attorney - or try to work with the manager directly. I wish you the best luck.
Daniel K. Wyka
Keller Williams Elite Realty
24851 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 1
Bonita Springs, FL 34134... more
I'm not sure exactly what a compliance fee is. And I'm not a lawyer, so this isn't legal advice.
Still, let's take this step by step.
Did you sign any documents with the real estate agent who showed you the property before she showed it to you? If you did, those documents might have said that you'd owe her money under certain conditions. (I've never heard of that with a rental, though.) But if you didn't sign anything agreeing to pay a fee, then you don't owe a fee.
Next: You wanted to make an offer but "the real estate lady" refused to do so. Again, I'm not a lawyer, but it's likely that her refusal to present an offer would be interpreted by a judge as the agent's willingness to forfeit any commission she might have been entitled to . . . had you submitted an offer, had it been approved, and had you agreed to pay.
A side note here: In many areas of the country, the landlord pays the commission or fee. There are some areas where it's typical for the tenant to pay a fee. I don't know how it is where you are. But, again, that would have been discussed with you and confirmed with paperwork that you would have signed.
Next: the agent sent you a lease agreement. It's probably irrelevant what the lease amount is, since the agent declined to submit your offer. Even if your offer had been submitted, it would have required your signature (preferably before the offer) and then the landlord's signature. A blank lease agreement--or even one with the landlord's signature--isn't enforceable unless you sign.
Next: The agent wishes to charge you a "compliance fee." Again, I haven't heard of that. Complying with what? Was there any agreement in writing between you and her?
My advice: Call up the agent's broker. Ask for an explanation. But don't pay unless you're absolutely comfortable paying and fully understand what the charge is for and what the situation is. Otherwise, contact the local Realtor's association (if the agent was a Realtor). And, if necessary, contact a lawyer.
You can try to do it yourself, post ad on Craigslist and etc. Or you can hire a property management company, they typically charge around 10%. My mom was an agent and property management for 25 years, I have heard it all...but then again I know people that rent out their property and never had a problem. For most people, if you have a full time job, you simply do not have the time to do it yourself. Your call.