What are some tips for renters before signing a lease?

Asked by Trulia, San Francisco, CA Tue Mar 6, 2012

What are some things to be aware of? What are some tips when negotiating a lease?

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Olga C Suarez…, Agent, Miami, FL
Wed May 9, 2012
Ask the realtor is the house is not on foreclosure, check everything before you move take pictures, to be sure of the condition of the property before you moved, find out who pay for electricity, water, landscaping, pets are very important to be describe by weight, check with the association what kind of cars are permitted..
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Jay Zyskind, , Miami Beach, FL
Wed Mar 7, 2012
1) Be aware of whether the unit is for sale, and if it is make sure when your agent puts forth an offer to lease, that your lease survives any sale. If the owner does not agree then decide if the notice offered (i.e.60 days) is enough. If not consider another unit.

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.

J. Zyskind
Realtor Associate
Coldwell Banker Res. R.E.
1691 Michigan Avenue Suite 105
Miami Beach, FL 33139
View Properties at: http://Oceanfrontrealty.me
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Nadine Mauro, Agent, Lake Worth, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012

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.

Nadine Mauro
Highlight Realty
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Olga C Suarez…, Agent, Miami, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Be sure the lease is renewable. Find out about pets and parking regulations. Be sure the property is not on foreclosure. Call me at 305-794 8435 if you need further assistanace
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Tracy Galya, Agent, Miami Beach, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Review the lease and make sure you read the Association Application and know the rules of the building. Do the math, you do not want to move into a place you can't afford. Include any special requests i.e., apartment must be professionally cleaned before move in. If you need assistance finding the perfect apartment feel free to call me, Tracy Galya 305.926.5265 or email. tracyriangalya@gmail.com
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Angel Calzad…, Agent, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Is the landlord current with the mortgage if property to be leased is not payoff? Is there any mold problem? Is there any lien on the property? Those are major questions that the leasee have to be aware of. If any of those are true, then move to the next property.

Angel Calzadilla
Prudential Florida Realty
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Leticia Nass…, , Miami Beach, FL
Wed Sep 26, 2012
The most important: Check with your realtor if the apartment is in foreclosure. Second: Rules and regulations for the association and third, before signing a lease make sure you will check the area you're going to leave, spend some time at the neighborhood, make sure is safe ultimately make sure you will like the area.

Best of Luck!!!
Leticia Nassif
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Michael DeFi…, Agent, Miami Beach, FL
Tue May 8, 2012
Some tips for negotiating price or terms are taking the property 'as is' without any concessions. That can be appealing to an owner. Paying a full term (12 months) or even 6 months of rent in cash (up front) can be attractive as well.

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.
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Tue May 8, 2012
Read the lease agreement first and ask questions, before signing.
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,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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