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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Carmen Badan, Agent, Naples, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
All the answers below are great. From my experience, make sure you look at the property carefully and make all your demands before signing the lease. Find out exactly who will you have to contact if something goes wrong in the home, find out what the rules and regulations are before you get yourself in trouble. Know exactly what the landlord will pay and what you will have to pay and make sure you respect the requested general maintenance requirements.
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Kathy Bogan…, , Naples, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
Undertand the lease and what is expected of you with regards to property maintenance, and cooperation with community rules and regulations.
Be respectful of your neighbors, no barking dogs and pick-up after them.
Some leases are written on Realtor documents, some on owner/landlord froms from a supply store. Both are legal, but vary greatly in responsibilities and obligations.
Check for status regarding foreclosure or owner's intent to list the property for sale and your obligations herewith.
KathyBC in Naples
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Frank J Kupi…, Agent, Bonita Springs, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
If you are looking at a single family home or a rental condo, etc., make sure you find out if the property is in some stage of foreclosure. You may not want to get involved if that is the case. With regards to negotiating, finding what comparable properties are renting for in the area will allow you to make the right pricing choice. The rental market it pretty competitive right now. Just let me know if you have any other questions.

Thanks.
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Kathy Bogan…, , Naples, FL
Tue May 29, 2012
Answered this question before....see below for answer...KathyBC 800-448-3411 ext 601
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Ken Lowe, Agent, Naples, FL
Mon May 28, 2012
In addition to the great advice you have recieved, I reccomend research of county records to see if there are any Lis Pendens filings against thie property. Many renters are being evected in foreclosure proceedings they were not aware of at the time of the lease.
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LEANN ANDERS…, Agent, NAPLES, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
THE BIGGEST THING RIGHT NOW IS TO BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO RENT SOMETHING THAT IS GOING INTO FORECLOSURE STATUS AS WHEN YOU COME HOME THERE CAN BE AN EVICTION NOTICE OR THE LOCKS CAN BE CHANGED AND YOU CAN NOT GET IN THE PROPERTY.
THERE ARE ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE RUNNING THIS SCAM.
LEANN ANDERSON
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Mark Nichols, Agent, Naples, FL
Tue Mar 6, 2012
My advise is to hook up with a Realtor who knows the rental market and have them negotiate on your behalf. They see leases everyday. Also, they should know the market place better, and in most cases, there is no charge to the tenant from that Realtor who represents them.
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