Here are some tips that can help you when you rent a house or apartment in Florida.

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  1. Check if the Properties is not in distress.  Although this is difficult to determine, always ask the owner of the property if the property is in danger of foreclosure, look in the public records, if you are working with a Realtor, ask your Realtor and let him find out, also you can check if the owner is current with the condominium fees, or  property taxes. These are signs that can let you know if the property has any risk or not.
  2. Association restrictions. If you have a boat, motorcycle or commercial vehicle or a pet, be careful when renting a property, many condominiums in Florida have vehicle restrictions and even restrictions like the type of pet allow, others have age restrictions and may do not accept children (55+ communities).
  3. Offer in writing. Write your offer or ask your Realtor to write the offer.  In the offer you must specify to the property owner the price you are willing to pay, the length of time for which you intend to rent the property and any other detail you would like, such as painting a particular wall or including a service of fumigation, etc. 
  4. Read your lease agreement.  Once the landlord prepares the lease, take the time to read the lease, check your name, the address of the property, the period of the lease,  the monthly payment and the responsibilities of the owner and yours are well explained. If you have questions, ask your real estate agent or a real estate attorney.
  5. Leave the property as it was received. After receiving the condominium approval (if applicable), you will have to inspect the property before you begin to live in it, take photos and video of the property, if you do not return the property under the conditions it received, you may be at risk of losing the security deposit.

We hope that these recommendations have been useful. Remember that if you need to buy, rent or sell your residential or commercial property we are at your disposal, call us at 954 802 2253