Tips Before Renting An Apartment Or Home

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Before renting a home or apartment, follow these tips to avoid issues:

1.  Shop around.  It is a tenant’s market right now.  See if there are incentives.  Free month’s rent, re-imbursement for moving expenses or gift card.  If your credit score is high, ask that the security deposit be waived or reduced.

2.  Ask for the lease in advance and review the lease prior to the move in date.  Have an attorney review it.  Points to watch out for:

                        a. Repairs:  who is responsible?  Some single family homes have the tenant be responsible for all repairs including appliances, roof and a/c

                        b. Are there extra fees for:

                                    i. Parking

                                    ii. trash

                                    iii. pets

                                    iv. utilities (water fees)

                        c. Termination options:  2 month penalty option

3. Walk though the unit prior to signing the lease.  Notate in writing any deficiencies.  Have the Landlord sign the walk though report.  Have the Landlord commit in writing to a date to take care of the items.  Be picky, when you move out, they will be!

4.  Get renter’s insurance.  Many apartments require it.  Shop around for it.  Your car insurance carrier may offer it and then you may get a discount.

5.  Ask if there will be any construction/improvements during your tenancy:  New roofs, parking lots, painting, siding replacement, recreation arears.  This may cause noise and inconvenience.

6. Check out the Landlord.  Complaints with BBB, court filings, online reviews.

7.  Get everything in writing!

8.  Once you are in, if the landlord materially fails to comply with an obligation under the lease, a tenant can terminate the lease pursuant to FS. 83.56 by giving 7 days written notice.

Barry Miller Law is familiar with all aspects of real property law. If you, or someone you know, has legal questions concerning real estate, business or probate law, contact Barry Miller Law for assistance at 407-423-1700 or email us at for a consultation.

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