3 Questions to Have Answers to Before Renting a Home in Florida
The rental market in Florida is crowded in some cities and not all housing is the same regardless of the prices charged. A person with little experience renting a property can have a lot of questions about how to go through with a lease agreement. There are generally 3 questions to have answers to before renting a home in Florida. Knowing these answers can prevent issues once the lease is signed.
3 Questions to Ask a Homeowner Before Renting a Home
1. Does the lease include utilities?
2. Who pays for damages?
3. Can I end a lease early?
How to Know if Utilities are Included in a Lease
There are some owners of properties who include the cost of utilities and rent payments that are charged for a property. This information should be shared upfront if payments are or aren’t included. A person renting a home should never expect that utilities are included. Most rental agreements spell out what is included in the monthly rental price. A person who has questions should ask a property owner in advance.
Landlord/Tenant Laws in Florida
The property maintenance code in Florida specifies what condition a home must be in before it can be legally rented. This includes making sure that the roof is not leaking, stairs and steps are safe, walls are structurally sound and electrical circuits have been inspected. Damage that is not reported upfront before a home is rented can be a violation of the landlord/tenant laws in Florida. Most rental contracts protect renters and owners of properties and it always helps to have an attorney review the terms.
Know Termination Rules of Rental Contracts
Florida has strict eviction laws and these are not always deemed as fair to renters. Most of the time, a 15-day notice is given when a renter is expected to vacate a property. Being able to break a lease early is possible if the proper exclusion is included in an agreement. The standard rental agreements that are prepared by most property management companies include early termination notices. Knowing the rights of termination can help before a property is rented.
Inspected and Vacant Houses for Rent in Florida
There are homes listed in the portfolio on this website that are available to rent. The listings include homes that are positioned in and around the city of Jacksonville. All homes that are featured online are professionally managed by a third party company to comply with landlord/tenant laws in the state of Florida.
In order to best serve future residents, please make sure to read all of the JWB Rental Guidelines before scheduling your showing.
JWB RENTAL GUIDELINES:
A background check and credit check will be performed for all adults.
A minimum of 4 years of rental history (or homeownership) must be provided, or an additional deposit may be required.
Evictions or felonies in the past 7 years are subject to an additional deposit.
Applicant must provide proof of income equal to 3 times the rent amount in gross income (before taxes).
The security deposit is equal to first month's rent and is required to reserve the home for up to 30 days; one half of the security deposit is required to reserve the home for up to 21 days with the remaining balance due at time of lease signing.
Our homes are pet friendly. A $500 non-refundable pet fee will be assessed for as many as 2 pets; additional pets are $250 each. Breed restrictions do apply.