When you’re a renter, you have more flexibility in moving and deciding where to live. There are pros—and cons—of renting, though. So, here are a few tips to follow to ensure a good experience. Know Your Rights As A Tenant The State of Florida has a tenants’ rights handbook available online. This will tell you what your rights are and services that might be available to you if your renting situation gets bad. This is especially important if you’re a first-time renter and don’t know the ins and outs of renting yet and how to hold your landlord accountable if something goes wrong. Management Company vs. Landlord Managed communities and individual landlords both have their pros and cons. With a management company, it’s easy to contact the maintenance staff to help you out with a problem. With an individual landlord, however, you have more neighborhood options and more room for your agent to negotiate the rent. Either way, it’s important to work with an experienced rental agent, like myself, to pay close attention to who you’re renting from so you don’t end up in a difficult relationship. Moving In Your agent will provide a move-in inspection checklist. This document provides the current condition of your rental unit and keeps the status of each room organized. In addition to the checklist, your agent should take photos to protect both parties from false accusations or misrepresentations of the condition of the unit. Moving Out You’re required to return the property in the same condition as it was when you moved in, so your next step is to inspect the home for any damage you may have caused over your time there. You along with your agent should make sure to check the property against the condition report from when you moved in to find out what exactly you’re responsible for. Normal wear and tear is expected and acceptable, but you’re responsible for any deliberate damage caused during your tenancy. Having your agent along with the landlord over to do a final walkthrough increases your chances of getting 100% of your security deposit refunded. For more tips check out other blog stories! Want to rent out your home or find your future home to rent? Contact me! Here at Southern Breeze Realty, we are experts in the South Florida real estate industry and want to help guide you to find your ideal South Florida home. Check out our website here!