Some key resources for tenants and landlords.
Tenant Landlord Law (See part II for the residential part) By the way, regardless of what's in the lease, the law is the law, and applies to both parties. I highly recommend that both tenants and landlords review the rights to access the property, AND what happens to the deposit when the tenant vacates. I frequently see confusion on both issues. Not knowing what's in the law can cost you both money and time. Please take the time and read it.
The Florida Bar (Association of Lawyers) has drawn up some standard paperwork including leases that the public can use, without modification. If you wish to modify the paperwork in any way - consult a LAWYER to make sure it is legally binding. Standard Forms
We frequently see that property owners in danger of foreclosure will lease out their properties. Dade county has produced a decent guide to what to do in this case. Tenant's rights in Foreclosure My only caveat is if you think you may be in this situation, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that I can check whether the property has an active filing. I know that a house is in the final weeks of the foreclosure process, and still does not show in their database. It seems like the databases I have access to are more accurate.
Typical Information wanted by Landlords
Important Documents for tenants
1. Credit Report
The most important question to a Landlord is whether you're likely to pay your bills. How do they judge that? By your credit score. Most landlords have no issue renting to people with a credit score of 600 or more. If you have no credit score, or have a low one, the landlord my ask you to pay an additional deposit.
Click here for your free: Credit Report
2. Proof of Income
After credit score, the second thing that landlords want to check is that you have the ability to pay the bills. Options include:
a) Pay stubs: if you work a regular job, you should provide the last 3 paystubs that prove you are both still employed and what your routine income is.
b) Self-employment: if you're self-employed, then most landlords will want to see your tax returns and bank account information.
c) Bank statements: If you don't have current income, the last resort is to prove you have enough assets to pay the rent.
3. Criminal Report/s
Some landlords and/or associations may ask for a police report. If required by the landlord or associaation, call you local police department and be ready to pay $5.00/ person.
MIA, Bldg 3033
15665 Biscayne Boulevard
9101 NW 25 Street
5975 Miami Lakes Drive East
10000 SW 142 Avenue
7707 SW 117 Avenue
2950 NW 83 Street
10800 SW 211 Street
4. Other information
It is really the decision of each landlord or association what information they're going to require. If you decide that the information is intrusive or otherwise objectionable, my advice is to find another rental.