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Frequently Asked Questions from Tenants

Tenant FAQ
  • Applications will be processed on a “first come, first served basis” with time and date denoted on the application to act as receipt. If more than one application is submitted before approval can be achieved, the first approved application would be selected by the screening company and all applicants would be notified of procedure.
  • Gross monthly income must meet or exceed three times the monthly rent amount. Proof of income can come in several forms. If you are beginning a new job or if current job is not local, a letter from your employer that includes employment status and pay rate is necessary. Examples of acceptable proof of income are pay stubs, retirement documents, monthly income of every type, or court decree on child support or alimony. Self-employed or retired applicants must provide most recent full year of tax returns.
  • The application fee is $50 for every adult over 18 years of age. If you pay your application fee with a credit card, there will be a small processing fee included. Please note that application fee is non-refundable, so if you are not 100% sure, don’t apply.
  • It mainly depends on how quickly we can verify the income, all credit information, and current job status. The typical period of time is between 2-3 days, but can take longer depending on the state where your prior residence was located.
  • Rent is due on the first of every month and considered late after the 4th of the month. On the 5th day if rent is not received in our office by 9:00 a.m., a $100 late fee will be applied to your account. If you are mailing your payment, please keep in mind that we can’t control the mail, thus if they are slow to deliver your payment, you will still be assessed a late fee, no matter what the post-marked date is.  It is your responsibility to ensure we receive payment in a prompt, timely manner. If rent is not received by 9:00 a.m. on the 5th day of the month, we will issue a 3-day notice.  If payment is not received by the end of the 3-day notice period, eviction procedures will commence, and legal fees will begin to accrue against your account.
  • Yes. We typically charge at minimum one times the rent amount if their credit rating is good.  If their credit rating is less than favorable, we will charge two times the rent.
  • Yes. Florida Team Realty allows pets based on the approval of the owners wishes, but we highly encourage our owners to accept pets because most people in America own a pet.  Even more so, there are more pets than children, and about 90% of pet owners consider their pets to be a member of the family. As you can see, if we restrict applicants based on pets, we highly restrict the ability to rent your home. However, we manage the process and minimize your risk by limiting the breed, number and size of the pets. We also use a special pet addendum for additional protection.
  • An applicant will automatically be denied or lease terminated if:
  • Applicant has falsified information on the application.
  • The applicant must not have been convicted, have a felony record, or a 1st degree misdemeanor that was adjudicated guilty or had adjudication withheld in the past ten (10) years.
  • Applicant has ever been convicted of any sexual related offense or VCAP (Violent Crime Against Person) that was adjudicated guilty or had adjudication withheld.
  • Applicant has been evicted with in the last three (3) years.
  • No.  The tenant is never permitted to change the locks as our locks are rekeyed between tenants. Rekeying your property without our consent is a serious violation of lease conditions, and will result in costs and fees associated with rekeying .  Lease provisions specifically forbid the tenants from locking out the landlord.
  • We highly recommend that residents carry renters insurance to protect their personal property. The owners of properties carry insurance that protect their home and structure, but not your contents. If there was a flood or pipe break, the owners insurance would cover any damage to the structure, but not your contents. Renters Insurance is very affordable, and for mere pennys on the dollar of the cost to replace your personal property if destroyed, you can have peace of mind.
  • Your application doesn’t hold your home. As the old saying goes, “first come, first serve”. If you have applied for a home but have not given your deposit, the property is still on the market. Only the full deposit holds your home.  If another applicant completes the application and provides the deposit ahead of you, they will hold first rights on the home. It is imperative that once you have received an approval that you submit your deposits.  This allows us to remove the home from the marketing and application process, and hold the home for you.
  • Circumstances can be different from applicant to applicant, but generally, the deposit holds the home for no longer than 60 days. After then, we must work hard to get you moved in as continued delays cost the owner rental income.  However, after 30 days, the deposit becomes non-refundable if you suddenly decide you do not want the home.  The deposit becomes compensation for the owner who halted other applications to allow you to reserve the home for your occupancy, exclusively.
  • Yes, unless it stated otherwise in the lease terms or via HOA documents. Improper care of the pool can lead to much damage of the pool equipment, and you could be held accountable for repair costs. Likewise, with the lawn care, all aspects of the lawn are the tenants responsibility from cutting the grass, edging and trimming bushes and hedges, to adequate watering and weeding and mulching of flower beds.
  • Florida Team Realty requires a 30-day written notice of intent to vacate. This notice can be received via mail, hand delivered to our office, and via email. A verbal notice will never be accepted. NOTE – per your lease agreement, your security deposit may never be used as last months rent, so it is very important that you pay your rent as scheduled during the last month of your lease, or heavy penalties can be enforced along with unfavorable reporting to the credit agencies. Once our office has received and accepted your notice of intent to vacate, we will schedule an inspection to review the condition of the home prior to your move-out.  We will also conduct a move-out inspection after your departure to ensure the home was left in proper order, keys and garage door openers were left behind, and evaluate any need to retain deposits held for repairs and maintenance beyond normal wear and tear.
Give us a call today at (863-353-0011) to start living a little more stress-free!