Helping you find your place in Miami 🌴

While rentals are not my primary focus my team and I would be happy to help you find your place in Miami.

I created this page to help explain everything you need to know about the process so you can make an informed decision.

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Why work with me?

YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE

I handle all the researching, scheduling and coordination. All you have to do is tour your top picks in the span of a few hours.

NO SCAMS

People get taken advantage of by fake listings online. I provide you with tenant representation which reduces the risk you face when dealing on your own.

ZERO STRESS

Relax knowing that I'll be handling the details every step of the way. I've helped hundreds of people move to South Florida.

The Ultimate Guide to Renting in Miami

1

Contact Joe

To get started fill out the new client form. We will discuss your wants and needs over the phone and answer any questions you might have about the process. I can also send you a collection of available properties that meet your criteria.

2

Tour your Top 5 in one day

It's time to get out there and see some places! I'll schedule a tour of your top 5 favorite properties

3

Apply to your Favorite

Once you find the perfect place I'll help you complete your application, explain the offer terms, and negotiate with the landlord for you until it's accepted.

4

Sign your Lease

Once your offer is accepted, you'll make your initial escrow deposit and sign your lease. I'll review all the lease terms and financial obligations with you to make sure you're comfortable with every detail.  

5

Move in Day!

Congratulations!! You'll get the keys and move into your new place.

FAQs

General Information

Whats the difference between an Apartment and Condo?

Condos are typically owned by an individual person or LLC. Apartment buildings are entirely owned and operated by a professional management company.

Do you work with Apartment Buildings?

Yes and I can provide more details. Some buildings may not pay our entire broker fee.


Leasing Process and Requirements

What documents should I have ready to submit an offer?

  • Photo ID
  • Proof of Funds (Last 3 pay stubs, job offer letter, tax return, 1099, etc.)
  • Recent Credit Report (Credit Karma, FICO, etc.)

How much do I need to make to qualify?

You need to make 3x the monthly rent. If rent is $2,000/month you need to show you make $6,000/month before taxes. Proof of income is required with every offer.

Who pays the Broker fee?

In Florida most landlords offer compensation. We will seek compensation from the landlord or landlords broker: however, if there is no compensation is being offered you will ask the landlord, as part of the offer, to pay our commission. In the event the landlord is not paying a commission you will be responsible for our agreed upon compensation.

Do I need to be a US citizen in order to rent?

No, but background checks can take a little longer to process for foreign nationals so that may mean that your approval can take longer than the standard processing time (usually 2 weeks)

Do I need a co-signer/guarantor?

If you foresee any issues with your application being approved please be upfront and ask about this option. It is very easy to add a co-signer/guarantor to a lease and we can go over how that changes the income and other requirements for you.

Does my roommate/partner need to be on the lease?

Yes. In the State of Florida anyone over the age of 18 must be on the lease and submit an application. No exceptions.


Furnished Units and Sub-Leasing

I see a Furnished Apartment can I rent it unfurnished?

The answer is almost always no. If you don't want the furniture for a particular unit that means the landlord would have to pay to store it somewhere else. That would actually raise the costs associated with the lease. Meaning that would not be an opportunity to negotiate a lower price.

Can I sub-lease the apartment/condo? Can I rent it out on Airbnb, etc?

The answer is almost always no. If you own a property you can do airbnb and other short-term rental options. But as a tenant it is very rare (almost impossible) that you can do this.


Financial Considerations

How much money do I need to move in?

When renting a condo in Miami an amount equal to three months rent plus building fees are required on or before move in day. The three months rent is represented by First Month, Last Month and a one-month security deposit. Some condo buildings may also require a common area deposit. I will make sure you are aware of all fees before signing the offer.

What is the Escrow Deposit?

The Escrow Deposit is the initial money due with your accepted contract to lease and is held by a 3rd party. For my clients protection I am partnered with my trusted Real Estate Attorney Kevin Correa Esq. to hold your deposit. Never send any deposit money directly to a landlord.


Condo Approval Process

My offer was accepted, now what?

Once your offer has been accepted you will make your escrow deposit to take the unit off the market. A lease will be prepared (usually by the agent representing the landlord) and then executed by all parties. With the executed lease the next step would be to apply with the building management office. I will guide you through this process as the process vary from building to building.

What should I do once I've been approved?

I will advise you if these apply but here's what you may expect:

  • Schedule your Orientation (if Condo or HOA)
  • Reserve the elevator (if condo)
  • Set up utility service to be activated on the date of walk-through
  • FPL.com (electricity)
  • Cable/Internet (usually scheduled after walk through)

What do I bring to the walk-through

Any remaining money for move-in. I will provide you a break down of exactly what you need but remember these must be in certified form: cashiers check, money orders or wired to the landlord prior to walk through.


During the Lease

Who do I contact for any repairs/issues during the lease?

In apartment or rental buildings there is usually an online app that allows you to schedule service requests. In a condo building your landlord or the landlords agent is your point of contact for all repairs.

When do I get my security deposit back?

Under Florida law, the landlord has 15 days to return your deposit if there aren't any deductions for damages.

What if I need to break the lease?

Every lease has an early termination clause. In most cases you can expect to pay a 2-month penalty for breaking the lease early.



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