We don’t work with rental homes* nor in property management, and regret that we can not assist people looking for homes to rent. However, we have put together the information below. We hope you find it helpful. When you are ready to purchase a home or know someone looking to buy or sell, we would appreciate the opportunity to earn your business.
* We know that sometimes a search for a specific rental property will point you here. Our website database contains all MLS listings, which does include rental homes, but they are not listings of our team nor brokerage. Google and Bing see and index the entire database. Please contact the listing agent directly, which can be found on http://www.Realtor.com. Our apologies for any inconvenience.
If you are interested in a lease with right to purchase, please see Lease With Right to Purchase. If that program looks like something that would meet your needs, please give us a call at 407-765-2912. We do work with Home Partners’ program and would be glad to help you.
First, the best places to check for rentals are:
- Realtor.com is updated regularly with data directly from the MLS. (Trulia and Zillow do not do this). It also provides the direct contact information for the REALTOR® and/or property management company that has that rental listing.
- HotPads seems to be the hottest thing lately to look for rental homes and apartments. I’ve found their website to be pretty good.
- Drive through some of the communities that you would like to live in. Some homeowners don’t advertise online and just put a sign in the yard.
- There are other websites where homeowners advertise their rental home directly. A Google Search, such as https://goo.gl/Yif96H (fine tune that for your city) reveals several websites worth checking. Reminder: If you see a rental listed by a brokerage, Realty, or REALTOR®, double check Realtor.com linked above for accuracy.
Craigslist often has homes listed for rent by someone who is not the owner of that property. The person is attempting to perpetrate fraud. We recommend prospective tenants avoid Craigslist unless you know you are dealing with an established real estate company or licensee. Always see the home in person first and ask for ID before signing a lease and paying any money. A lease agreement is a contract for exchange of two things of equal value, the rights to the property for money. (Not legal advice, just saying). You have the right to know who you are entering into that agreement with and giving your money to.
When renting, it is often easiest to work directly with the REALTOR® who has the rental listing. Buying a home is a larger financial commitment, and a more complex and permanent transaction. So, it’s better to have a REALTOR® represent you on the buyer side to help find the right home, negotiate for you and help with the details contract to close.
You can learn more about the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants in Florida at Florida Landlord Tenant Law Summary.
Thomas Scott, REALTOR®, GRI®
The Jean Scott Team
Keller Williams Advantage Realty