Monday, May 25, 2009

How would you like to live at Nautilus Cove Apartments?

Well if you are an owner resident here, then you already live at Nautilus Cove Apartments. So why did you spend $150-200,000 to buy here when you could live here for a heck of a lot less-

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Floorplans & Rents:
Two Bedroom Floor Plan $ 895
Three Bedroom Floor Plan $ 995
Four Bedroom Floor Plan $ 1095

Leasing Information:
Lease terms offered: 12 months, flexible lease for shorter terms. $200 reservation fee, $350 refundable deposit, $50 application fee.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Information for Renters and Landlords:

Oral and written leases

A lease is an agreement to rent property. It may be written or oral. Most are written, however, because oral agreements can be subject to misunderstandings. A written lease can be in the form of a formal contract or simply a copy of a letter that states the rights an obligations of both tenant and landlord. Florida law requires that most notices to and from a landlord must be in writing, even if the rental agreement is oral. In cases where there is no written lease, the term of your rental payment schedule (monthly, weekly, etc.) determines the length of the agreement.

Access to the Premises

Once you lease a dwelling, your right to possession is much the same as if you owned it. The landlord can, however, enter at reasonable times and with proper notice in order to inspect, repair, supply agreed services, or show the property to prospective or actual purchasers, tenants, mortgagees, workers or contractors.

Landlord's Obligation to Maintain Premises

If the unit is a single-family home, duplex, or mobile home, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, the landlord must:
Comply with building, housing and health codes.
Where there are no applicable building, housing or health codes, maintain the roof, floors, windows, screens, and all other structural components in goo repair; and maintain the plumbing in reasonable working condition.

If the unit is other than a single-family house or duplex, unless otherwise agreed upon in writing, the landlord must:
Provide for extermination of rats, mice, roaches, ands and wood-destroying organisms;
Provide running water and hot water;
Remove garbage from the premises;
Provide a smoke detection device;
Provide locks and keys;
Provide a working heating system; and
Provide for the clean and safe condition of common areas.

Tenant's Obligation to Maintain Premises
The tenant has an obligation to:
Comply with housing and health codes;
Keep the dwelling clean;
Remove garbage from his/her dwelling unit;
Keep plumbing repaired;
Refrain from destroying, damaging or defacing the premises;
Occupy the dwelling without disturbing the peace; and
Refrain from abusing the electrical, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, or other systems furnished by the landlord.

If the Landlord Does Not Comply

You may be able to withhold the rent if your landlord fails to do what the law or the lease requires. You must, however, announce your intention by certified mail at least seven days before the rent is due to allow time to remedy the problem. If the problem is not corrected within the seven days and you withhold the rent, the landlord may take you to court to collect it. Under these circumstances, you must pay the rent into the court registry pending the judge's determination of the case.

If the Tenant Does Not Comply

You can be evicted for not living up to your end of the lease. Depending on the offense, the process for removal varies.

Failure to Meet Lease Obligations

Except for the failure to pay rent, a landlord must notify you, in writing, of the shortcomings and give you seven days to correct the situation. If you do not reply within seven days, the landlord can begin the eviction process.

Non-payment of Rent

The landlord must serve the tenant with a written notice allowing three days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) for you to pay the rent or vacate the premises. If you do not pay within the three days, the landlord may begin the eviction process. The landlord must file suit in the office of the Clerk of the Court in the county where the dwelling is located. The tenant then has five days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) to respond, in writing, to the court. If there is no response from the tenant, a judgment is entered against the tenant. The Clerk of the Court will issue a "Writ of Possession" to be served by the Sheriff notifying the tenant that the tenant will be evicted in 24 hours.

Prohibited Practices

Florida Law does not allow a landlord to force a tenant out by:
Shutting of the utilities;

Denying the tenant access to the premises by changing locks;

Removing the tenant's personal property from the dwelling unless it is a lawful eviction; or

Removing outside doors, locks roof, walls or windows (except for purposes of maintenance, repair or replacement).

If any of these occur, the tenant may sue for actual and consequential damages or three months' rent, whichever is greater, plus court costs and attorney's fees.

Termination of Tenancy

A tenancy without a specific duration may be terminated by either party giving proper written notice (as required by section 83.56(4), Florida Statutes) according to the following time frames:

Yearly Not less than 60 days' notice

Quarterly Not less than 30 days' notice

Monthly Not less than 15 days' notice

Weekly Not less than 7 days' notice

Practical Pointers

If you have a written rental agreement, read it thoroughly before sInging.

If there are any changes to the written rental agreement, get them in writing.

Keep receipts and other records.

Do a walk-through before entering or vacating the premises.

Take pictures of any questionable conditions.

If you have a problem, you must put it in writing and in the proper form. See section 83.51, Florida Statutes.