FAQ for Tampa Bay Landlords

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Frequently Asked Questions for Landlords

Your Lease

Once the tenant moves in, how strictly do you enforce the terms of the lease agreement?

Our lease is ironclad and is strictly enforced.  Adherence to our pet policy, smoking, HOA violations, unauthorized occupants and all lease terms is expected and enforced.  If any violations are determined, we immediately present the tenant with a notice to cure the violation with specific instructions on what is expected to return to being in good standing and avoid any legal actions.  Our policy is to protect our Landlords and be a great neighbor by complying with all Homeowners Association (HOA) rules and guidelines.

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How does your lease agreement protect my interest and rental property?

 We use a proprietary lease agreement that has been attorney reviewed and prepared.  Our lease is fair to all parties but is designed to be landlord-friendly.  We hold ourselves and our residents to a high standard that is reflected in our lease agreement that has been reviewed and periodically amended over our 30+ years of experience in the property management industry.   Home Locators has been writing leases since we started business in 1986, serving the needs of landlords and tenants across the metro Tampa Bay area.  We have seen pretty much everything by this point and our experience affords us the opportunity to anticipate areas of potential conflict and address them in the lease before they become a source of contention later on.  We are learning all the time and make adjustments as needed.

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Can I refuse to rent my home to people with pets, smokers, etc?

We comply with all Local, State and Federal legal requirements.  This is an area where many do-it-yourself landlords have gotten into legal trouble.  Under no circumstances can you refuse to rent your home to a member of a ‘protected class’.   PETS:  You choose whether to accept or deny pets but any pet that is designated as a service animal must be permitted to live in the residence.  Animals create risks and liabilities for landlords but also opportunity for those willing to consider them because your home is available to the largest numbers of qualified renters.  SMOKERS:  Smokers are not a protected class and a landlord may choose to not allow smokers to occupy their rental home.  Home Locators has a strict no-smoking policy in all our rental units and write it into each lease.

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