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The Rental Process

Welcome to the top online resource for renting a home or condo in the Treasure Coast of Florida, such as in areas of Stuart, Florida.  Here, you can find extensive information of Stuart communities and neighborhoods, view Stuart homes or condos for rent and connect with the top rental real estate agents in Stuart, Florida. And for more information about the renting process, request a copy of our Home Renter’s Guide.

Before renting a Treasure Coast home or condo, below are several steps to help you in your rental search.

1. Get to Know the Area

Use our website to view our Treasure Coast Neighborhood Guide to see Stuart neighborhoods and its surrounding cities such as Palm City, the schools they’re aligned with, and the available Treasure Coast homes or condos for rent. If you’re thinking of moving to the Treasure Coast and the Stuart, Florida surrounding areas, fill out our Treasure Coast Relocation Guide Request form and we’ll send you a complimentary copy of the Stuart Florida Relocation Guide.

2. Research Homes or Condos for Rent

Our powerful Treasure Coast rental search gives you the ability to search areas such as Stuart, Florida homes for rent or Port St Lucie homes for rent the way you want to search: by City, Neighborhood, Zip Code, School Boundary or Builder. We make it easy to find waterfront condos for rent, homes for rent on golf courses, homes for rent with pools, gated communities rentals and much more. Easily save your rental search, keep track of your favorites and have the newest listings of Stuart homes for rent emailed to you daily.

3. Get Representation

While it’s possible to rent a home without an agent, the experience often proves to be more challenging than many expect. We’ve listed our top 3 reasons below:

  • 1. Representation:
    An owner or an on-site condominium building have professional representation on their side. By negotiating directly with an owner’s agent, you’re putting yourself at a severe disadvantage since their agent is legally bound to share everything you tell them to get the best deal for their client.
  • 2. Information:
    The only way to determine the correct home or condo rental price, is to compare recently rented prices of similar homes or condos in that same neighborhood or building. While there are numerous resources for finding homes or condos for rent, there aren’t websites that provide rental data in the Treasure Coast area. This is only available to Realtors through their membership with the local Multiple Listing Service. While many consumers look to Zillow for this information, Zillow doesn’t have the actual realistic rented prices in the Treasure Coast area.
  • 3. Experience:
    An experienced rental specialist’s primary job is to keep you from making a mistake. Their knowledge is invaluable when it comes to helping you pick the right Stuart house for rent for you and your family. This experience also helps when negotiating on your behalf as they have the pros and cons of similar rented homes. When you’e ready to get professional representation, fill out the form below to be hand matched with the perfect agent, or you can browse our Agent real estate agent directory and choose for yourself.

4. Documents Needed for Move-in

Once you find and pinpoint your new home or condo to rent, some documents must be submitted to have the owner/landlord agree for you and your family to move-in. Having an experienced professional in your corner will save you time, give you peace of mind and very likely save you a great deal of money.

  • 1. Contract-to-Lease (the offer):
    This is a document used to present your offer to the owner/landlord.
  • 2. Lease:
    Once the terms of the Contract-to-Lease is accepted by both the owern/landlord and the renter, a formal lease is prepared.
  • a.) A deposit is required upon lease execution.
  • b.) Typically, an owner asks for a move-in amount of 3-month’s rent. This is considered “the first month’s rent, last month’s rent, and a security deposit”. However, most of the time everything is negotiable.

5. Association Application:

This is required by all condominiums. It includes a background check that usually takes 5-10 business days. Typically there is a non-refundable application fee of about $100.00.

6. Move in Date:

Unless already furnished, all condominiums require furniture deliveries be scheduled. Depending on the time of the year, elevators may be reserved for days or weeks in advance. You should always account for 5 days.

7. Additional fees:

  • Security Deposit:
    Some buildings may require an additional monthly rent as a security deposit to be held by the association. Typically this is paid by a transfer of the security deposit paid to the landlord or by paying “first – security – security” as the initial deposits (see 2b).
  • Move in Fee:
    Some buildings require a trash removal fee for both renters and new owners. We will let you know which buildings have fees and how much they are.
  • Common Area Deposit
    Buildings and their Associations are now asking for refundable deposits when moving in and out of the buildings. This insures any damage caused to the common areas, such as elevators and lobbies when owners or tenants move/transport their personal belongings and furniture. This deposit is immediately returned upon the moving task, should there be no damage. We will let you know which buildings require such deposits.

Renter Specialist Request Form

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