It’s sometimes hard to tell from just a short paragraph about a space whether it’s the one for you. But if you’re searching for rental listings online, that’s often all you might get: just a couple of pictures and a short few sentences about the place. How can you tell what makes a space great from just that little bit of information? And how can property managers spruce up their rental listings by being a little more wordy or picturesque?


The first thing to look for in a rental listing is, obviously, the pictures. If you come across a space in a perfect location but it happens to have a short description and no pictures whatsoever, be as skeptical as you can be. You probably wouldn’t believe the number of scam rental listings online that are only meant to take your money and run.


Always go for those with the most information. The longer the description, the more pictures and contact information, the better. If you’re looking for a space, you’ll have to get in touch with a property manager eventually—if a listing piques your interest enough, give a call to the person who’s listed it to verify 1) that it’s real and 2) that it’s still available. You also probably wouldn’t believe the number of spaces that stay up and listed long after a tenant has been found.


Want to be even more sure a space is legit and worth checking out? Look at other listings posted by the same property manager. By comparing and contrasting the language and pictures they use for other spaces you can verify the legitimacy of the lister and also discover whether they’re speaking highly about one property over another. Get the best deal you can from the most information.



Property managers and landlords like to fill a space as soon as possible once a current tenant decided to leave or not renew their lease. It just makes sense—the faster you can get someone new to move in, the faster you can get the next rent check for the space. To make the move-out-move-in process more seamless, property managers will often schedule showings and allow potential tenants to go into and observe the space currently being used by another. When this happens to you, as either a current or a potential tenant, it’s best to know the right way to respond and act.


If you are a current tenant, you likely have the full authority to deny the property manager’s request and not allow a stranger to enter the property you pay for. However, if you are open to a showing and willing to present your space, it is best to keep things neat and tidy to make a good impression on the potential tenant.


If you are a potential tenant going to check out a space, make sure to have questions for the current tenant in the case they are present. They can answer questions about problems or space idiosyncrasies that the property manager might not know about or want to divulge. Be sure to act courteously and treat the space will the utmost respect. Don’t touch or move any items that belong to the current tenant without their permission. And try to keep your visit on the short side—best not to impose too much. And always thank the current tenant for their hospitality and for allowing you to visit.



Despite how much we all love our furry companions (and those non-furry ones, I’m looking at you reptiles), it’s often tough to find a rental space that allows pets. And even when you find a space that does allow pets, they usually restrict the type or size of pet that is allowed. It’s understandable, space owners don’t want their property destroyed by a bad dog or cat. But it puts the renters in a tough position when they find a perfect property and learn that fido has to go if they want to secure it.


Rehoming a pet or putting them up for adoption just because you’re looking for a change in property is never the right option. They’re a part of the family, and removing man’s best friend from the family can be traumatic for both owner and pet. It’s also usually completely avoidable.


There are plenty of rental websites that allow you to filter your search options to include only those properties that allow pets. Often, pets provide emotional support that can be medically classified as necessary for an owner. In that instance, and with the help of a doctor who deems the pet’s support necessary, there are laws that permit an owner to keep a pet in a space that might not normally allow them. However, the distinction of emotional support animal should not be taken lightly and should only be used when the animal provides a medical benefit to the owner.


It is usually a case-by-case basis whether a pet will be allowed in a property. Make sure to speak with the property manager and landlord as you search for spaces to discover whether there is some leeway in the pet policy for a space. You may find that having a pet can be as easy as paying a security deposit and fee.



Did you have a great 2017? Genet Property Group sure did! This year we shared a lot of information about rental properties—we offered tips on making over a space, suggested a few books and podcasts worth checking out, and even wrote about the proper ways to handle and deal with with broken fixtures or problems that come up as a renter. Here are a few of the most popular posts from the GPG blog this year.


  1. Attending an Open House


Attending open houses can be a great way to view properties and areas in which you are interested in leasing or buying. By attending an open house you get the obvious benefit of looking up, down, and around the place you might be living or working in. But no doubt you’ll be joined by other potential renters or buyers sizing up the place right alongside you. So how do you get the most out of a visit to an open house and brush off the pressure from all the competition?…


2. Playing the Long Game


Increasing the value of a property can be a daunting task. Renovations and remodeling can take years and a ton of money, so many property managers and landlords just brush off the idea. Sticking with the status quo is much easier than shelling out renovation money upfront, even if it could mean greater returns in the long run. But, much like we described in our post about energy efficiency, planning for the long term is almost always a smarter move.


3.  Dealing with Hurricane Aftermath


In the midst of hurricane season, it’s important to know the actions that should be taken as a property manager in South Florida. We all know that this is when those hefty monthly insurance payments can come in handy, but minimizing the risk from hurricanes and dealing with any problems after they strike is a more proactive response than counting on insurance. For our post about protecting your property in the event of a storm, click here. You’ll find tips and tricks for securing vital damage points like windows and roofs. This post will cover what to do in the aftermath of the storm—when it’s time to tell whether or not protection has been enough.


4. On Millennial Renters


We shook our magic 8-Ball, and all signs point to rent—according to real estate consultant John Burns, the millennial generation is less likely than their parents (baby boomers & generation X) to own a home. CNBC reported that in 2004, when Gen X was at the cusp of home-owning potential in their 20s, the homeownership rate was roughly 70%. Since then, however, the crash of the housing market has left that same age-group of 25-34 year-olds with a roughly 40% homeownership rate today. And it seems like those millennials are unlikely to force the number back up…

5. Security and Privacy


Multi-lessee complexes make up the bulk of the property management business, as you likely know. When you’re renting one of these spots in an apartment building, a warehouse hub, an office complex, or a center for retail, you eventually learn to get used to your neighbors. But even then, privacy can often feel like a luxury. What are some ways you can maximize privacy in a crowded property situation?