If you’re looking to say an early, “Goodbye!” to your rental space and slip your way out of a lease before it’s ended, you’ll often have a couple of options. You’ll usually have the choice of paying some sort of fine or amount of the rent you promised to pay initially, or you can find someone to take over the lease for the rest of its duration. Now, it truly depends on the stipulations in your contract, but if you have the option, finding someone to take over your lease is likely the easiest way out. And even for those who stick it out until the end but choose not to renew a lease once it’s over, finding someone to rent a space after you leave can sometimes come with an incentive. Reduced rent perhaps?


Again, it all depends on your property manager and the terms of your lease contract. But, if you find yourself looking for someone to take over your spot in a rental space, there are a couple of steps you should follow.


First, be sure to speak with your landlord about your desire to end your lease early. They will likely be able to help in finding someone to cover the lease. Because it will surely mean lost rent if they don’t find someone, your landlord will want the space filled as quickly as possible.


If you’re at a loss for where to find potential lessees, be sure to search online forums like Craigslist or Facebook Groups for any individuals looking for rental space in your area. It can also be helpful to spread word through friends or social media to see if any acquaintances are searching for a space to rent as well.



You’re given receipts for a reason—keep them. That’s the motto when it comes to paying your landlord or property manager each month. If you’re leasing a space, whether it be warehouse, office, living space, or flex space, be sure you keep all pay stubs and receipts, money orders and checks. Just in case there is a problem with the payment process, say a check is lost in the mail or your landlord misplaces a money order, it’s handy to have documentation of your payments. In the case of a legal dispute, these can also be vital for securing your rights as a tenant.


But payment records aren’t the only ones you should be keeping, and receipts go far beyond the realm of money. If you’re looking to be an extra diligent lessee, keep a record of the official conversations you hold with your property manager or landlord. Whether these be about problems or concerns that arise as you’re using the space or updates to rules and regulations, it’s important to keep track of the changes that occur while you’re a tenant.


By recording all of the times you’ve requested a plumbing fix or reported the presence of pests in an apartment, you can better leverage your concerns with your property manager. Keeping records of any building-wide notices, complaints, or changes in policy can also keep you engaged and abreast of any problems and concerns affecting fellow tenants. If your landlord knows that this is the fifth time a complaint has been made, more dire action can be taken to fix an issue. This attention to the status of your rental makes you both a better neighbor and a better lessee.



As the number of students in the country grows so does the cost of tuition and the price of living in student housing. While some universities require students to live in dorms for the entire duration of their studies, a good portion of schools now allow their students to roam free and begin what is often their first adult living experience renting an apartment or home of their own.


For landlords and property managers, the student market is one that keeps space profitable and busy for a long time. If you own buildings near a college campus, you’ll pretty much always have a pool of potential lessees to choose from. But what are students looking for in a short-term rental during their college years? And what steps should landlords and property managers take to secure the safety and health of their properties with lessees that are young and so frequently in-and-out?


It may be obvious, but the number one draw for students when it comes to renting property is free internet access. Students need an internet connection to socialize and do their work, so any rental space that offers no-hassle internet will attract young renters. Students are also more likely than other renters to prefer new and updated spaces. Keeping properties modern will draw in those students with more money to spend, often courtesy of their parents.


While the student market is profitable for property managers, it can be stressful to have a constantly swinging door of new lessees. By requiring longer-term leases, a property manager can assure that their space is occupied year to year. This also keep students invested in the wellness and upkeep of their living space, as younger renters are sometimes prone to recklessness and untidiness.



When you’re renting a space, it’s easy to mistakenly place the onus on your landlord or property manager to fix and address every incident or accident that occurs on their property. Of course, they’re the ones who fix structural issues and problems with the unit itself. But what about when mayhem strikes and your own personal items are involved? It’s usually the renter’s responsibility—not a landlord’s—to replace or repair their own possessions when they’re affected by an accident. So how do ensure your possessions are protected when you’re living in or using a space that’s rented rather than owned? Two words: Renter’s Insurance.


Some property managers might require that lessees purchase renter’s insurance for their own peace of mind. Even if you’re not required to, covering your possessions can save a lot of money in the long run if an accident does occur on your rental property.


Depending on the type of renter’s insurance you purchase, it may cover a whole slew of incidents and accidents. It is usually a good idea, depending on the location in which you’re renting, to choose coverage for those incidents that are more likely to occur than others. Have an apartment near the river bed? Better have coverage for floods and water damage. Renting warehouse space in hurricane prone South Florida? It’s probably a good idea to be covered for weather damage.


The added cost of insurance can seem like an unnecessary expense. But it is especially helpful if you are renting warehouse, flex, or office space for a business or for storage purposes. In those cases, you are likely storing a large number of products or expensive equipment that would spell financial disaster if damaged.


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?



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?


First off, before you visit an open house make sure to set your priorities. What do you want in a space? A certain style of home or apartment, a certain size of office? Start to look for the specific things you need in the spaces you visit and train your eyes to search for those things automatically, just so you’re not overwhelmed.


Make sure to ask the agent who is showing the space questions about anything you might see. Don’t be shy about questions or concerns, it’s the agent’s job to make the place look good and be honest about the state of the space. A good impression can also help if you end up wanting to make an offer.


If you fancy taking photos so you can discuss the space later, be sure to ask permission before snapping any. Most of all, be respectful and courteous of the space—look, don’t touch! And don’t look at just one. Usually, if there’s one open house there are many more in the area. If you’re in the market, it’s always better to take a look at as many options as possible.



So you need to find a new apartment or office space to rent. Where do you look? Well, first off, it can’t hurt to check out the properties that Genet Property Group has available. If you want to look at all of the rental options available in an area, there are a few websites that offer the most extensive, searchable databases.



Zillow is perfect for searching in distinct neighborhoods. It allows you to draw borders on a map and search within only the specific areas you set yourself. Though it only shows residential spaces, it includes search options for renting, buying, selling, and price “Zestimates,” on apartments and homes. It can even show you prices of properties that have recently sold in the area. Feel free to filter by price, number of beds and baths, size, and factors such as if they allow pets.



Apartments.com closely resembles Zillow in its functionality. It’s all residential and it offers similar searching capabilities and filters. Apartments.com features Local Guides with information on certain areas that you might search within. It also has more specific filters if you’re searching for a space with a pool, air conditioning, or wheelchair accessibility, for instance.



LoopNet is your one stop shop for searching available commercial real estate—you know, the good stuff. Filter your search results by subset of commercial real estate property, including industrial, retail, shopping center, office, and many more. The website boasts over 5 million monthly visitors and 500,000 listings to choose from—go crazy!