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Apartment Hoot Apartment Finding Advice: Q & As

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Apartment Hoot OwlWhere can I find home rentals in Tampa, FL?

You can find House rentals in Tampa, FL here on Apartment Hoot. We will be adding additional rental homes in Tampa, FL every week. Home rental showings are by appointment only.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhat are Affordable Housing apartments in Tampa, FL?

Affordable Housing apartments in Tampa, also known as Income Restricted apartments or Tax Credit apartments, have income guidelines to qualify.  The household income usually must be less than 50% of the area's median income (AMI).  Start your search early when searching for Affordable Housing apartments Tampa. There is a high demand for quality housing at an affordable price.  Search Specials and More on our search page.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhat are student housing in Tampa, FL near USF?

Student housing apartments apartments in Tampa, FL near USF offers fully furnished bedrooms with electric allotment, water, cable, internet, and furnishings included at an affordable price. Roommate matching is provided along with your own lease.  Having an individual lease offers peace of mind of not worrying about a roommate paying rent or skipping out.  There are no separate utility bills, no electric deposits, buying or renting furniture, includes W/D, and the opportunity to meet new friends.  The majority of the student housing apartments in Tampa are located near by the University of South Florida area.  This is a great option if are looking to get a quality apartment without the hassle of finding a roommate, low move-in fees, and they allow co-signers.


 

Apartment Hoot OwlAre there pet restrictions with Tampa apartments?

There are many large pet friendly apartments in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Pete.  The majority of the Tampa Bay apartments will have Breed Restrictions and have a 2 pet limit.  Breed Restricted dogs are usually Pitt Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Dobermans, German Shepherds, Huskies, Chows, and more.  Each apartment management company will have their own breed restrictions, so don't panic if you have a Rottweiler .  Use our Search Apartments page to find pet friendly apartments in Tampa.  We are the only online apartment search engine that allows you to search by pet weight limit.  Enter your dog's pet weight limit, and run a search.  The property details page will have deposits, fees, & information on restricted breeds.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhat utilities are included in the Tampa apartments?

Apartments in Tampa, FL with utilities included are harder to find.  The majority of the Tampa apartments will only cover trash & pest control. There are several apartments in Tampa Bay still offering water & sewer as part of your rent, or will include cable and valet trash.  Use our search page to filter out apartments with utilities included in Tampa Bay.


Apartment Hoot OwlI am finding that many of the Tampa Bay apartments requires me to purchase renters insurance.  Is this necessary?

Many of the Tampa Bay apartments are now requiring a renter's insurance policy to be purchased prior to moving into your apartment.  If they require it, the answer is yes.  Florida renter's insurance is very affordable and offers a great deal of protection in the event of personal property loss.  View our Moving Resource page for more information on Renter's Insurance.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhere can I find new apartments in Tampa?

You can find new apartments in Tampa, FL here on ApartmentHoot.com!  Brand new Tampa apartments have recently started leasing and several are planned to open throughout the year.  South Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Westchase, and Brandon are where you will discover new apartments in Tampa Bay today.  Go to Search Apartments and select Specials & More.


Apartment Hoot OwlI need to find a good school in Tampa Bay, FL for my children.  Where do I look?

Placing your kids education first ranks highly for many families.  Apartments in Tampa with good elementary, middle, and high schools in Tampa are bountiful.  It can be a daunting task if you are new to the Tampa Bay area.  At ApartmentHoot.com, you can search by K-12 schools.  We are the only apartment search engine offering this feature.  Your first step, is to view our Neighborhood Guide to find out if you will be looking in Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, or Pasco County. You can then visit the School Accountability Report website and select the County and research the schools.  Once you decide on the school(s) you are most interested in, you can type in the school(s) name on our Search Apartments page.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhat are the move-in fees associated with renting an apartment in Tampa Bay?

Deposits will range from $200 - $400 dollars with decent credit. Your typical move-in fees with OK credit will be first month's rent, security deposit, administrative fees (if applicable), pet deposit/fees, and application fee(s). Many of the apartments in Tampa will run move-in specials on their fees and may offer rent incentives.  You can save more on move-in fees if you work for a local Preferred Employer in the Tampa Bay area.  Active Military, Hospital Employees, County Employees, Verizon, Moffitt Cancer Center, Airline Employees, Tech Data, are a few example.  You can search on ApartmentHoot.com on which apartments offers Preferred Employer Discounts and view their incentives.  Go to Search Apartments and select Specials & More.


Apartment Hoot OwlAre there any short term lease apartments in Tampa Bay?

Yes. Short term lease apartments in Tampa, FL can be found, but the majority of them will be through a Corporate Housing company in Tampa Bay.  Standard apartment leases around Tampa Bay are from 7 -15 months.  Tampa Corporate Housing apartments offers you short term leases with a minimum of a 30 day stay. Your apartment will includes all utilities, furniture, housewares, linens, pots, pans, dishes, and more. Be prepared to pay hotel rates for this convenience.  The advantages of going with a corporate apartment versus your typical hotel, is that you will get a larger unit, have a full kitchen, access to all amenities on property, and they are generally pet friendly. Short term leases in Tampa is a great option for folks who are in town for contract work, snow birds, have been displaced from their home due to a fire or flood, internship position, or simply not wanting to make a commitment on an area. Finding an unfurnished apartment in Tampa Bay that offers 1-5 month leases is rare. Visit our Search Apartments and select Specials & More to find Corporate Housing in Tampa Bay.


 

Apartment Hoot OwlAre there any furnished apartments in Tampa Bay, FL?

Finding a furnished apartments in Tampa Bay is very difficult. The apartment communities will refer you to a local furniture rental company for your furnishing needs.  The only apartments that comes furnished are student housing near the University of South Florida, Corporate Housing, or through a private landlord that may be renting out their place.  Furnished apartment rentals in Tampa, FL will be provided by Corporate Housing companies will provide you with the best option.


Apartment Hoot OwlIs it difficult to find apartments with garage rentals in Tampa?

Apartments with garage rentals in Tampa Bay are usually found in newer communities built from the early 90's to present.  Garage rentals will typically be a detached garage, but select apartments do come with a direct access garage.  ApartmentHoot.com has a search option to view both, along with carports and 2 car garages.  If you are needing more space for storage reason, please refer to our Moving Resource section for local Self-Storage facilities in Tampa Bay.


Apartment Hoot OwlWhat pricing do you show on your site?

Pricing that you will see on ApartmentHoot.com is the lowest pricing that the apartment communities are advertising. The best pricing will tend to be on a 12 month lease or longer. Many of the apartments in Tampa Bay will charge a small premium for leases under 12 months and may or may not offer the specials on a shorter lease. Keep in mind that the apartments in Tampa will offer the best pricing on vacant apartments that you can take possession immediately. Pricing may be a little higher than advertised rent if the apartment you are interested in has a view or interior upgrades. When you visit the property decide on a floor plan your are interested. Let the leasing professional know your time frame for your move and they will go over all available apartments and price them out according to your needs.  If you require a 3rd floor apartment with vaulted ceilings, a water view, and only needing a 7 month lease, your pricing may be different from the advertised rents.


What can I expect to pay for a house renal in Tamap, FL?

House rentals in Tampa, FL will generally rent between $1,200 - $1,700 for a 3/2 bath home with a 2 car garage. Four bedroom home rentals starting from $1,300. Keep in mind that price is determined by neighborhood, age of the home, any recent upgrades or renovations, square footage, and supply and demand.


I work at MacDill Air Force base, where can I find a home rental in Tampa?

For a short commute time, South Tampa home rentals would be ideal. However, pricing and availability is scarce. If a 30-40 minute commute time is reasonable, many military family will look into the Brandon and Riverview area for home rental options. The Crosstown Expressway will help shorten the commute time. Another great option to find home rentals in Tampa, FL would be in Westchase, Carrollwood, and the New Tampa area./span>


What are the advantages of renting a home rental in Tampa, FL VS. an apartment rental?

There are numerous advantages of renting a home in Tampa, FL instead of an apartment. Renting a house rental in Tampa, FL will give you larger square footage, assigned parking (2 car garage and driveway parking), privacy, no upstairs or downstairs neighbors, backyard, grilling is permitted, extra storage, larger bathrooms, and the option of having your own pool.


What are the disadvantages of renting a home rental in Tampa, FL VS. an apartment rental?

One of the biggest disadvantages of renting a house rental in Tampa, FL is that you will have to maintain the yard. Other disadvantages are the lack of amenities like a swimming pool, fitness center, short term leases, pet restrictions, higher utility bills due to the larger square feet, slower maintenance request, and higher deposits required.


Apartments in New Tampa options?

Apartments in New Tampa area located off the Bruce B. Downs corridor heading north of Bearss Avenue. Apartments in 33647 consist of Tampa Palms, Hunter's Green, Cross Creek, Pebble Creek, and Meadow Pointe subdivisions. With highly rated public schools, shopping, easy access to I-75, and newer constructed apartments, the New Tampa area apartments has been a top choice for many families, USF students, and your professionals alike.


What companies and jobs are located in New Tampa?

Many large well know companies have set up shop in New Tampa. Apartments near USAA, Met Life, Syniverse, DTCC, T-Mobile, JP Morgan Chase, and dozen others provide quality housing with a short commute time. Many will offer Preferred Employer Discounts


Are there any cheap apartments in New Tampa?

Cheap apartments in New Tampa depends on what you consider cheap. All of the apartments in New Tampa located in the 33647 zip code will offer washer and dryer connections or machines included, highly rated schools, amenities, and more, which demands higher pricing. One bedrooms will range from $750-$950, two bedrooms from $800-$1,200, and three bedrooms from $1,050-$1,650.


Are there any studio or efficiency apartments in New Tampa?

Currently there are no studio apartments or efficiency apartments in the New Tampa area located in 33647. However, you can find small affordable one bedrooms apartments in New Tampa from the 600-700 sq. ft. range pricing starting at $700 and up. You will need to look just south of New Tampa in the USF and Temple Terrace area to get pricing under $700.


Any apartment move in specials and discounts in New Tampa?

Apartment move in specials and discounts in New Tampa can be found. Specials will range from reduced move in fees, waived application fees, rent discounts, and Preferred Employer Discounts. Check back often on Apartment Hoot to find the latest deals in New Tampa.


I need to find a cheap apartment near USF?

If you are looking for a cheap studio or 1 bedroom apartments near USF in Tampa, FL we can help.  Pricing will be determined by its location, year built, if it has W/D or connections, amenities, and square feet. Expect to spend at least $550 and up for a quality one bedroom apartment near USF, and keep in mind that utilities are not included. If the quality is not what you are expecting, finding a roommate to split the cost of the apartment may be the best route. The apartments near USF change their pricing on a daily or weekly basis.  It's highly recommended to check ApartmentHoot.com on a weekly basis to find out the latest pricing and specials.  Find cheap apartments near the University of South Florida here on Apartment Hoot.


I'm in no rush to move.  When should I start looking to get the best apartment specials in Tampa?

Apartment move-in specials in Tampa, FL are always being offered.  Availability plays a major factor in determining if the Tampa apartments will need to run a special.  If they have numerous vacant apartments and not leasing, they will offer an incentive. The Tampa apartments may offer a reduced deposit or move-in fee with fair credit, reduce their rents, waive premiums on views, or offer a free month's rent as their specials. Many of the Tampa apartments have resorted to a computerized system that provides them with new pricing on a daily basis depending on the rental market in the area. Rents on Monday can be at $800 and by the end of the week, the same apartment can be renting for $725. Check back on ApartmentHoot.com weekly and monitor pricing to get the best deal in Tampa Bay.


Can I rent a washer and dryer?

Yes, you can rent a washer and dryer for your apartment.  Apartments with washer and dryer in Tampa, FL that is already included can be found. Make sure that the apartment you are renting out either has the full size or stackable washer and dryer connections. They will refer you to a local company that provides the machines at an affordable monthly price. Pricing will range from $30-$40 per month. Select W/D connections on the search page to view all apartments with connections.


Where can I find apartments in Tampa, Fl that accepts large breed dogs?

You can find apartments in Tampa, FL that accepts large dogs here on ApartmentHoot.com.  Large breed dog apartments in Tampa, FL are accepted in many apartment rentals.  Apartments in Tampa, FL that accepts big dogs will require a higher pet fee or deposit and possibly require a pet interview with the management staff.  Pitt Bull friendly apartments in Tampa, FL are harder to find.  The apartment communities find it difficult to find an insurance company that is willing to provide coverage if Pitt Bulls are accepted on property.


 

What are the Tampa apartments qualifying standards?

Qualifying standards for Tampa apartments will consist of a credit check, income verification, rental history check, and criminal background check.  Each apartment community will have its own standards on qualifying.  Inquire on the type of income that is required to qualify.  The majority of the apartments in the Tampa Bay area requires the household to gross at least 2.5 to 3 times the amount of rent that you pay.  If they require income to be at least 3 times the amount of rent and the monthly rent is $600, your household gross monthly income needs to be close to $1,800 per month or more.  Rental history needs to be spotless with no history of prior evictions, money owed to an apartment, or history of consistent late pays.  Many of the apartments will work with credit issues.  They tend to overlook medical and student loan debts.  Criminal background checks will be conducted on anyone in the household over the age of 18.  Having a criminal record may disqualify your application.


 

I have a criminal background from years ago, can I rent an apartment in Tampa Bay?

It's best to check with each individual apartment community on their policy.  All of the apartments in the Tampa Bay area will conduct a criminal background check on adults over the age of 18 in the household. Be honest with them at the beginning and find out how far back they conduct a criminal background check.  Many will go back 7 years and others 10, 15, and 100 years.  They will look at the severity of the charge(s), how much time has past since the last charge, number of convictions, and other factors.


 

This is my first apartment and I don't have rental history, can I rent an apartment in Tampa?

In addition to a rental history check they will look at credit history, monthly income, and a criminal background check to make a final decision.  Just keep in mind that you need to be at least 18 years of age or older to execute a lease agreement.  The standard deposits they advertise may be increased due to lack of rental history and many will accept a co-signer or guarantor with good credit and income.  If you lack rental history, no established credit, and just started a new job, a co-signer or guarantor may be needed.


 

I just got turned down for an apartment in Tampa, what now?

Apartments that will work with bad credit in Tampa, FL can be found. First thing is to find out why your application was denied.  Was it due to credit, lack of rental history or poor rental history, income, criminal background, or other circumstances?  If it's due to credit, ask for a phone number to inquire about your credit check. Finding out the reason for the denial will help with the next apartment you apply for. There is no guarantee that your application will be approved, but being honest with them at the beginning may give you insights on how strict they are on their qualifying standards.


 

What is an administrative fee?

An administrative fee is a non-refundable fee that larger apartment communities charge for processing new tenant paperwork.  Many of the apartments that offers a Preferred Employer Discount in Tampa may offer an incentive on the administrative fee.  Please inquire with the apartments on any savings.


I have bad credit, can I use a co-signer?

Apartments that allows cosigners in Tampa, FL is pretty common.  You will have to check their policy.  Usually the apartments will allow a co-signers for lack of income or rental history.


 

What is a SureDeposit?

Several of the apartment communities in the Tampa Bay area will give you an option to pay the standard deposit or pay a one time fee called a SureDeposit.  A SureDeposit issues a financial guarantee bond that replaces the regular security deposit.  You must promise to return the rental unit in good condition, not break your lease, and meet all financial obligations with your apartment.  If you don't meet the obligation, you are required to reimburse the amount owed.  The advantage to this program is that you will have a lower move-in amount and keep in mind it's a one time non-refundable expense regardless on how many times you renew your lease.


 

Apartment locator in Tampa, FL benefits?

There are many advantages in using an apartment locator in Tampa, FL to help you with your apartment search. On ApartmentHoot.com you can search by pet weight limit, specials, school zones, zip code search, and much more. Pricing changes daily and weekly and we update pricing as they changes. Save time, money, and stay informed with unadvertised rent specials and discounts in Tampa, FL on Apartment Hoot.


 


 


 

 

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