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Old 01-19-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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Hi. I am moving to Tampa and I found a rental house online before I moved. I liked it and sent a deposit. Now the landlord tells me I'll be charged $45 a month above the monthly rent for a stove and fridge. Are FL rental properties required to have a stove and fridge? Isn't this something that would be assumed? I only assumed it because (1) every place I've rented had a stove/fridge (at least a stove in the UK), and (2) law in other states require stove/fridge and I NEVER thought to ask if the house had a stove/fridge. I understand any admonishment to view before I rent but if I could I would and I can't. I work for the military and landlords/agents have dealt with me fairly before. Additionally, this house is in a nice neighborhood so I didn't actually expect a bait and switch. Thanks for any help/advice.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:27 PM
 
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Outside maybe of furniture, I've never heard of renting a la carte. Is the toilet included? I would think that most, if not all, cities and counties have mandatory minimum housing standards which would include proper cooking facilities in a rental.

http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/codeenforcement/rip/minstdsord962.pdf (broken link)

"COOKING EQUIPMENT - Every dwelling or dwelling unit shall contain a stove
or range and refrigerator of appropriate size."
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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Sounds like to me you are getting ripped off.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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Sounds like to me you are getting ripped off.
+1. Florida also has a law stating that, if the carpet is older than 7 years, they can't charge you for it. At least that's what I heard.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:54 AM
 
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You're getting totally ripped off!

True for the carpet, all though down in fort Lauderdale apartments change it after every tenant, at least they did in the complex we lived in........

The things people think they can get away with! that's INSANE! get your deposit back and find another place.......Good Luck!
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Old 01-20-2010, 07:59 AM
 
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You sent a deposit already? Did you sign a lease and get keys? The lease should stipulate everything that's extra from the rent. This guy sounds shady to me. When I was looking for rental properties I found a lot of scams out there where they offer up a house that isn't even theirs and try to get people to send deposits. I hope you're not getting ripped off.
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:57 PM
 
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Hi. I am moving to Tampa and I found a rental house online before I moved. I liked it and sent a deposit. Now the landlord tells me I'll be charged $45 a month above the monthly rent for a stove and fridge. Are FL rental properties required to have a stove and fridge? Isn't this something that would be assumed? I only assumed it because (1) every place I've rented had a stove/fridge (at least a stove in the UK), and (2) law in other states require stove/fridge and I NEVER thought to ask if the house had a stove/fridge. I understand any admonishment to view before I rent but if I could I would and I can't. I work for the military and landlords/agents have dealt with me fairly before. Additionally, this house is in a nice neighborhood so I didn't actually expect a bait and switch. Thanks for any help/advice.

find another place to live!
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:28 PM
 
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I rent one of the place without fridge and no washer/dryer...but that is mentioned in the add. Of course a stove/oven (even one with smooth surface), microwave and dishwasher are incl. but all mentioned in the add and on the lease...

What was mentioned in the add, if it wasn't mentioned it isn't a scam, just something you assumed and the other party assumed you should have known if it wasn't mentioned...
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Old 01-21-2010, 02:17 PM
 
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I rent one of the place without fridge and no washer/dryer...but that is mentioned in the add. Of course a stove/oven (even one with smooth surface), microwave and dishwasher are incl. but all mentioned in the add and on the lease...

What was mentioned in the add, if it wasn't mentioned it isn't a scam, just something you assumed and the other party assumed you should have known if it wasn't mentioned...

are you a landlord or a tenant?
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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Landlord, have been a tenant though....
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