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Oh my god, I found an apartment complex we both LOVE and email them to ask based on us have an Irish clean background check, 6 years of landlord references but no US credit history what would be have to pay upfront. The monthyl rent is $1270 and see she $6000-$7000 upfront!!!! How is anyone meant to have that type of cash lying around especially with the other costs involved in moving from Ireland. SO dissapointed. Is everywhere gonna be that bad in FLorida

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Probably not, but you represent a high credit risk to potential U.S. landlords amidst a Florida real estate market which has experienced huge default rates. Housing markets in Florida are bound to be a bit odd at this time.

Shop around some more and see what you can find. Keep in mind that it is illegal for landlords to discriminate on the basis of national origin, so you should not have any discussions along those lines. It's prima facie evidence of illegal discrimination for a landlord to ask. Although it's legal for you to volunteer such information, I would not recommend it. Whether you're Irish or Jamaican or Japanese is irrelevant (by law).

If you have no U.S. credit history, let the landlord figure that out. It also would not be a negative history.

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Thanks for that - see the problem is we want to apply from here and have something secured before we move over and I don't want to go paying application fee's left, right and center then to discover we can't make the upfront payments

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Downpayment terms can be discussed, certainly, but not national origin.

Are you sure you want/have to rent something on a long term lease sight unseen? It's so unnecessary in Florida. The U.S. and particularly Florida is chock full of temporary rentals which are apartment-like (with small kitchens for example) but with daily, weekly, and monthly terms. And they're not very expensive, at least if you shop around a bit. Extended Stay America, IHG's Candlewood and Staybridge brands, and Marriott's Residence Inn are among the examples of the type, but there are many others. Sites like VBRO and FlipKey probably have lots of options, too. Back to school -- September and October -- is a low season in Florida.

It's still a tenant's market in Florida. Landlords are both desperate and wary. You can go a long way toward resolving the latter by simply meeting the landlord or agent face-to-face with a more reasonable down payment ready if terms are acceptable. But don't leap at the first thing, and make sure you realize you're in the strong market position there.

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A few other examples of apartment-like hotels: Value Place, Homestead, Studio 6, Suburban Hotels, Hawthorn, and Homewood. Examples of other "vacation" rental sites include HomeAway and AirBNB.

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Ah thanks a mil bbc- we had ruled out hotels thinking they'd be too expensive but this sites look like a great option

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Check into so called extended stay hotels. Then take your time finding a rental.

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Florida is the most transient Sstate in the Nation


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Check into so called extended stay hotels. Then take your time finding a rental.

When my husband and I came to the US, we had nothing but a backpack of clothes each....
We arrived at Atlanta, rented a car, drove to a neighborhood we thought looked nice (from online research), booked into an Econolodge for a couple of nights, then found a long-stay motel (Intown Suites) where we stayed for 3 weeks.

Apartment rentals are very easy to come by....you can pick up books full of them in most supermarkets.
I really wouldn't consider paying up-front before you've seen it....apartment complexes can look nice in pictures, but totally different in reality.

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