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How landlords can pick the right tenant in this hot Miami rental market

Updated: Dec 24, 2022

Picking the right tenant can be challenging in Miami. You'll want to consider many different factors such as credit score, rental history, references, and more. This article will discuss the importance of meeting tenants in person and how to pick the right tenant for your property. We will also provide a list of questions you should ask potential tenants before deciding.

How to pick the right tenant

When it comes to choosing a tenant for your Miami condo, you'll want to take several things into account.

Credit Score: A low credit score may indicate that the person is not responsible with money and may be more likely to miss rent payments or damage the property. An ideal credit score is 670 and up.

Rental History: You'll also want to look at the tenant's rental history to see if they have a pattern of paying rent on time and taking care of the property. References from previous landlords can help determine whether a potential tenant is likely to be a good fit.

Income: A tenant who earns a high income can more easily afford market-rate rent than someone with lower earnings. In some cases, prospective tenants may make significant income and have bad credit but pay more upfront. For example, self-employed people may ruin their credit to establish their business but now makes high income. Ideally, a tenant should make at least three times the rent rate.

Job security: When choosing a tenant, job security is an essential factor to consider. If the tenant experiences a job loss, they may be unable to pay rent, leading to them being evicted from your property. A steadily employed tenant is more likely to afford rent on time.

Prospective tenants that are in Miami on a Work Visa

Many tenants in Miami aren't from America and maybe on work visas. They typically also don't have established credit. If you're looking for a long-term tenant, someone on a work visa for a specific amount of time may not be able to get it renewed and will need to leave the country.

If you decide to select a tenant that is on a work visa, you consider doing the following:

  • Request more rent upfront

  • Require a higher deposit

  • Ask for confirmation of their work visa term

  • Get proof of employment

  • Get bank statements for the past three months

  • Ask for a copy of their Passport

Condo associations may also require non-citizens to pay a higher application fee in Miami.

The remote working tenant surge in Miami

Currently, in Miami, people are moving from all over the country due to COVID-19; more companies are giving their employees the option to work remotely. With ideal weather and no state taxes, many people flock to Miami.

While this is great news for Miami condo owners looking to rent out their property, you may need to confirm how long the tenant's company allows them to work remotely. You do not want to sign a lease with a tenant only to find out they need to move back a few months into the lease because their company needs them back in the office.

The importance of speaking with tenants before deciding

Many property owners in Miami are hands-off with their rental properties and may only review the applications to decide. Speaking with prospective tenants can help determine whether or not they would be a good fit for your property.

Questions to ask prospective tenants when speaking with them

When you speak with prospective tenants, you should have a few questions you ask and confirm things on their application, such as:

  • How long have you been searching for apartments?

  • How long do you intend on staying in Miami?

  • Why are you moving?

  • Have you ever been evicted or had to break a lease?

  • Do you have any pets?

  • What is your credit score?

  • What is your income?

  • What is your job security like?

When asking questions, be sure not to ask any question that violates any Fair Housing Laws. You can get more information on HUD.GOV

Selecting a tenant that will stay long-term

Many landlords prefer to have tenants that will stay long-term unless they use their Miami property as a vacation or second home. While there is no guarantee that any particular tenant will remain in your property for an extended period, there are certain things you can do to increase the chances.

One of the most important things is to pick the right tenant in the first place. Taking the steps mentioned at the beginning of this article can improve the chances of your tenant staying long-term. Someone with a good credit score, a solid rental history, a secure job/income, and strong references is likely to be a more reliable tenant than someone who does not and may stay long-term.

The importance of speaking with tenants before deciding

Many property owners in Miami are hands-off with their rental properties and may only review the applications to decide. Speaking with prospective tenants can help determine whether or not they would be a good fit for your property.

Increase the chances of the tenant staying long-term

As the landlord, you also can increase the likelihood of prospective tenants staying long term.

First and foremost, you can increase the chances of a long-term tenancy by offering a lease agreement. A lease gives the landlord and the tenant peace of mind, knowing that the tenant will not be able to move out without notice and that the landlord will not evict the tenant without cause.

Overall, being a great landlord is one of the best ways to increase the chances of staying long-term. Some things that you can do to be a good landlord include:

  • Keeping the property in good condition and making necessary repairs promptly

  • Not harassing the tenant or interfering with their privacy

  • Providing a safe and comfortable living environment

  • Responding to any complaints or concerns promptly

  • Treating the tenant with respect and courtesy


Meeting with prospective tenants in person is one of the most important things you can do when choosing a tenant for your Miami condo. By getting to know them and seeing how they interact with you, you'll be able to determine better who would be the best fit for your home and lifestyle. Consider their credit score, rental history, references, and more when making your decision, but don't forget to use your gut instinct as well!


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