Anyone who has to deal with them on a regular basis, knows that some Orlando condo associations have got out of control these days. They’ve gone from letting their communities go to ruin after the real estate crash, to implementing draconian measures to try and reverse the rot.
We get it, things need to be kept under control. And the truth is, some do-it-yourself landlords haven’t been screening properly, allowing felons and the like to gain entry. This has caused condo owners associations to start screening themselves, which means that many tenants have to go through the process twice. Once with a reputable company like ourselves, and then they have to pay again and go through the same procedure with the COA.
But some have gone too far. According to Orlando Property Management Execs blog, in the latest of draconian measures, which appear designed to put investors off from buying there altogether, The Hamptons at MetroWest is now requiring that even tenants who are renewing their leases, apply all over again – at their own expense. The Board of Directors wants to re-run criminal history etc. as if tenants hadn’t already been screened the year prior. Now sure, some tenants could have run foul of the law in the 12 months they were living there, but couldn’t we all? And if the Hamptons really cares so much about this possibility, then surely such additional checks should be done at the expense of the Board, and not the tenant’s? The current policy upsets tenants, owners and management companies alike. Sounds like a lose-lose-lose to us.