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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Before you buy or rent in Florida–Check the Florida Sexual Offender Database

Regardless of your role in the real estate market – buyer, seller, renter, or current home owner – having an awareness of those who live around you is very important especially of you have children.

There is little that can be done to control those who live around you for the most part.  
However, if a person happens to be a sexual offender or predator in Florida there are some rules and laws in place to monitor residential accommodations.

Last evening I was discussing a particular neighborhood with an individual who told me about a nearby renter who was a sexual predator.  Apparently he had received a notification from the authorities after the offender moved into his neighborhood.  (I wonder if the owner/investor ran a criminal background check on the tenant.)

Further, since he has children, he advised me that he had registered for the FDLE email alerts regarding sexual offenders.  Register here for email alerts.

Another person remarked about how one of her neighbors had written to an absentee owner about who he was renting his property after someone had gotten arrested for a pornography offense.

As for specific rules that restrict who can rent, etc. I suggest buyer prospects do their research before making an offer if they intend to rent the property out later.

There are associations that have limits on rental periods and some require tenants be approved by the association.  Check with your association.

Disclaimer: I am not an attorney or a member of law enforcement.  Please visit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement about Florida Sexual Offender and Predators web site. 

If you are considering any move, check the neighborhood out. 

You may not be able to control who moves in later but you will know up front when you make your decision.   


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