Frequently Asked Questions

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    Cottonwood Bayview

    What is your pet policy?
    We welcome up to two furry friends! Our pet fee is $250 per pet and $25 monthly pet rent per pet and no weight limits. Currently, the restricted breeds are Akita, Chow, Doberman, Pit Bull, Rottweiler, American Staffordshire Terriers, English Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Mastiffs, wolf hybrids or any other breed with dominant traits geared towards aggression. Dogs of other breeds mixed with any of the restricted breeds are not allowed.

    Do all of your apartments have the same finishes?
    Yes. All of our apartments include espresso cabinetry with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.

    Do all of your apartments include washer and dryer?
    Yes. All apartments include a full-size washer and dryer.

    Do you have garages?
    No, we do not have individual garages; however, we do have a parking garage.

    Do you have storage units available?
    Yes, there are interior storage units on each floor and in the parking garages that range from $75-$175 monthly. We offer bike storage for $35 monthly.

    What is the parking policy at Cottonwood Bayview? 
    Parking is first come first serve in the parking garage for one vehicle per lease holder. Additional vehicles per lease holder or reserved parking is $100 monthly. Residents are required to have decals on their vehicles to park within the gated parking garage. Visitors can park on the 1st floor before the gate without a decal. Parking is free for each leaseholder. 

    What is included in the rent price?
    The price shown on our website only includes your rent. All residents pay for electric which is setup by you and placed in your name through Duke Energy. Trash is $30 monthly and water/sewer is metered per apartment. Trash, water and sewer are billed by our third party billing company and paid with rent on the 1st of the month.

    How do I setup electricity?
    Once you apply and receive approval, you will contact Duke Energy at (727) 443-2641 or online by clicking here. Contact information is also provided on your reservation agreement and welcome letter. You will provide Duke Energy your lease start date and full mailing address including apartment number to start your service.

    Who is the provider for internet and cable in this area?
    Spectrum.  Larry Brown is our direct contact and he can be reached at 727.224.3220 or at larry.brown1@charter.com. 

    What are the lease terms that are offered? 
    We offer lease terms from 7 to 12 months, with different pricing options for each term.

    What are the hours for the amenities?
    Residents have access 24/7 to our game room/club house, business center, fitness center, yoga studio and conference room. The pool is open from dawn until dusk.  The pool deck and city scape terraces are open until 11 pm.

    What schools is Cottonwood Bayview zoned for?
    Cottonwood Bayview is zoned for North Shore Elementary, John Hopkins Middle and St. Petersburg High School.

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    For Future Residents

    How can I apply for an apartment?
    Our application process is online and entirely paperless making the process smooth and efficient for you.  From our website, click Apply in the top menu bar or click Floor Plans, choose a floor plan, then unit, then click Apply Online.

    What if I’m not ready to apply? What other options are there?
    If you’re not ready to apply, click Email Us to send us your questions, or stop by to visit our community. Our pricing does change daily so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible to lock in the current rate.

    How long do I have to move-in to my apartment? 
    You may apply to move-in starting the date the apartment home is available.  The apartment home can be moved in to within seven (7) days afterwards.

    Who should apply on the application?
    Any occupant over the age of 18 is required to complete an application and sign the lease as a responsible lease holder.

    What do you look for in the application?
    We use a third-party, independent screening service that assesses your credit, rental history, and employment history. They also complete a background check. 

    Do you have furnished apartments?
    Yes, we do have a limited quantity of furnished apartments. Contact the leasing office for availability.  If a furnished apartment is not available, our leasing team can provide you with information for local furniture rental companies in our area.

    Does it cost anything to take a tour?
    Absolutely not! There is no charge to view our apartments and community amenities. 

    Do I have to make an appointment, or do you accept walk-ins?
    We offer self-guided tours, and you do not need an appointment.  

    Can I get a price reduction if I sign a longer lease or pay for rent a year in advance?
    We offer a variety of lease terms, and the prices vary based on the length of the lease. We do not offer a discount for paying a year in advance.

    What is the renters’ insurance policy?
    We require renter’s insurance with a liability protection minimum of $100,000 for the protection of our community.  We also recommend you obtain personal renter’s insurance for the protection of your belongings.  We do offer Resident Indemnity Management insurance. Click here for more information.

    How accessible is the team at the local office?
    Our staff is available during office hours to assist you seven days a week! You can also email us anytime, and we’ll respond during office hours. All of our communities offer 24-hour emergency maintenance as well–simply call us and a member of our service team will come out for emergency maintenance requests.


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    For Current Residents

    How do I receive packages?
    Packages can be sent through any courier and are delivered to the Luxer lockers located on the first floor in the parking garage.

    How do I send packages?
    With our "Shipping Made Easy" process, you can ship packages by dropping them off in our leasing office.  We'll hand them to the courier for you!  Click here to learn more.

    What fees will I need to pay if I have to break my lease?
    Because Florida has two options, please review your specific lease for details on the termination policy.     

    How do I pay my rent online?
    As part of the Cottonwood Bayview community, you will have access to pay online through your Resident Portal.  Once logged in, click Make a Payment, enter your payment amount and details then submit the payment.

    How do I transfer to a new apartment?
    To transfer to a new apartment, please contact the office to discuss transfer options within Cottonwood Bayview as well as additional options if you are relocating out of the area. The transfer fee is $250.

    Will I be allowed to sublet my apartment?
    No, we do not allow subletting.

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    Where are other Cottonwood Residential communities located?
    We are located throughout the United States.  Click here to see all of our communities. 

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