our mission & history

To improve the community, and provide a much-needed service to our tenants and property owners, and provide a rewarding career for our talented employees.  To treat each owner, landlord, investor with the utmost respect and care; and to take care of the properties we manage as if they were our own.
Founder Mike Hooper got his start in the property management business in 2004 with the purchase of a charming 1924 bungalow-style house in North Hyde Park. In the beginning, he was working full-time as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER and spent nights and weekends renovating the house and learning the rental real estate business.
Rent the Bay, LLC was founded in 2007. With that first home, and several subsequent purchases, Mike experienced firsthand the challenges of being a tenant, a landlord and an investor. As a result, he decided to find solutions for these challenges:


  • Michael L. Hooper
    Michael L. Hooper CFP® CPMS – Owner & President, Rent the Bay

    As President of RentTheBay.com, Mike helps landlords find qualified tenants and renters find a place to live. Concurrently, Mike personally invests in single family rental homes and apartment complexes in the Tampa Bay area.


  • Jeff Mars
    Jeff Mars Director of Operations

    As Director of Operations for Rent the Bay, Jeff’s work ethic is “Striving for excellence; working for perfection”. Growing up the youngest of 6 in Rochester NY, he observed his parents applying this philosophy.

  • Tarah A. Horner
    Tarah A. Horner Leasing Manager

    Tarah’s natural warm personality, compassionate sales style mixed with her in-depth understanding of Tampa Bay’s real estate market allows her to quickly match her customers’ needs with the perfect rental home.