Landlord Tenant Disputes After A Major Storm (Hurricane)

| October 3, 2017

After a major storm or hurricane here in Florida, apartments and other rental properties are often damaged to the point where they need some level of repair to make them livable. In some instances, the property may be a total loss or the damage is so bad that repairs can take an extended period of […]

6 Tenant Rights That All Florida Tenants and Landlords Need to Know

| September 5, 2017

In Florida, residential tenancies are governed by (1) Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes under what is commonly known as “Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act” (see Florida Statute 83.40) and (2) the language in the individual lease or rental agreement between the landlord and the tenant. These two work together to define the duties […]

What is Normal Wear and Tear Relating to a Tenant Security Deposit?

| July 11, 2017

Knowing whether or not damage is caused by “normal wear and tear” impacts how much money, if any, the landlord can deduct from the tenant’s security deposit.  Security Deposits When Renting A Home In Florida In Florida, most residential landlords will likely ask their tenants for money as security for their tenant’s future obligation to […]

Residential Security Deposit Lawsuits in Florida

| March 7, 2017

For tenants moving out of apartments, condos, homes, or other residential dwellings here in Florida, they have the right to expect the return of their security deposit (provided they have not damaged the property and they themselves have followed the notice requirements (see below) required under the law). However, landlords routinely violate the law by […]

Tenant Defenses to Residential Evictions in Florida

| February 7, 2017

In Florida, the portion of the landlord-tenant law relating to residential dwelling units (including, homes, apartments, mobile homes and condos) was written, in part, to protect tenants during the the eviction process. Under our statutory law, the eviction process is referred to as an action by the landlord for possession of the dwelling unit. Most […]

Illegal Evictions in Florida

| January 24, 2017

Every day in Florida, there is a residential tenant dealing with a landlord who has committed an illegal act all in the name of the almighty dollar. Because landlords are still finding ways to harm tenants, the Florida legislature wrote and continues to write law to protect tenants from these illegal acts. In fact, the “Florida […]

Bed Bug Claims by a Florida Tenant: Can You Sue the Landlord When Bed Bugs Are Found in an Apartment, Leased Home, Condo or Vacation Rental?

| December 8, 2016

In Florida, the obligation of a landlord to a tenant with regard to providing a clean and safe living condition when leasing and renting of residential real estate, is governed by Florida statute and Florida court opinions – this includes renting in a large apartment complex, single family home, vacation rental or condo. Be aware, […]

How to Get a Refund of Your Security Deposit from the Landlord When Renting a Home or Apartment

| July 21, 2015

Last Update: 10/11/17 When you rent an apartment or condo here in Florida, the landlord will typically require that you give a security deposit before you can move into your new home. This is pretty much standard operating procedure for rentals; most tenants know they will have to hand over several hundred dollars (or a […]

Rights of a Florida Condo Tenant

| February 3, 2015

Condo owners in Florida rent their condos to tenants all of the time. The lease period may be weeks, or months, or even years. As home owners, the condo unit owner has every right to lease his or her property to another should he or she choose to do so (as long as the owner […]

Can Your Landlord Keep Your Security Deposit?

| January 13, 2015

Last Update: 10/3/17 All of us have rented an apartment, condo or townhouse at one time or another during our lifetime. In some cases, after we have moved out we have had to deal with issues with our landlord related to our security deposit. In fact, a lot of calls I receive from tenants revolve […]

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