Lease Agreement Lawsuits in Florida

| December 26, 2017

In Florida, the written lease agreement is the first place that most landlords and tenants reference when the parties have a dispute.  After all, the purpose of the document is to set forth the rights and obligations of the parties. However, even though standard lease agreements address most common disputes between landlords and tenants, they […]

Does a Residential Landlord Need to Have Knowledge of a Dangerous Condition to Be Liable For A Tenant’s Injuries?

| December 12, 2017

In order for a tenant to hold a landlord liable for their damages resulting from an accident at the rental property, the tenant must be able to show evidence of the landlord’s knowledge of the dangerous condition. Landlord Duty to Repair and Maintain the Rental Property Generally speaking, landlords are obligated to know about the […]

Local Ordinances: Florida Landlords and Tenants

| November 28, 2017

It is interesting to consider how intricate Florida law can be when it comes to governing residential landlord-tenant disputes. Even the most basic disagreement between a tenant and a landlord can escalate very quickly. When entering into a rental agreement in Florida, it is important to read every provision in the contract to avoid waiving […]

Does a Landlord Have a Duty to Inspect and Make Repairs Before Leasing to a Tenant in Florida?

| November 14, 2017

Know your rights before you waive your right to have your landlord make repairs. Renting a home is very popular here in South Florida.  In fact, so many people are renting rather than buying a home, that the cost to rent has risen dramatically in the past few years. In this kind of market, anyone […]

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

Last Update: 5/1/18 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 […]

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 […]