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 […]

Mold Claims by a Florida Tenant: Can You Sue the Landlord When Mold Is Found in a Leased Home, Apartment, Office, or Condo?

| April 22, 2014

Last Update: 3/12/18 In Florida, the leasing and renting of residential and commercial real estate is governed by Florida statutes and Florida court opinions – which together, make-up Florida’s Landlord-Tenant Law. Mold Issues and Landlord-Tenant Disputes In Florida, there’s a particularly common issue that causes legal disputes between landlords and tenants year after year, particularly when […]

Renting a Florida Condo? What Should You Be Aware of in that Form Lease? Does it Reflect New Florida Landlord Tenant Laws Effective in 2013?

| September 6, 2013

For anyone wanting to rent a Florida condo or any Florida condominium owner thinking about leasing out their Florida condo as an investment, it’s important to know there have been changes to Florida landlord – tenant law that became effective this summer (effective on July 1, 2013) which may impact your decision to lease as […]

Florida Homes Foreclosed by Federal Government Become Rentals: FHFA Invites Landlords in Pilot Phase of New Fed Program While Congress Asks FHFA to Start Working With Underwater Homeowners

| February 28, 2012

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the federal agency that regulates the housing market in this country, is going to begin selling homes that have been foreclosed upon by Fannie Mae to vetted investors in certain parts of the country now, as part of its test run – or pilot phase – of the new […]

Renting Is Becoming Popular Again in South Florida: Protect Yourself Under Florida Landlord Tenant Law

| January 20, 2011

Last Update: 1/20/17 According to the Miami Herald, renting a home is becoming more and more popular in South Florida. The idea of leasing a house, condo, or apartment seems smart in today’s real estate market for lots of people.  Some may be dealing with a divorce and others may be renting homes after losing […]

Florida Real Estate – Beware of Fraudulent Landlords

| June 16, 2009

Recently, I saw a television news report about how people are renting out homes that they don’t own. It reminded me that in these trying economic times, renters must be especially careful in who they rent from. A number of my clients, for example, are renting properties from landlords who themselves are being foreclosed upon. […]