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What must a landlord disclose to a tenant in the state of Florida?

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When renting from a landlord, there are certain particulars that must be disclosed to the tenant prior to signing the lease agreement. Below are the specifics that a landlord in Florida must disclose to the renters of his property.

Owner or landlord identity

Whether a renter is dealing directly with the owner, or another agent appointed to handle all the necessary proceedings, their identity must be disclosed. This includes both the name and address of the person responsible for receiving payments and notices relevant to the property being rented.

Fire protection

In all buildings greater than three stories tall, Florida mandates that the landlord inform new tenants about the availability of fire protection.

Radon gas

Radon cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled, but it is present in many homes in the U.S. Health risks associated with exposure to this gas increase with the length of exposure and concentration level of the radon. All leases in the state of Florida must include the following warning:

“RADON GAS: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that, when it has accumulated in a building in sufficient quantities, may present health risks to persons who are exposed to it over time. Levels of radon that exceed federal and state guidelines have been found in buildings in Florida. Additional information regarding radon and radon testing may be obtained from your county health department.”

Security deposit

A landlord is required to disclose some specifics about the security deposit on file within 30 days of receiving payment. These details include:

  • Whether it will be held in an interest or non-interest bearing account
  • The name of the account depository
  • The time and rate of any interest payments

Foreclosure status

While a landlord is required to make the tenant aware the foreclosure status of the property they are renting, there is also a gray area in determining when it must be disclosed. At the time when the lease is signed, the higher the likelihood of the property foreclosed on, the more likely it is that the landlord should have informed the tenant of possible foreclosure. However, this does not have any specifics attached to it and is up to the discretion of the overseeing judge.

If you are interested in learning more about the regulations when it comes to disclosing information to tenants, Graham Legal would love to meet. For more information regarding the cost of foreclosure defense and your rights when dealing with landlord disclosures, schedule an initial consultation with an experienced attorney at Graham Legal today.

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