As a landlord, you will likely be faced with varying types of tenant disputes. Each party in a landlord-tenant dispute has their own set of protections and rights. Beyond the most basic rights, each party has expectations within the agreement that they would like met. When reality falls short of those expectations, it is wise to promptly hire an attorney. Experienced Florida landlord-tenant dispute attorneys can assist with overcoming any issues through litigation or negotiation and can ensure you understand your rights as a landlord.
We’ve included a few of the most common Florida laws that landlords should become familiar with.
- Security deposits are collected in the majority of rentals. Florida law does not limit the amount a landlord can charge a tenant for a security deposit. However, under Florida law, a landlord must return the security deposit to the tenant within 15 to 60 days following the surrender of the rental property to the landlord. This includes returning the keys and vacating the property. Any deductions from the deposit must be provided to the tenant with advance notice.
- Tenants of the property have the right to private, peaceful possession of the dwelling. A landlord can only enter the dwelling to inspect or to complete agreed upon repairs. These actions may be done if the landlord provides reasonable notice and comes at a convenient time. In the case of an emergency, this notice may be shortened or waived.
- There are a number of reasons a landlord may choose to terminate a tenancy and evict the tenant. A landlord has the right to terminate a tenancy early if the tenant is not paying rent, violating the rental or lease agreement, or if illegal acts are being committed. The landlord must first provide written notice stating the reason for termination before following through with eviction.
- The Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act includes a section covering revenge between landlords and tenants which is intended to minimize conflicts between both parties. Any actions from a tenant that could lead a landlord to retaliate, as well as acts that could be considered retaliation, are outlined in the act.
There are many other situations that could arise in which a landlord may seek legal counsel for assistance in handling the disputes. The Florida landlord-tenant dispute attorneys at Graham Legal are here to help resolve any issues landlords may face through litigation or negotiation. Contact the team at Graham Legal today to schedule a free consultation.