As Florida is a prime location for rental properties, one of the salient concerns and considerations for renting in this part of the nation is awareness of Florida tenants’ rights. Still many dwellers are either not aware of these rights or if they are, they are not compelled to fight for them even when the need arises. Rights are there for many reasons and although the mentality of some may allude to tenants’ rights being less important, you may be surprised at how practical they are even in your temporary dwelling in a rental property.
It is after all still an investment in shelter, which is a basic need of the tenant for himself and for his accumulated possessions through the years. Thus here are things to remember in the course of being a tenant in Florida.
When it comes to evictions, carefully look into the three day notice that goes with the complaint and summons. There should be a final payment date and a physical address where to send the payment that should be stated in the notice. If you cannot find this specific information, you can file a response to the court in the next five business days. For example, if the notice just states a P.O. Box address or “within three business days,” you can employ the help of an experienced lawyer to represent you in court.
Repairs in the property
are common and necessary part of renting. Part of Florida tenants’ rights is to seek repair for your damaged rented property from your landlord. As a tenant you have the right to stop paying rent until such repair is done. However, it is also important that you follow the law that will enable the landlord to exercise his rights as well. To keep the peace between you the tenant and the landlord give the landlord ample time to address and complete the repair.
To abide by the law make sure the landlord has seven days notice about the repair problem. If the situation is not handled in a timely manner notify the landlord that you will stop paying rent until the problem is rectified. This should be done in a formal letter stating the problem and should be dated, signed and sent via certified mail for evidence if matters get worse.
Another concern about being a tenant is the security deposit. Even in the event of eviction, the landlord should follow the procedure to give back your security deposit. By law, the landlord has thirty days to let you claim your security deposit otherwise you have to contact a lawyer to help you recover the deposit.
Some tenants may be uncomfortable getting legal help but you will find out that lawyers take on these cases without upfront fees because they will be paid by the landlord once the case is over, which as far as Florida tenants rights is concerned, will find you recovering your security deposit in no time at all.