Tenant at Sufferance: Lehigh Acres Property Management


The challenge that property managers face revolves around the complex and painstaking juggling of all responsibilities in completing their duties as efficient as possible. Lehigh Acres property management involves close working relationships between tenants, investors, and of course the asset managers. The property managers work through actual issues using a systematic method to find suggestions and alternative solution.

SWFL rentals come across two different types of tenants; including those who are staying in an asset even if the lease has ended. The tenancy by someone who legally enjoys the right can be classified as tenants at will, those that stay past that right is the tenant at sufferance.

Unlike the tenancy at will, a tenant at sufferance is in a more complex matrix. A person who stays longer in his previously leased asset with no permission from the landlord subsequent to the termination of lease or tenancy can be considered a tenant at sufferance. It is unlawful to be involved in a tenancy at sufferance since it is against the landlord’s will to have his asset under their possession. Though unacceptable, a tenant at sufferance can also never be termed as a trespasser since he still is paying his dues to the landlord. Given that, the tenant shall always uphold the rights of any other tenants: the right to live at a clean and safe place approved by the state law, the right to file lawsuit if the landlord has stepped on his tenant’s right, etc.

In the real estate business, tenancy at sufferance is not rare. In fact, state laws have always something to say about this issue. The state regulation discusses the duration of leases and states that in the absence of a contract, a lease of immovable property for agricultural or manufacturing purposes shall be deemed to be a lease from year to year, terminable on the part of either lessor or lessee, by six months notice and a lease of immovable property for any other purpose shall be deemed to be lease from month to month, terminable, on the part of either lessor or lessee by 15-days-notice. In the mentioned decree, the transferor is called the lessor and the transferee is called the lessee. The price is called the premium and the money to be rendered is called the rent.

The lease is commonly evidenced by a contract determining the duration and the expiry of the lease period. Expiry of lease by efflux of time results in the termination of the tenancy relationship between the lessor and the lessee. No notice of determination of the lease is required upon the expiration of lease under the contract by efflux of time.

The landlord’s dilemma now lies at the point when the tenant refuses to budge after a fixed term rental ends. Some landlords deal with this situation as an automatic conversion to a monthly periodic tenancy. In this case, the renter of your property is considered a legal tenant with full rights in the eyes of the law. On the other hand, if the rent has been accepted even after the lease ends and it has taken too long to evict the tenants, landlords may resort to other means of getting rid of them. In turning away residential tenants, landlords don’t have the right to claim belongings of the clients or even cut the supply of water and/or electricity just to force them off the property. The property managers will have to rely to the lawmakers and go through a certain process to obtain a court order.

In evicting the hold-over tenant, lawyers can guide the property managers through the judicial process essential for eviction. However, if the landlord chooses to hold the tenant to a new term, lawyers may also enforce the decision and make certain that the hold-over tenant fulfils new obligations.

All that is required is for the Lehigh Acres property management and the tenants of the property leased, is to come up with an arrangement, preferably in writing. As they say, no matter how hard the sand storm may be, the dust will eventually settle.
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