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Why are Foreclosure Cases Sometimes Dismissed?

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When a homeowner falls behind on his or her mortgage payments and doesn’t make new arrangements with the lender, he or she risks foreclosure. In most cases, the lender can’t foreclose on the property until they have filed a lawsuit and received permission from the court. If the court dismisses it, the lender has to […]

Can a Tenant Change the Locks Without the Landlord’s Consent?

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According to Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes – specifically article 67 – a landlord cannot remove locks from a property unless it’s for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or replacing them. The same chapter also covers whether a tenant can change the property’s locks without the landlord’s content. Let’s take a look. Landlord’s Access […]

Homesteads and Trusts Explained

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Managing your assets while you’re alive and distributing them after your death are important steps to establishing financial family security. Creating a revocable trust is one way of doing so, and many people choose this option because you can change or cancel its provisions at anytime before you pass. With a revocable trust, you also […]

What are ‘As Is’ Real Estate Contracts?

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There are two types of real estate contracts in Florida, including the ‘as is’ real estate contract. In a nutshell, an ‘as is’ real estate contract specifies that the person purchasing the property must do so in its existing condition without demanding the seller make any upgrades or repairs. The contract also states the purchaser […]

What You Need to Know About New FL Property Laws

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Effective July 1, 2016, there are new property laws in Florida that apply to building codes, elevators in private residences and fumigation rules. If you’re a property owner or a property manager, here’s what you need to know about the new laws. Changes to Florida’s Building Code A new bill, HB 535, makes more than […]

What are a Tenant’s Rights to Withhold Rent in Florida?

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Tenants in Florida are legally entitled to a rental property that meets a set of health, structural and safety standards as required by the state. If your landlord fails to meet and maintain these standards, whether it involves not repairing a broken air conditioner or a leaky roof, you have important legal rights to consider. […]

What are the Required Landlord Disclosures in Florida?

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The state of Florida requires landlords to provide the following disclosures to tenants, which you can usually find in either the rental or lease agreement. Owner/Agent Identity (Fla. Stat. Ann. § 83.50) Every landlord in Florida, or someone who is authorized to enter a rental agreement on his or her behalf, must disclose the name and […]