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Tips for First-Time Landlords

As a new landlord, you may be faced with new challenges. It’s important to go into this role headstrong and with a determined attitude. In this article, we’ll give you a few tips to keep in mind as you begin your responsibilities as a landlord. Keep reading to learn more. Get a Home Warranty Plan ...

Laws You Should Follow as a Landlord

As a real estate attorney based in the Sunshine State, I can't stress enough the importance of understanding and complying with Florida Landlord Tenant laws. This advice isn't merely a suggestion—it's a necessity for anyone stepping into the shoes of a landlord. In this blog pos ...

How to Negotiate with a Landlord in Florida

Nothing is more of a kick in the gut than faithfully paying rent on time for years just to get a notice stating that your rent is about to climb. You’ve budgeting your money intently with the purpose of having a rent check handy for your landlord on the first of the month. You may not necessarily ha ...

Why are Foreclosure Cases Sometimes Dismissed?

Foreclosure is a daunting prospect for homeowners. However, not all foreclosure cases proceed as expected. In Florida, there are instances where foreclosure cases are dismissed, providing relief to homeowners. Let's explore the reasons behind such dismissals and the implications for both homeowners ...

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

According to Chapter 83 of the Florida Statutes – specifically article 53 – 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 con ...

Can a Landlord List a Property for Sale if It’s Tenant Occupied?

If you own a property and are thinking about selling it with a tenant still occupying it, you might ask yourself if you’re legally able to. Simply put, you can sell your property if you buy the tenant out of his or her lease. Otherwise, the person who purchases the property would have to honor the t ...

Homesteads and Trusts Explained

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 pa ...

What are the Costs Associated With Closing a Home in Florida?

If you’re in the market to purchase a property in Tampa, Florida, there are costs associated with closing the sale. And there are also costs the seller is responsible for. Here are the usual closing costs that a buyer and a seller must both pay. Buyer: Closing Costs in Florida for Cash Deals If pu ...

What are ‘As Is’ Real Estate Contracts?

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 co ...

What You Need to Know About New FL Property Laws

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, H ...

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