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 ...

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

I often field questions from tenants about their rights, particularly in situations where their rental property falls short of expectations. A common concern revolves around the conditions under which a tenant can withhold rent. This topic is an essential aspect of landlord-tenant relationships and ...

Termination for Nonpayment of Rent and Other Rent Rules in Florida

Every tenant in Florida should be aware of his or her landlord’s rent rules, which should be outlined in the rental or lease agreement. Here are the important ones. Standard Rent Rules in Florida Florida’s state laws cover some of the following rent-related concerns, including the amount of time ...

What are the Required Landlord Disclosures in Florida?

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 hi ...

What Can a Short Sale Do to Your Credit?

While the real estate market is rebounding from the worst housing crisis to hit the United States since the Great Depression, hitting homeowners the hardest from 2007 to 2009, many people are still struggling to stay afloat financially and pay their mortgages. As unfortunate as it is, short sales ...

Florida Tenant Rights Protected Against Landlord Retaliation Explained

According to Florida state law, landlords are prohibited from retaliating against tenants. If you’re a tenant in a rental unit and feel your landlord is retaliating against you, read on to know your rights. What Rights Protect Tenants From Retaliating Landlords in Florida? In Florida, it’s il ...

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