Laws You Should Follow as a Landlord

As a landlord, one of the best ways to protect yourself is to require tenants to sign a rental agreement or lease. This document should outline all obligations and rights of both parties–the landlord and the renter. Regardless of the agreed upon terms, however, state law under the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act always trumps […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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. […]
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