If you are a tenant who is renting residential property in Florida, you need to be aware of your legal rights as a tenant-especially when you are facing eviction. While each situation and lease is different, your landlord is generally responsible for properly maintaining the property in a safe and livable condition. Particularly, your landlord is responsible to ensure that you have running water (both hot and cold water), that your plumbing is adequate and free of leaks, that your appliances (such as your range and oven, refrigerator and microwave) are safe and properly functioning and that you are able to enjoy your rented dwelling without disturbances from the landlord or other people.
There are several alternatives from which a tenant may choose when facing these problems. Depending on the terms of your lease, your landlord may agree to proactively address the problem when facing potential legal action against him or her by arranging for the necessary repairs. You may be able to arrange for the repairs yourself and get reimbursed by the landlord. In other circumstances, you may be able to vacate the premises and withhold paying rent for the remainder of the lease term. First Coast Legal Group, LLC provides assistance to tenants who are facing or have faced an eviction, who seek the return of their security deposit or who seek to obtain necessary repairs to the rented property which have been denied by the landlord. First Coast Legal Group, LLC invites you to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with our office to determine the best course of action for you.
Representation of Landlords:
Whether you own a single property or a multi-unit complex, you need to ensure that you utilize a lease and other documentation that adequately protects your rights as a landlord in the event that the tenant fails to pay rent or otherwise violates the lease. Other potential lease violations may occur when the tenant damages the property, violates pet rules, conducts illegal activity within the premises or interferes with other residents’ quiet use and enjoyment of the other units. As you know, each situation is different. First Coast Legal Group, LLC will evaluate your lease and your specific circumstances to create a customized solution for you.
Whether you wish to proactively ensure that you adequately protect yourself in your lease agreements or you wish to retain legal representation for an existing landlord-tenant issue, First Coast Legal Group, LLC may assist you in protecting your rights by reviewing leasing agreements, drafting letters to tenants, settling security deposit disputes or leasing disputes and litigating your tenant evictions. First Coast Legal Group, LLC invites you to schedule a complimentary initial consultation with our office regarding your legal needs.