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Understanding Commercial Evictions in Florida: A Legal Guide

Commercial evictions in Florida involve unique legal considerations compared to residential evictions. Whether you are a landlord seeking to evict a tenant for breach of lease terms, or a tenant facing eviction, understanding the legal framework and processes is crucial. The Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. provides expert legal guidance to navigate commercial evictions, ensuring that your rights and interests are effectively protected.

What Constitutes a Commercial Eviction?

Commercial eviction refers to the process by which a landlord legally removes a tenant from a commercial property due to a breach of the lease agreement. Common reasons for commercial evictions include non-payment of rent, violation of lease conditions, or the expiration of the lease without renewal.

Legal Framework Governing Commercial Evictions in Florida

Florida law stipulates specific procedures and rights concerning commercial evictions, which differ significantly from residential eviction laws. Key aspects include:

  1. Lease Agreements: Commercial evictions are primarily governed by the terms of the lease agreement. It is crucial that both landlords and tenants understand the provisions related to default and eviction.

  2. Notice Requirements: Before proceeding with an eviction, landlords must provide tenants with proper notice, as outlined in the lease. This notice often includes a grace period during which the tenant can remedy the breach to avoid eviction.

  3. Court Involvement: If the tenant does not remedy the breach within the specified time, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit. Unlike residential evictions, commercial tenants less often have the right to withhold rent due to issues related to the condition of the property.

Steps in the Commercial Eviction Process

The process for evicting a commercial tenant in Florida generally involves several steps:

  • Issuing an Eviction Notice: The landlord must first issue a formal notice to the tenant, stating the reason for eviction and providing a deadline for correcting the issue or vacating the premises.

  • Filing an Eviction Suit: If the tenant fails to comply with the notice, the landlord can file an eviction lawsuit. This legal action must detail the facts of the case and the lease provisions that justify eviction.

  • Court Hearing and Judgment: Both parties present their case in court. If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, a writ of possession is issued, ordering the tenant to leave the property.

  • Enforcement of Writ: If the tenant still does not vacate the property, law enforcement can remove the tenant and their possessions under the writ of possession.

Landlord Rights and Responsibilities

Landlords must adhere to strict legal procedures during an eviction. Key responsibilities include:

  • Providing Proper Notice: Ensuring all notifications to the tenant are legally compliant and documented.
  • Maintaining the Property: Landlords cannot use "self-help" methods, such as changing locks or shutting off utilities, to evict a tenant.
  • Following Court Orders: Engaging in eviction only after receiving a court order.

Tenant Rights and Defenses

Tenants can defend against eviction if they believe the eviction is unjustified. Defenses may include:

  • Improper Notice: Arguing that the eviction notice was not given in accordance with Florida law or the lease terms.
  • Rent Payment: Demonstrating that rent was paid on time or that the alleged breach of the lease did not occur.
  • Retaliatory Eviction: Claiming that the eviction is a retaliation for the tenant's lawful actions.

Why Legal Representation is Critical

Given the complexities and potential consequences of commercial evictions, both landlords and tenants benefit from legal representation. The Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. can:

  • Navigate Legal Procedures: Ensuring all legal steps are correctly followed to avoid delays or legal repercussions.
  • Negotiate Settlements: Often, disputes can be resolved through negotiation rather than litigation, saving time and resources.
  • Provide Court Representation: When litigation is necessary, having experienced attorneys can make a significant difference in the outcome.


Commercial evictions in Florida are governed by a complex set of laws that require careful navigation. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, understanding your legal rights and obligations is crucial. The Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. is committed to providing expert legal assistance to ensure your interests are protected throughout the eviction process.

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For more detailed information about commercial evictions or to discuss your specific situation, contact the Law Offices of Aaron Resnick, P.A. today. Our team is ready to help you understand your legal options and provide the support you need during this challenging time.

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