As a landlord in Florida you must be aware of your rights and responsibilities. If you are caught in violation of Florida rental law you may be liable for monetary penalties and legal repercussions Depending on the situation and the violation in question a landlord can be liable for monetary losses incurred by a tenant due to the landlords’ actions.
There are several regulations that a landlord must comply with. A landlord may not evict a tenant for non-payment or violation of the lease terms without proper notice to the tenant and an eviction filed through your local court system. Landlords may not make changes to the property that intends to restrict or prevent the renter access to that property until authority is given through the eviction process. A landlord may not decline to maintain required amenities on the property due to lease violations by the tenant. Each action is a separate violation and is enforceable in court. When there is cause for the landlord to refuse the return of a tenants deposit the landlord must follow deposit forfeiture guidelines. A detailed explanation for the forfeiture or charges applied against the deposit must be supplied in writing within 30 days of the return or denial by the landlord. The landlord may not incorporate an unreasonable clause within the lease stating an automatic forfeiture of the deposit without cause.
Landlords in Florida have a responsibility to meet the rental guidelines provided by Florida statutes. It is wise to consult a Tenant/Landlord lawyer before you enter a rental agreement for the first time to ensure that you are in compliance with Florida statutes on the property as well as making sure that clauses incorporated into the lease are legally binding and provide the proper protection for your property. If you are a landlord and believe that you are within your rights to file an eviction or refuse to return a deposit to a tenant consult with a Florida landlord/tenant lawyer to be sure that you are in following all required procedures to do so. If a landlord fails to meet the requirements mandated by law the landlord can be faced with legal action as well as financial obligations to the tenant. There can be a severe price for the knowledge a landlord does not possess. Don’t take any chances by doing it on your own, consult with a Florida landlord/tenant lawyer before taking any legal actions.