Landlord-tenant laws affect all aspects of a tenancy, from move-in (starting with tenant screening) to move out (when and how a tenancy ends).
If you rent a house, apartment or mobile home to another person, you enter into a legal contract known as a rental agreement. Your obvious right as a landlord is to receive rent for the use of the property. Another important right is to have your property returned to you undamaged at the end of the agreement.
When a person pays to live in a house, apartment or mobile home the renter becomes a tenant governed by Florida law. A tenant has certain basic rights protected by Florida law which the landlord must observe.
Landlord Tenant Law
Because the landlord/tenant relationship is a legal contract, you should understand its various provisions before you rent your property to anyone. As a landlord you will be required to provide living quarters that are safe and kept in good repair. At the end of the rental term, the tenant must return the property with no damage beyond ordinary wear and tear. Both landlords and tenants have specific rights and responsibilities to each-other under state law.
Let us help you be the best landlord possible and to make sure that if you are a renter, you preserve your rights and understand your responsibilities. At Green and Kahn P.L. we are here to help both landlords and tenants to understand their respective duties and responsibilities and to resolve any issues that may arise during these relationships. Should a landlord-tenant dispute end up in court, for example in an eviction or personal injury lawsuit, both landlord and tenant will need an experienced attorney to represent them. Please contact us directly if you would like to discuss any potential landlord tenant matter.