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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: My apartment is charging me double what I agreed and signed off on in order to break the lease, is this legal?

I broke my lease due to loud neighbors and the dog next door trying to bite me, both issues of which the office failed to address. My rent is $1,073 a month. I signed an agreement in my lease to pay $2,146. While I verbally made them aware I wanted to break the lease, they neglected to tell me that... Read more »

Shirlarian Williams
Shirlarian Williams answered on Mar 9, 2016

It would be impossible to answer your question without reviewing your lease. I would suggest contacting an attorney in your area and having them review the lease. In regards to the damages to the property, the landlord would have to make a claim for your security deposit and there is a specific... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: We have spent over 5000 dollars to make the property we are renting,is our landlord responsible to reimburse us?

When we initially were moving in to this property the previous tenants had left it uninhabitable, our landlord lives out of state and we needed a place to live,so we took possession of the house and the mission to make it livable-entire kitchen rebuilt,plumbing for bathroom,etc,,,. Still have no... Read more »

Shirlarian Williams
Shirlarian Williams answered on Mar 9, 2016

Did the landlord agree (in writing) to reimburse you prior to the repairs being made? What does your lease say regarding repairs? I am unable to answer your question based off of the facts you have submitted. I would suggest having an experienced landlord-tenant attorney review your lease and any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure for Florida on
Q: In the state of Florida, how long does it take to foreclose on a home?
Shirlarian Williams
Shirlarian Williams answered on Mar 9, 2016

It depends. If the foreclosure is uncontested and there are only a few defendants the process will be a lot quicker than if it's a contested matter. I've seen foreclosure cases resolved in six months and I've seen some take six years. There's no real time frame. I would suggest... Read more »

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Q: I am renting a home that is about to go into foreclosure. How long will I have to move out?

The papers are going to be served next month, I have been renting from the owner for years with no formal lease. Will I need to move out immediately or will I have time to save up before having to physically be out?

Shirlarian Williams
Shirlarian Williams answered on Mar 9, 2016

You do not have to vacate the property because it is in the middle of a foreclosure proceeding. However, if the property does get foreclosed upon, you would most likely need to work out an agreement with the new owner or vacate the property. It's important to note that since you have a month... Read more »

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