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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Drunken neighbors punching my door at night. Help appreciated.

Thank you for reading my question. The downstairs neighbors regularly come to my condo door drunk. They think it's okay to punch and kick the door at times when I am in the shower at night. A few months ago, they called in a false problem and maintenance burst through my door to find there was no... Read more »

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 11, 2019

You certainly have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of your leased property. You should inform your landlord of the situation and request assistance to resolve the issue. You should also inform law enforcement in any instance where your neighbors are being loud, aggressive or destructive.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Florida on
Q: My home is in my BF’s name. I contributed to the down payment I also pay half of the mortgage. Do I have any rights ?

It’s one year this month we moved in. I even signed a paper stating I split the mortgage with him. I just want to know if I can be entitled to something not 50/50 .

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 11, 2019

You may be entitled to reimbursement for your financial contributions and any improvements you made to the home. Keep detailed records of all payments and contributions in the event you are required to take legal action for reimbursement.

2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: What does it mean when the plaintiff in a non payment of rent eviction case files a motion to the court registry to rele

Release fees or funds that are paid into

the registry by the defendent prior to the scheduled hearing date and what if anything should the defendent do about it

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 10, 2019

If the tenant has paid outstanding rent into the registry of the court, then the landlord has the right to request that those funds be released to him/her. The court may not release the funds until the case is resolved, but the funds cannot be released absent a court order. There is no... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can a landlord charge a late fee after you paid rent? Late fee didn't show, paid rent, they went back and added it. Thx!

Hello,

I logged on to pay my rent on the 3rd, thought I submitted payment twice so I called them in the morning to which they said they didn't show any payment. Called my bank to make sure and they said that they didn't show anything on their end. I went on their website on the 4th... Read more »

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 8, 2019

The terms of your lease agreement will govern if and when the landlord may charge you a late fee. Generally, if rent is late then the landlord may assess a late fee.

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: MY LANDLORD IS EVICTING ME , WITHOUT GIVING ME THE LEGAL TIME TO CURE THE PROBLEM. I HAVE A SPECIAL NEEDS CHILD .

THE CHILD IS A WARD OF THE STATE AS WELL AS MY GRANDCHILD . MY RENT ISN'T DUE YET . AND HE HAS ALREADY FILED FOR EVICTION, PREMATURELY. I'M TRYING TO FIND AVENUES IN THIS SITUATION , THAT WILL ALLOW ME TIME TO FIND OTHER RESIDENCE . I READ ONCE THAT IF A PERSON HAVE MINOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL... Read more »

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Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 4, 2019

If and when you are served with the eviction summons, there are specific instructions to be followed to ensure that your due process rights are protected. Within five days of service, you must deposit all outstanding and now-due rent into the registry of the court through the clerk of court. You... Read more »

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Q: Tenant Early Termination

The home we are currently renting, lease is until September 30, 2019, is managed by a property mgmt company. The owners have sent a certified letter to the company to request termination of their contract and owners will take over as LL. I was told of this cancellation by the owner, via FB... Read more »

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Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 4, 2019

This will depend upon whether you have entered into a new written agreement with the owners that supersedes the prior agreement through the management company. If so, then whether you have to pay termination fees, etc. will be governed by the new agreement. If not, and the rental management... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can my neighbor constantly come onto my property taking pictures of myself and my family?

We recently had problems with them where the male neighbor attacked my boyfriend and has constantly yelled profanities at us. I just need to know if we can do anything about this

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 1, 2019

No. You have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of your property, whether you are an owner or a tenant. If this neighbor continues to enter your property without your permission, you have a couple of options. First, you can contact law enforcement and request that this person be issued a "no... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Do I have to provide tenant with a receipt for the repairs done after they moved out & I deduct money from their Deposit

Do I have to provide my tenant with a receipt for the repairs done after they moved out & I deducted money from their Deposit?

Repairs includes Carpet cleaning, maybe painting one of the rooms because they sealed the nail holes with mismatched color....etc...

Jennifer Hanson Copus
Jennifer Hanson Copus answered on Apr 1, 2019

Any deductions from a tenant's security deposit should comply with the requirements of Florida Statute 83.49. Landlords have 30 days from the termination of the lease to notify the tenant in writing of their intention to keep a portion of the tenant's security deposit. If the landlord fails to... Read more »

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