Tampa, FL asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Can an apartment complex reject an emergency assistance payment and add more fees after they agreed to accept payment?

I was a tenant and received an emergency assistance payment for $2000. The agreement with my complex and the county assistance was the county would pay $2000 and I was to pay the balance $478. When I paid the balance I was presented with a $600 water bill and $531 attorney fee and was told if I did not pay the eviction would continue and the $2000 would be returned. I have moved due to them proceeding with the eviction and now have a $9000 bill. What are my rights in Florida and can you sue for suffering?

2 Lawyer Answers
  • Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need to consult with a tenant attorney in your area to evaluate your rights.

  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you were already in eviction landlord already incurred attorney's fees which you owe via the lease/statute. You also owe your bills. It sounds like the assistance was PURELY rent and did not cover everything else going on. If you were evicted and there is a judgment, then you owe the judgment money unfortunately.

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