Thonotosassa, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: What can a tenant do when a landlord retaliates with eviction due to code violations?

Upon move-in this home in question, several major repairs were needed, floors needed to be replaced, roof needed leaks fixed, termites, rodent infestation, etc. In lease agreement we have repairs needed to be started within 30 days or we (tenants) would not pay any further rent. No repairs were ever started, (for 9 months) we sustained injuries in the home due to landlords negligence of repairs, when we called in a code complaint in (Jan/2019), landlord started retaliative eviction (April/2019). What can we do as tenants?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: The best thing to do is to stop paying any rent to the landlord who owns the dump and move out.

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