Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Does my landlord have the right to evict me if I moved out well before eviction.

2016-2017, I lived in a shared 4 bedroom apartment with roommates apart of off-campus housing in Orlando, FL. I ACCIDENTALLY signed a lease agreement for 12 months on April 12, 2017. The lease would start in August 2017 and end in July 2018. In the event where I could not find anyone to sublet my lease, I had moved out well before the lease start date but without notifying the landlord. I only never returned the key. Do they have the right to evict me if I wasnt there?

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

A: Wow. I never cease to be amazed at the bizarre situations many people get themselves in by not doing what they know is the right thing to do--at the time it should have been done.

Learn this lesson well: When you signed the original annual lease for the school year August 2016-August 2017 you had to be aware of both the beginning date and the ending date, right? You also had to be aware of what you were doing in April 2017 when you "accidentally" signed a renewal lease for the next school year beginning in August 2017; right?

And you have admitted that you (a) knew exactly what you were doing when you abandoned your roommates and the leased premises sometime after April 2017, before the new lease started in August; right? Finally, you have also admitted your failure to do the right thing by (a) not even trying to notify the landlord and (b) by keeping the key to the leased premises; right?

My legal conclusion: The fact that you moved out before the second lease that you signed even began is irrelevant. Your immature intentional deceitful actions led the landlord to believe that you continued living in the same leased premises for the entire school year of August 2107 to August 2018. You lose.

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