Orlando, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: I currently rent a property in Orlando, Florida I was given a notice today that the landlord wants to sell the property.

Obviously, I would very much like to cooperate with my landlord, but the fact of the matter is my landlord has chosen to endanger my family, by allowing numerous strangers to start viewing the property I rent 3 days per week & 1 day per weekend until our Lease ends in Feb 22. All of their legal jargon seems to protect them & does nothing to protect my family which has 2 toddlers. No vaccine is available for toddlers. I have no idea how I protect my family and the people who could bring the disease into my home.

What legal actions do I have if the landlord & his property managers bring visitors in who get my family sick? I work an essential full time job, so does my wife from the early morning until late afternoon Additionally, I have college classes staring next week & at various points during their showings I may have timed exams . Am I really just supposed to let people inside my home unattended, while I wait somewhere outside potentially numerous times daily?

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

A: The short answer to your lamentation is yes, you--and every other tenant living under a written lease--have to abide by all the written terms of your lease, regardless of how you feel about it and regardless of your fears.

If your lease is the standard lease used by 99.9% of the landlords in America it uses the restrictive clauses "reasonable notice" and "at reasonable hours" when telling you to expect strangers to enter the premises.

And most landlords will make reasonable accommodations for their tenants who have special needs or situations, such as not disturbing tenants whose have night jobs that require them to sleep during daytime hours.

IMPORTANT: The key to surviving this very common situation is to keep your cool; appear to be accommodating and helpful whenever discussing this touchy subject; and never allow yourself to get angry or abusive to anyone. Why?

Because you can catch more flies using honey than vinegar; right?

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