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

Q: My landlord gave me a 30 day notice saying he wasn’t going to extend my lease what can I do?

We’ve been staying in the house for 5+ years and they’ve decided that they are going to sell the house, we received a notice that the lease wouldn’t be renewed and only gave us 30 days to come up with money and somewhere new to live. I have no money saved up to move as I didn’t know we would be having to move, what do we do?

2 Lawyer Answers
Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
Answered
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If you are on a month to month lease, the LL is only required to give you 15 days notice. He gave you 30. You have no right to remain in the house after the lease expires. None. It doesn't matter if you've lived there 5 years or 5 days; you have to go. If you stay past the end of the lease, the LL can demand double rent or sue you for eviction. You do NOT want that, because the mere filing of an eviction complaint will ruin your ability to rent anything decent at an affordable price for a long time.

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
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Answered
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You need to have an attorney to review your lease and to see how many days of notice Landlord should give you for renewal. If he has not given sufficient notice for renewal, you can ask for more time. If he has, there is not much you can do about the lease.

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