Tallahassee, FL asked in Civil Litigation and Contracts for Florida

Q: Can I break my lease without paying anything? Does this constitute as inhabitable?

I moved on the 20th of this month. I paid a full months rent. When I moved in the place smelt like cigarettes, the flooring wasn’t don’t properly. There is a gap between the flooring and the walls in all the bedrooms and living room. The furniture provided was scratched and damaged. The second bedroom door is broken. Our dryer hasn’t worked since we moved in. I’ve put in our inspection and the maintenance requests and no one responds. We’ve had spiders and roaches already. The windows shake whenever you open any bedroom doors and they are disgusting with smoke residue and potentially black mold. Which we informed them of and no response. I’ve kept all the emails and responses. Additionally, I have an EAS dog and they are still charging me 300 after I’ve submitted the paperwork. I want to leave and receive my money back but I’m worried they will try to keep it or make me pay for September.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Very few rental properties are perfect. When you moved in you should have inspected the place; if you didn't you are probably responsible for the rent payments for the duration of the lease.

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