Lakeland, FL asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Can my landlord suddenly give me a 3 day eviction notice because I owe late fees? Rent is paid. Late fees are months old

I complained about a parking problem, then she posted the 3 day notice. Rent is current ..late fees are from two months Sept and October

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

A: Read your lease. Generally, usually, normally, late fees are considered rent and due along with the next rent payment. Let's say your October rent was $500. You paid late and were assessed a $50 late fee. Your November rent due is $550, not $500.

Now you need to come up with everything you owe within the 3 day time period, or face eviction. The mere filing of the eviction complaint is enough to make it difficult to rent anything decent for a long time.

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

A: Because you owe late fee, which is considered as part of rent, they have claim to file eviction. You may have defense that the eviction is form of retaliation if you have facts to support it, meaning if you can connect your complaining of parking problem with the eviction.

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