Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: Can my landlord evict us through a text message, and schedule a showing of the house while we are still paying rent

The landlord is trying to evict us even though we are current and up to date on rent. They are only texting eviction notice and today they text me saying they have scheduled a showing for tomorrow at 9am , even though we are still paying rent every month and are currently living in the home. The landlords say that because we've had to pay rent late, (but always by the end of the month), plus the late fee, due to Covid and job loss plus, that's why they are trying to evict us. We've tried several times to talk to them, ask them to speak face to face, but they never do they only want to talk through text messages. Even when my husband was out of work for several months and then could only find temporary work with significant pay cuts, we have always made sure they had all of the rent plus the late fee by the end of the month. We just want to know our rights, especially since they now text us and told us they are showing the house at 9am tomorrow, where we stand. Can we refuse to let them

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

A: Landlord must send notice to you and provide proof to the court. Text message is not a proper notice under Section 83.56(3), Florida Statutes. You are not required to accommodate the showing because you are legal possessor of the premise.

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