Orlando, FL asked in Real Estate Law, Collections, Gov & Administrative Law and Municipal Law for Florida

Q: Can you have a daily accruing fine without notice for five years?

I repaired a city code violation in an apartment I own as I normally would so that I could rerent the apartment, it was air conditioning problem. After five years without any notice and thinking the matter was taken care of, I received a letter from code enforcement saying that my daily accrued fine balance was $120,000. Is it legal to have a daily occurring fine with a gap of five years in notice?

1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: I am unable to advise you on this important matter without first being able to see the original notice of code violation that you received from the city five years ago (you can request a copy) and reviewing the specific section of the Code(as it was five years ago) the city is using to try to collect $120,000 for a faulty air conditioner not worth more than $500.

My email address is bammab1@gmail.com

Bruce Alexander Minnick, Esq.

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