Hampton, VA asked in Land Use & Zoning, Landlord - Tenant and Real Estate Law for Florida

Q: If I have a house on a canal or body of water what legal concerns come with renting out my dock for boaters to rent?

Do I have rights to rent my dock since I don't "own the water"? What happens if they crash into my dock? Any legal concerns or suits that can be brought against me as the dock owner?

1 Lawyer Answer
Jane Kim
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  • Real Estate Law Lawyer
  • Naples, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If they crash into your dock, you'd have a lawsuit against them.

If someone drowns and the heirs may blame you for poor maintenance of the dock.

Here is a good resource as to what you'd need to establish lease terms, responsibilities, disclaimers and protections: https://blog.duncanseawall.com/3-tips-for-renting-out-a-boat-slip-in-southwest-florida

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