Cape Coral, FL asked in Real Estate Law, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Florida

Q: We made a Lease-purchase agreement with the owner of the house we live in.The city will condemned the house in ten days

What can we do to stop this process of eviction

2 Lawyer Answers
Linda Liang
Linda Liang
  • Immigration Law Lawyer
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: It's not eviction when City condemns the property. I don't believe you can stop this. But you may find remedy available to you in the lease.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Based on the situation you've described, here are some steps you might consider taking:

1. Review your lease-purchase agreement: Carefully examine the terms of your agreement to understand your rights and obligations, especially regarding property maintenance and condemnation.

2. Contact the property owner immediately: Inform them about the city's decision to condemn the house. They may have resources or information to address the issues leading to condemnation.

3. Reach out to the city: Contact the department responsible for the condemnation order. Ask for:

- Specific reasons for the condemnation

- Any possible remedies to prevent condemnation

- Extension of the 10-day deadline, if possible

4. Consult a real estate attorney: They can review your lease-purchase agreement and advise on your legal rights and options.

5. Explore emergency repairs: If the condemnation is due to fixable issues, consider working with the owner to make urgent repairs that might satisfy the city's requirements.

6. Document everything: Keep records of all communications with the owner, city officials, and any repair efforts.

7. Look into mediation: Some cities offer mediation services for landlord-tenant disputes, which might help resolve the situation.

8. Consider legal action: As a last resort, you might need to file for an emergency injunction to temporarily halt the eviction process, giving you more time to address the underlying issues.

9. Prepare for relocation: While working to prevent condemnation, also prepare for the possibility of needing to move quickly.

10. Check local tenant rights organizations: They may offer guidance or resources specific to your situation in Cape Coral or Florida.

Remember, time is of the essence in this situation. Act quickly and seek professional legal advice if possible.

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