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Q: Can the property manager charge me $500 more to move in when it's not on the welcome letter or outlined in signed lease?

Landlord says I need to pay $3000 to move in, but the deposits, pro-rated rent, first month's rent, community's fees, pet deposits and pet rent do not add up to $3000. Instead, it adds up to $2500. I asked the property and they said I'm forgetting pet fees and the math is right.. but... View More

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Mar 2, 2024

You seem to have answered your question yourself. You are basically asking if the other party to your contract (the overall deal you made) can add a charge that you did not agree to, for no reason. Of course not. I suggest you give the landlord your written itemized figures and ask if you're... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Construction Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: They are building a new complex next to mine, the Construction often starts at 5am. I don't want to pay my full rent.

It's been going on for nearly 2 years now. Theres always dust in my apt, i cant ooen the windows etc. BUT Since the holidays they have been starting Construction at 5am a few times per week. Other tenants here have called the police but it still happens. I have videos and photos of the... View More

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Q: Violation of Florida's Implied Warranty of Habitability and Section 83.64 Prohibited Practices

- Maintenance requests ignored, leading to uninhabitable living conditions

- Retaliatory conduct by maintenance personnel, including threats and property damage

- Misrepresentation of completed repairs, non-compliance with the Broward electrical code

- Ongoing and severe... View More

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Q: What are my tenant rights when the property has been transferred to a new Owner but had verbal agreement with old one?

My family was renting a house in FL. They had a verbal agreement set in place with the prior owner of the property, who sold it mid-lease. The verbal agreement was to be able to terminate the lease with no repercussions as they understood we were saving up to buy a house of our own to start a... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Collections and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Will I get my security deposit back if I settle a disputed debt with collection agency?

My former landlord has kept my security deposit and sent a debt that I disputed to collections. Will I get my security deposit back if I settle the debt with the collection agency?

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Q: Did I give my 7 day notice to repair or terminate in time to my landlord?

I gave my landlord a 7 day notice to repair my unit or terminate the lease on 2/23/24 this year is a leap year.

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Q: Can a rental company make us pay for their cable after already being here a year?

We fulfilled our year lease contract and want to continue month to month for our kids to finish school, but in that contract they want us to pay for their cable when we’ve already had a service provider for a year. It’s way more expensive than what we currently pay on top of the increase in... View More

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Q: I am a Florida landlord. A tenant has applied saying their pet is ESA. What are legal requirements for an ESA letter?

They are saying there is a need for two cats. It looks like the letter was bought online. And they are submitting two separate letters. One for each cat. I do not think either therapist knows about the other cat. What should I do? The letter also contact no contact info for the "doctors".

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Q: Property manager and regional office does not take care of maintenance request what can I do after several requests?

I have called stopped by the offices and even sent them a certified letter and nothing is being done and my unit is getting worse even with mold with my child having asthma and me notifying of this matter as well.

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Q: Can I legally break my lease due to roach infestation?

I moved in my apartment a week ago and the second day there were roaches. They sprayed but it’s a decent infestation. I want to break my lease and move out asap but don’t wanna be charged the 3,000$ fee to break the lease. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

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Q: I received a letter of non-renewal and would like to know why and whether I can extend the date

My landlord hired a new property management company recently. Everyone in the apartment community received letters on our doors updating us on new payment guidelines.

I am a holdover tenant. Last month, I paid the firm in person and mentioned to them that I had sent via certified mail to... View More

Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Feb 16, 2024

Your lease is expired. You are a holdover. The landlord does not have to give you a reason, although they cannot discriminate against you because of your disability. However, the fact that you are a holdover may be something that the management company does not want to deal with. Also, you have 6... View More

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Q: Is a tenant required to pay early termination penalty fees if he was given a 7 day notice to vacate in Florida?
Barry W. Kaufman
Barry W. Kaufman
answered on Feb 16, 2024

The early termination penalty is meant to compensate the landlord for the loss of rental income on the lease, because the tenant is electing to terminate the lease early. When the landlord terminates the tenancy, the landlord is one taking action to terminate; he is electing by choice to forgo the... View More

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Q: My lease is up at the end of February and my landlord wants to put us on a month to month lease.

She sent us a letter stating this dated January 16 but we’re not comfortable on a month to month lease so we’re deciding to leave March 1. My current lease states if we want to leave at the end of our lease we have to give a 60 day notice. If my landlord didn’t give us adequate time to decide... View More

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In Florida, if your lease requires a 60-day notice to vacate and your landlord is proposing a change to a month-to-month lease as your current lease expires, the original lease terms typically remain in effect until explicitly altered by both parties. However, if your landlord's notice of the... View More

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Q: How long can a landlord wait to file a notice to cure before they waive the right to do so?

I am dealing with a semi-hostile landlord, They inspected my unit roughly three weeks ago. at the time they inspected the maintenance person pointed out a few very minor issues such as, I had just changed the cat litter they had kicked some of the new litter out and I had not swept it up as I had... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: If I was wrongfully evicted from my residence as a renter and I have a contract for deed can i still record it?

On Aug 1 2022 i entered into a private contract for deed. on sept 16 2023 the seller died. he gave General Durable POA w/appointed agent to a guy named Jay. In Sept 2023 i was short on my mortgage, Jay agreed to payments & i gave him $260. on sept 5 he gave me a 3 day notice that said i did not... View More

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Q: What Florida statute protects a disabled adult tenant from deception and intimidation causing great psychological harm?

Property manager began deception and intimidation by means of verbal threats of eviction. Then began a self-help eviction using an out of state eviction notice posted at disabled adult's home. For six months the property manager continued to deceive and intimidate the tenant through a variety... View More

Linda Liang
Linda Liang
answered on Feb 13, 2024

Florida Statutes 768 governs torts.

0 Answers | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Florida on
Q: Can I do anything or break my lease without it ruining anything?

Moved into my apartment about 3 years ago. Apartment fower ceiling has leaked 3 times per year for the past 3 years resulting in damaged floor boards, dark water stains down the walls, ruined carpet, discolored ceiling, soft walls and black mold. Black mold was then covered up by paint. Bedroom... View More

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Q: Holding fee taken and no rental!

I went to a mobile home park about rentals available posted all over craigs list. I went to the park and did a tour of a 3 bedroom 2 bath mobile. The manager told me that she will get me in quickly. I took the unit she said that all that needed to be done was buff out the floors from the paint from... View More

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Q: Is what my landlord has done to me for the last 2 years legal? What can I do?

The mobile home I live in is unhabitable, with safety violations and hazards. Floors caved in,black mold, no stove, missing windows, no heat, no back door, and randomly added fees for services not provided to me. I have served these people twice, holding the rent until repairs are made. They refuse... View More

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