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Assisting Clients With Landlord/Tenant Matters in Florida

Disputes between landlords and tenants are extremely common in Miami, and they occur for a number of reasons. Regardless of whether you are a landlord or tenant involved in a dispute, it is important to know your rights and obligations, as it may save you time and money in the end. Our Miami landlord/tenant lawyer knows the law on these relationships and can help with your case.

Call Revah Law today at (888) 218-4125 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with our landlord/tenant attorney in Miami-Dade County.

How Can a Lawyer Assist You As a Landlord

Landlords have a number of responsibilities and it is important proper procedure is followed. If you are a landlord, a lawyer can assist with the following:

  • Rent increases: Florida law does not outline any rent control procedures, meaning you can raise the rent by as much as you would like. Still, you must provide proper notice to your tenants before demanding an increase.
  • Security deposits: If you do not plan on retaining any of the tenant’s security deposit, you must return it within 15 days of the tenant moving out. If you plan to keep any portion of the security deposit, you must provide written notice to the tenant and ensure you are keeping the security deposit for a valid reason.
  • Evictions: Evicting a tenant is always risky. Before evicting a tenant, you must have a valid reason for doing so, and must provide notice to the tenant. The eviction process is a long one, and it is always advised that you work with a knowledgeable attorney.

What are Tenants' Rights Under Florida Law?

Tenants have many rights under Florida law and when a landlord has failed to meet their obligations outlined in a lease, you can take action. If you are a tenant, our lawyer can help with the following issues:

  • Habitability of the property: Rental premises must be in a habitable condition and comply with all applicable building codes. Properties must be kept in a livable condition and when premises are in disrepair and a landlord does not fix the condition, the tenant can break the lease and find somewhere else to live.
  • Quiet enjoyment of the property: In most situations, landlords must provide at least 12 hours of notice before they enter the property. Landlords can also only enter the property for very specific reasons and they cannot enter at inappropriate times, such as in the middle of the night.
  • Security deposits: If your landlord has retained all or a portion of your security deposit without a valid reason, or has not returned your deposit within an appropriate amount of time, you should speak to a lawyer that can help with your dispute.

What Are the Rights of a Landlord in Florida?

Landlords in Florida have specific rights designed to protect their property investments and ensure fair treatment in rental agreements. Understanding these rights is crucial for maintaining a harmonious landlord-tenant relationship and avoiding legal pitfalls.

  • Right to Collect Rent: Landlords can collect rent as the lease agreement stipulates. If a tenant fails to pay rent on time, the landlord can issue a three-day notice demanding payment or possession of the property.
  • Right to Property Maintenance and Entry: Landlords are entitled to maintain their properties and ensure they are in good condition. They have the right to enter the rental unit for inspections, repairs, and maintenance, provided they give reasonable notice to the tenant, typically 12 hours, and enter at a reasonable time.
  • Right to Evict: Under Florida law, landlords can evict tenants for several reasons, including non-payment of rent, lease violations, or damage to the property. The eviction process must follow legal procedures, beginning with a written notice and, if necessary, proceeding through the court system.
  • Right to Charge for Damages: Landlords can hold tenants financially responsible for damages beyond normal wear and tear. This includes repairs needed due to tenant negligence or intentional damage.
  • Right to Set Lease Terms: Landlords have the authority to set the terms and conditions of the lease, including rules on pets, guest policies, and maintenance responsibilities. These terms must comply with state and federal laws.

Common Issues in Landlord/Tenant Disputes

Landlord and tenant disputes can arise from various issues, often requiring legal intervention. Some common disputes may include:

  • Non-Payment of Rent: One of the most common concerns is tenants failing to pay rent on time. Landlords need to follow specific legal steps to address this, including providing the appropriate notice and potentially filing for eviction.
  • Lease Violations: Disputes often occur when tenants violate lease terms, such as keeping unauthorized pets or exceeding occupancy limits. Landlords must handle these violations according to the lease agreement and state laws.
  • Maintenance and Repairs: Tenants may withhold rent if necessary repairs are not made, leading to conflicts. Clear communication and adherence to legal procedures are essential to resolving these issues.
  • Security Deposit Disputes: Disputes over the return of security deposits are common. Tenants may feel unjustly charged for damages, while landlords seek compensation for property damage or unpaid rent.

Contact Our Landlord/Tenant Attorney in Miami-Dade County Today

If you have a dispute pertaining to your rental situation, our Miami landlord/tenant lawyer at Revah Law can advise you of the law and your legal options. 

Ready to Resolve Your Rental Dispute? Contact our Miami landlord-tenant Attorney today (888) 218-4125 or reach out online for a free consultation.


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