Fort Walton Beach Residential Eviction Attorneys
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Florida has very specific laws that govern how and when a landlord can evict a tenant for violating a rental agreement. Because this is a procedural process, even a single misstep can give your former tenant grounds to fight an eviction. At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our Fort Walton Beach residential eviction lawyers can evaluate your case and confirm that you’re observing Florida’s complex landlord-tenant laws. Our experienced legal has a comprehensive understanding of this legal process and can protect and represent the interests of your property management company through even the most complicated tenant evictions.
Contact our Fort Walton Beach residential eviction attorneys at (800) 822-5170 to review your legal options.
Eviction Statutes & Regulations in Florida
When issuing an eviction notice, landlords are required to follow the procedures listed in Chapter 51 (Summary Procedures) and Chapter 83 (Florida Residential Landlord-Tenant Act) of the Florida state landlord-tenant statutes. For example, if your tenant isn’t paying rent, you need to send them a 3-day notice to either pay the rent or vacate the property. Likewise, you can’t evict a tenant for violating the rental agreement without first sending a written notice that gives them 7 days to move out.
In Florida, a tenant can use the following defenses when challenging an eviction:
- The landlord used “self-help” eviction procedures
- The landlord didn’t give the tenant an opportunity to fix the rental agreement violation
- The landlord falsely accused the tenant of violating the rental agreement
- The eviction notice had errors
- The tenant has already paid the late rent in full
- The tenant intentionally didn’t pay rent because the landlord failed to maintain the property
- The landlord is retaliating against the tenant
- The landlord is in violation of the Fair Housing Act and the Florida Fair Housing Act
You may need to take legal action if your tenant fights the eviction notice and refuses to move out within the specified time period. Our lawyers can help you file a complaint at the proper courthouse and represent your interests during the hearing. During this hearing, the judge will listen to the tenant’s defense argument and examine your complaint to decide if the eviction is legally sound.
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Unfortunately, the relationship between a landlord and a tenant isn’t always defined by trust and open communication. When a serious dispute arises, the tenant or the landlord may decide that courtroom intervention is necessary. In this scenario, the success of your case may depend on retaining the services of an attorney who understands the ins and outs of landlord-tenant law. If you’re a landlord or the representative of a property investment group, apartment company, or property management company, contact The Virga Law Firm, P.A. today. We can handle the legal details of your eviction cases from start to finish. We take pride in offering exceptional legal services to Florida residents at cost-effective prices.
If you require legal representation, contact The Virga Law Firm, P.A. at (800) 822-5170 to schedule a consultation.