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Pensacola Landlord/Tenant Dispute Lawyers

Representation for Landlords and Tenants in Florida

Landlords and tenants are both expected to uphold contractual obligations when they officially begin their business relationship. When one party fails to uphold their responsibilities, the other is put in a difficult situation. No one wants to strain their relationship with a landlord or tenant, but regulations must sometimes be enforced by law before a party steps up to their responsibility.

If you are engaged in a landlord/tenant dispute in the Pensacola area, contact our experienced attorneys at The Virga Law Firm, P.A. We represent both landlords and tenants when a party fails to uphold legal and contractual obligations.

If you are embroiled in a landlord/tenant dispute, contact our firm today at (800) 822-5170.

Landlord Responsibilities

As a tenant, your landlord has a responsibility to provide you with a safe living space that meets basic needs. When a landlord fails to uphold these responsibilities and refuses to remedy them even after you have brought it to their attention, you have grounds for legal action.

Landlord responsibilities in Florida include:

  • Complying with all applicable building, housing, and health codes
  • Keeping the building in reasonably good condition, which includes working plumbing and solid structural components such as windows and doors
  • Keeping the building free of pests such as rats, ants, mice, termites, etc.
  • Maintaining clean and tidy common areas
  • Providing secure locks and keys
  • Ensuring tenants have access to garbage disposal facilities
  • Providing access to running water, hot water, and heat

While the landlord is responsible for ensuring a tenant has access to all of these utilities and features, they are not obligated to pay for all of them. If you believe your landlord is not maintaining proper upkeep of the property, you should speak with an attorney.

Tenant Responsibilities

When a tenant does not comply with their own responsibilities regarding property upkeep, the landlord has the right to pursue eviction. This is not a decision to be made lightly, and, as a landlord, you need to be certain the tenant has been given every opportunity to remedy the problem before pursuing eviction.

Tenant responsibilities include:

  • Complying with all building and health codes
  • Removing garbage from the premises
  • Remaining respectful of other tenants by not causing unreasonable disturbance
  • Keeping plumbing fixtures in good repair
  • Taking care not to cause unnecessary damage to the facilities

Under Florida law, tenants have seven days to correct a problem before a notice of eviction can be posted. However, some offenses, such as the deliberate destruction of property or unreasonable disturbance, do not require a warning. In these cases, the tenant has seven days to surrender the premises once they have been notified of their eviction.

Contact Our Firm for Experienced Counsel

When a tenant or landlord fails to uphold their responsibilities, you have to take action to enforce the agreement. At the Virga Law Firm, P.A., our landlord/tenant dispute attorneys in Pensacola can help you hold the other party accountable. Sometimes, just getting a letter from an attorney is enough to motivate one party into acting.

Call (800) 822-5170 today to schedule an appointment at our firm.