EXPERIENCED LANDLORD/TENANT ATTORNEY
JACQUELINE A. SALCINES, ESQ.
Anyone who rents a dwelling in Florida is covered under Florida Statutes Chapter 83. Many tenants are not aware of their rights when renting, particularly with respect to the condition of the property and what the Landlord is required to do. The following is a short but non-inclusive list of landlord duties under the terms of a written or verbal lease in Miami Dade County:
- Roof must not leak;
- The walls must be water and weather tight;
- The stairs must be safe;
- Windows and doors must be weather tight and rodent proof;
- Outside doors must have proper locks;
- Windows can not have cracks or holes;
- Inside floors, ceilings and walls must be in good repair,
- Must have hot water;
- Must have working water and flushing toilet;
- Good working condition of heating and electrical
MUST ADVISE LANDLORD IN WRITING
Any violation of the above requires WRITTEN notice to the Landlord if landlord breach.
Many tenants feel that sending a text message or voicemail is ok as to meet the notice requirements. However, under Fla. Statutes, landlords must be placed on written notice of the problem in order to allow them to correct it. Thereafter, A landlord can not evict a tenant because the tenant is complaining of the property being in disrepair. This is called retaliatory eviction and is not tolerated by the courts.
A landlord can not cut off water or electrical to the tenant merely because they have stopped paying rent.
Evictions are expensive and time consuming. And often, issues that arise can be resolved out of court.
However, if you require a letter or eviction filing, with over 16 years experience in real estate law and litigation, we are here to help.
At the Law Offices of Jacqueline Salcines, PA, attorney Jacqueline Salcines, as a real estate attorney for the past 16 years and holding a dual degree as an accountant, we can protect your interests and your investment.
The first consultation is always free of charge. Or email attorney Jacqueline Salcines directly your real estate question at J.Salcines@salcineslaw.com