Landlord and Tenant Disputes Under Florida’s Landlord Tenant Laws
Rental property is common in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, and the surrounding areas; therefore, our law firm provides comprehensive legal services to resolve disputes between landlords and tenants. Our landlord and tenant disputes practice handles all matters related to rental property including drafting, revising, and reviewing rental and lease agreements. We also represent landlords and tenants in disputes.
The first step in resolving a landlord tenant dispute is to understand each party’s rights and duties with regard to the rental property.
A Tenant’s Rights and Duties
When you rent a home in Florida, you become a tenant under Florida’s residential Landlord Tenant Act. The act specifically sets forth your rights and duties as a tenant. Your lease agreement may also set forth rights and duties specific to your arrangement with the landlord; however, the Landlord Tenant Act prevails over any provisions in the lease agreement that contradict the law. It is important you hire an experienced landlord and tenant disputes attorney who understands the law and how to use this law to protect your rights as a tenant.
As a tenant, you have many rights including the right to peaceful possession (“quiet enjoyment” in legal parlance) of the rental unit and a right to privacy. You also have the right to live in a rental unit that has working utilities, is free from pests, and is structurally sound. If the landlord refuses to correct problems with the rental property which are legally the landlord’s responsibility or if the landlord violates the rental agreement, you can hire a landlord and tenant disputes attorney to force the landlord to perform under the terms of your rental agreement and/or under the provisions of the Florida Landlord Tenant Act, or pursue other remedies.
A Landlord’s Rights and Duties
A landlord also has certain rights and duties outlined in the Florida Landlord Tenant Act and as provided by the lease agreement with the tenant. Obviously one of the most important rights of a landlord is to receive timely payment of all rent for the unit. Another important right of the landlord is to receive the property in the same condition at the end of the rental agreement as it was at the commencement, less ordinary wear and tear. When a tenant damages rental property or refuses to pay rent, the landlord may seek various legal remedies to hold the tenant responsible for damages and unpaid rent.
As a landlord, you have the duty to maintain the property to provide a safe environment for your tenants. Your duties may be limited or conditioned depending on the terms of the rental agreement; however, the Landlord Tenant Act will prevail if you attempt to insert terms into your rental agreement that violate public policy, result in illegal use of the property, or violate the provision of the Landlord Tenant Act.
Hiring an Experienced Jupiter Landlord Tenant Disputes Attorney
Disputes between landlords and tenants are common. A Palm Beach County landlord tenant disputes attorney has the training, experience, and knowledge to resolve these disputes in the most timely, cost-effective manner possible. If you have a landlord tenant dispute, contact The Law Office of Richard S. Weinstein, P.A. by telephone at 561-745-3040 or online to discuss your rights and duties as a landlord or a tenant.