Knowing Your Duties as a Landlord Can Help Prevent Unnecessary Delays in Eviction Cases
Many Florida landlords faced huge financial burdens in 2020 as eviction bans have been extended throughout the entire year. The latest federal stimulus package extends these protections throughout January 31, 2021, but landlords can prepare now to be sure their eviction cases are handled properly. A little preparation now can save landlords serious delays in the eviction process – especially as the housing courts work through a backlog of eviction cases from 2020. These cases will keep the courts busy through 2021 and possibly even beyond that.
The Florida Bar maintains a helpful summary of the rights and responsibilities landlords owe to their tenants. These are basic responsibilities related to the habitability of rented premises. There is also helpful information about what documents and notices must be made to the tenant in writing. In addition to these tips, landlords should also be aware of the proper process for lawfully evicting a tenant. Some desperate landlords have tried illegal tactics, such as shutting off utilities, to try to force tenants out of their homes. Florida law prohibits these. Unlawful attempts to force a tenant out can delay – or even stop – the lawful eviction process.
A Foreclosure and Eviction Lawyer in Casselberry and Oviedo Can Help
The experienced Casselberry and Oviedo eviction attorneys at Quattrochi and Torres are here to answer all your questions about your legal responsibilities as a landlord. By consulting with an attorney now, you can have your documentation and evidence ready to go as soon as your case is able to be filed. Your attorney will ensure that you have complied with the law and all procedural requirements to avoid any unnecessary delays in the eviction process. The small investment of attorney’s fees can pay dividends in mitigating your losses with lost rental revenue. Call 407.452.4918 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.