If you pay rent to reside in a south Florida house, apartment, mobile home, or condominium, your legal rights and responsibilities as a tenant are set forth in the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act. When a landlord fails to live up to his or her legal responsibilities or violates the rights of a tenant, that tenant has the right to take legal action.
Residential tenants have extensive legal rights in Florida. If you believe that your landlord has violated your rights or your rental agreement, Fort Lauderdale tenant attorney Marc Brown can advise you regarding the best course of action.
What Are a Tenant’s Rights and a Landlord’s Responsibilities?
If you choose to file a lawsuit against your landlord, attorney Marc Brown will advocate aggressively on your behalf. Conversely, Marc Brown also represents tenants who have been sued by landlords in the Fort Lauderdale area.
A tenant has the right under Florida law to the “private, peaceful possession” of the residence. A landlord may enter only to inspect the premises or to make necessary or agreed-upon repairs, and only if the landlord gives the tenant reasonable notice and makes the inspection or repairs at a reasonable time. However, in an emergency, the requirement for notice may be shortened or waived.
Residences offered for rent must have working plumbing, hot water, and heat. Residences must also be structurally sound, with reasonable security that includes locking doors and windows, and they must be pest-free. Landlords must comply with all applicable building, health, and safety codes. If repairs are needed, the landlord is responsible and obligated to pay for those repairs.
Obtain the Help You Need in a Legal Dispute With Your Landlord
Any term of your lease or rental contract that violates the Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act will not be honored or enforced by a court. If you are not sure about what your rental contract or lease requires, or if your landlord is not fulfilling the obligations spelled out in that agreement, contact the Fort Lauderdale law offices of Marc Brown, P.A. at once.
Landlord-tenant disputes in this state are usually settled to everyone’s satisfaction through private, out-of-court negotiations. However, if a negotiated settlement with your landlord is unavailable, attorney Marc Brown will take the dispute to court and aggressively protect your interests.
If you have questions or concerns regarding rent payments, security deposits, lease agreements, or privacy matters, our law firm can provide the advice and insights you need. If you are facing an imminent eviction, contact us immediately, because there may be legal options – that you are not aware of – that will allow you to remain in your home.
We Provide the Legal Help That South Florida Tenants Sometimes Need
Attorney Marc Brown has advised and represented residential tenants in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties for over a decade, and he is ready to work for you. He will put his extensive background in real estate law and his considerable dispute resolution experience to work on your behalf.
Your first legal consultation with Fort Lauderdale tenant attorney Marc Brown is provided without cost or obligation. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more about your legal rights and options as a tenant by calling our law offices at 954-566-5678 to schedule your consultation.