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Is Your Three-Day Notice Defective?

Many property owners fall into the mistaken belief that an eviction is a simple matter that can be handled informally by them or their agent. This belief is misplaced.

To evict a Tenant for non-payment of rent, the landlord must follow the strict three-day notice requirements under Florida law, amongst other things. Read the rest of this entry

90-Day “Notice to Vacate” – PTFA

90-Day “Notice to Vacate” – PTFA

As we have previously discussed, the federal government enacted the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009 (PTFA), to afford tenants some safeguards from being abruptly evicted once their home was sold after foreclosure.

I recently handled a pro bono case which inspired me to discuss the 90-day notice requirement under the PTFA. Read the rest of this entry

West Palm Beach Woman Rents Out Someone Else’s Foreclosed Home

Last week we spoke about the mansion that was being occupied by a Boca Raton man. Recall that he was claiming rightful ownership of the home through Florida’s adverse possession laws. Last week, there was a report of a woman in Palm Beach County staking her rights under the same adverse possession laws.  Here is the kicker, not only did she possess the home, she rented it out to unsuspecting tenants on Craigslist and pocketed more than $13,000 in the process! Unfortunately, for her, just like the man in Boca Raton, her plan was foiled short of the seven (7) year statutory requirement.  Read the article below for more information. Read the rest of this entry

BOCA RATON “SQUATTER”: ADVERSE POSSESSION

Every first year law student has learned about adverse possession while in law school. Most of them, maybe only momentarily, had thoughts of grandeur. Thoughts of “owning” a beautiful piece of property for doing nothing more than trespassing, paying some taxes, and making themselves at home.     Read the rest of this entry

Death by Detail!

Death by Detail

We all have met with the insurance salesman and died a slow death as our eyes glazed over and our head wanted to hit the table. Or wished for the worst torture we could imagine just to get out of the meeting.

Well prepare yourself for the latest and greatest torture technique to be developed since the dark ages, this one is worthy of the al Qaeda operatives and the like, better than water boarding.  It’s what I call Death by Detail now offered by your local Loan Officer.  This one sneaks up on you, seeming innocent in the beginning but slowly begins to pull you in little by little.  Beware, it’s like the wood chipper ready to grab your sleeve and drag you in to its jaws. Read the rest of this entry