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
Let me start this week’s blog by way of a hypo: A landlord meets a prospective couple interested in renting their single-family home. They seem very nice, well spoken, drive decent cars, have no qualms about first, last, and security, and can seemingly afford the monthly rent. However, regrettably, the landlord agrees to keep the utilities in his/her name because it would have required the tenant to pay a large utility deposit that they could not afford. After a few months into the lease, the nice couple now has 8 people living in the 2/2 home. The property is now being neglected and the rent and utility payments are habitually late if paid at all. The tenants are avoiding the landlord’s calls like the plague and if they do answer, are insolent. They won’t allow access to inspect the home, and start complaining about any and every little thing they can think of. Read the rest of this entry
Last week, we discussed the “implied warranty of habitability” as well as the requirements of §83.51, Florida Statute which requires landlord’s to maintain minimum standards of habitability for single family dwellings and duplexes. This week, we will talk about what the tenant’s duties and remedies are if those standards are not met by the Landlord. Read the rest of this entry
Maybe. You didn’t think the answer would be that simple, did you?
Under Florida Statutes 720.3085 & 718.116, HOA’s and condo associations now have the right to demand rent payments directly from tenants when the property owner has fallen behind in their assessments. Many tenants are forced into a very uncomfortable and awkward position. Do they pay the HOA as demanded, or do they continue to pay the landlord? Read the rest of this entry
This week we will conclude our discussion on the necessity of having a thorough rental agreement in place when renting residential real estate. Whether you are a homeowner considering renting your home for the first time or an experienced landlord, it is imperative that you protect yourself, your family, and your investment. Read the rest of this entry