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On what grounds can a landlord evict a tenant?

If you rent property in Florida, you would be wise to be fully aware of your rights as a tenant and how you can protect your interests. This is beneficial in case something unexpected arises, such as an unexpected eviction effort from your landlord. Knowing your rights is the first step in protecting your interests.

In some cases, Florida landlords have the right to evict a tenant from his or her premises. There are certain circumstances that would merit this action, but there are also cases in which an eviction is unlawful and inappropriate. If you believe that you are experiencing a violation of your rights as a tenant, you may find it beneficial to reach out for help.

Did you receive an eviction notice?

There are some reasonable grounds for eviction, such as if you have not paid rent for an extended about of time. If your landlord wants you to evict the residence and vacate the property, he or she must give you notice. Some of the most common types of eviction notices include the following:

  • Pay rent or quit -- for failure to pay rent in a timely manner
  • Unconditional quit -- only used in specific situations
  • Cure or quit -- for violating the terms of a lease agreement

An unconditional quit notice gives a tenant no ability to respond and no time to correct any issues. In order for a landlord to give this type of eviction notice, there must be particular issues at hand, such as the tenant participating in illegal activity on the property, serious damage done to the property, refusal to pay rent and more.

Unlawful eviction efforts

Even though a landlord may own the property, that does not mean that he or she can come and simply kick you out whenever he or she pleases. When given notice of eviction without cause, you still have certain protections available to you. For example, you must receive an appropriate amount of time to find a new place to live and adjust, typically a period of 30 to 60 days. 

It's overwhelming to learn that you may no longer have a place to live, but there are options available to you. It may be appropriate for you to reach out for help in order to understand the specific legal options available. You do have rights as a tenant, and you do not have to stand for inappropriate or unlawful treatment from your landlord.

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