Jacksonville Landlord-Tenant Attorney
Helping Clients with Landlord-Tenant Issues in Jacksonville
If you are a landlord or a tenant in Jacksonville with a legal matter which needs resolving, it is important to understand your rights and obligations under Florida law. If you are involved in a landlord-tenant issue, we recommend that you contact a Jacksonville attorney at our firm as soon as possible for a confidential consultation about your situation. We are well-versed in the laws, legal procedures, and court systems handling such matters in the Jacksonville area. After understanding the basic issues involved in your legal matter, we can provide the comprehensive legal representation you may need to move forward in resolving your case.
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Our firm handles all types of landlord-tenant issues including but not limited to the following:
- Eviction: In Florida, landlords must follow the procedures governed by Chapter 83 of the Florida State Landlord-Tenant Statutes.
- Failure to Return Security Deposit: Under Florida law, a landlord must return a tenant's security deposit within 15 to 60 days after the tenant has surrendered the rental property. Tenants must be provided with advance notice of any deductions from the deposit.
- Failure to Repair Premises: After you have notified the landlord about repairs that need to be made given him/her 20 days to respond to your written notice, you may withhold rent if he/she does not respond.
- Mold Issues: After filing a complaint with the Department of Health, you can write a letter explaining the situation to your landlord. You can also bring a professional mold inspector in. You should keep copies of all of your correspondence with the landlord. After these steps have been taken, you can give your landlord written notice that you will withhold rent if he/she does not fix the situation within 7 days.
- Unsafe Premises: Under Florida law, a landlord must at all times "comply with the requirements of applicable building, housing, and health codes."
- Harassment: It is illegal for your landlord to verbally or physically threaten or harass you (this includes utility shut-offs, lockouts, unauthorized entry, etc.).
Tenants have certain basic rights which are protected by Florida law. They also have responsibilities to landlords as tenants which include maintaining the premises in an orderly fashion and paying their rent in a timely manner. Tenants have the right to a private and peaceful occupation of the premises they lease or rent. Premises are expected to have functioning plumbing, hot water and heating, locking doors and windows, roofs that do not leak, and be free from rodents and pests. Local health, safety, and building codes must be adhered to by landlords as well as tenants.
In eviction cases, the landlord can only evict a tenant through the courts. In eviction court proceedings, both tenant and landlord may present their cases and be represented by attorneys.
To further understand your rights and responsibilities as a landlord or tenant, it is vital that you speak with a Jacksonville landlord-tenant lawyer at The Williston Firm, P.L. who can guide you through the specific issue you are facing, providing the counsel and representation you may need.
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