Evictions in Florida
Flaxman Law Group is dedicated to advocating for tenants' rights in Florida. As part of our decades of work with renters in the state, we have seen the effects that evictions can have on individuals and families. It's a stressful and overwhelming process. Whether you live in Miami, Hollywood, Homestead, Coral Gables, or any community in Florida, losing your home can mean the distress and costs of needing to find a new space. It can break up families and cause employment instability, too.
Fortunately, there are laws in Florida designed to protect renters. The trouble is that many tenants don't know their rights and options when it comes to evictions in Florida. It's why we at Flaxman Law Group offer a free consultation to anyone facing eviction. It gives you a chance to speak to an eviction attorney in Florida to get information and the facts without needing to pay upfront. It's also why we've put together this guide, covering what you may need to know about evictions in Florida.The Basics About Eviction in Florida
Here are some facts about evictions in Florida that might be useful in your case:
- Your landlord can't just kick you out. With a few exceptions, landlords need a specific cause to evict you. Legal reasons to evict a renter include non-payment of rent, violation of lease terms, illegal activity, or expiration of the lease.
- Your landlord needs to follow the rules. Your landlord can't just kick you out. They need to give you a written notice that complies with current state rules. The landlord then may need to file an eviction lawsuit and give you a chance to respond and to appear at a court hearing.
- Your landlord can't physically remove you from the property. Your landlord needs to go through the legal process and get an eviction judgment before evicting you. You must have options to respond. Even if the landlord gets an eviction judgment, they can't kick you out themselves. They need to contact a sheriff or authorized law enforcement officer to remove any renter from the property.
- Moving out on your own can hurt your situation. Landlord/tenant disputes are stressful, and some renters just want to get away from the situation. In some situations, tenants may not realize they have a right to stay, and they move out on their own. If you do this, your case may be negatively impacted. Before you make any decisions about your housing situation, contact an eviction attorney in Florida if you're facing eviction. You can always arrange a free, no obligation consultation with Flaxman Law Group, for example. An eviction attorney can explain your rights and can tell you what you can do next.
- Discrimination and retaliation aren't allowed. Your landlord needs to act in good faith. If you file a compliant against the landlord or are facing eviction, your landlord can't cut off utilities, change the locks, or otherwise retaliate against you. He or she also can't discriminate against you because of your race, gender, or any protected characteristic.
No two evictions in Florida are the same. However, whether you are renting in Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, or anywhere else in South Florida, you may have rights that allow you to respond to an eviction:
- The right to get legal, written notice about the eviction and why you're being evicted
- The right to respond to the eviction and seek a remedy that lets you stay
- The right to defend your case in court
- The right to safe and habitable housing, even while you're facing eviction
- The right retrieve your belongings within a limited timeframe after being evicted
As soon as you realize you may be facing eviction, contact Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation with a Florida eviction attorney. Our compassionate legal support is here for you. We can explore possible legal defenses, represent you in court, and protect your rights.
With more than 60 years of combined experience and offices in Homestead, Hollywood, and Miami, Flaxman Law Group is an advocate for renters. Contact us at 970-999-0530 today to set up your free, no obligation consultation.