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With a proper lease and excellent communication, the relationship between a landlord and tenant can be financially beneficial and stress-free. But when that relationship deteriorates and disputes arise sometimes it’s necessary to seek out the services of an experienced attorney.


Prior to Contacting an Attorney
Before it comes to that, take a careful look at any documents that govern the lease. These documents will contain rights, as well as responsibilities that each side needs to meet.

2. Make sure to conduct as much correspondence as possible in writing. That way your efforts and the other party’s responses can be reviewed at a later date if legal counsel is necessitated.

3. Remember that lawyers and court time should be reserved as the option of last-resort if communication has broken down to a point that a mutual agreement can’t be reached.

Working with an Attorney
1. Talk to us about whether your case should be billed hourly or if a flat fee agreement makes sense.

2. Gather all lease documents, copies of written correspondence, certified mail receipts and any relevant photos.

3. Ask us how long it might take to resolve this dispute and what are the potential outcomes, both positive and negative.


Landlords do have rights. But navigating whether the lease or Florida Landlord Tenant Act is governing a particular case can be tricky. The Law Office of Finley Stetson has the expertise to assist should an eviction be necessary.

Residential Evictions

  • A landlord can evict a tenant if the person is not materially complying with the lease. This can be failing to pay rent or breaking a term of the lease.
  • The reason for the eviction is important in determining whether a tenant can be vacated in three business days or whether a “7-Day Letter” rule applies.
  • The tenant must get a summons and complaint for eviction called a “service of process.”
  • The tenant can respond, a hearing is scheduled, and an eviction can be ordered.
  • It’s very important a landlord follow the exact steps, as Florida has strict laws governing residential evictions.
  • Commercial Evictions
  • In Florida commercial evictions are quite different than residential evictions, so a landlord must be careful in following the correct rules.
  • The laws governing commercial evictions in Florida are far less strict than those pertaining to residential evictions.
  • Landlords can take possession of the property and recover damages.
  • In some instances, landlords have an obligation to try to get a new tenant into the property as soon as possible.
  • Tenancy law has intricacies that demand a knowledgeable and experienced real estate attorney. To mitigate financial losses and stress, reach out to our office if a lease dispute is edging close to an eviction.

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