How to remove a tenant the legal way

On Behalf of | May 28, 2021 | residential leasing | 0 comments

When you rent your home, you hope that it is the perfect arraignment for you both. Unfortunately, sometimes things do not work out how you would like. Florida laws have some remedies for when you and your tenant have irreconcilable differences.

You can work within the law to remove a tenant for a variety of reasons. Each reason has a different time limit and different remedies.

Lease termination

Sometimes you and your tenant just do not get along, or you might want to change the nature of your property. You might want to complete extensive repairs or renovations that you cannot accomplish with a tenant. In this case, as long as your lease is up, you can terminate the lease with proper notice.

Ordinarily, this is as simple as posting a Notice of Lease Termination or Nonrenewal. Most of the time, this form goes unchallenged and does not result in an eviction proceeding.

Three-day notice for nonpayment

Although no one wants it to happen, sometimes tenants stop paying. In this case, you will need to file a three-day notice. This gives your tenants three days to either pay the money that they owe or vacate the premises. You can file this with the stipulation that you want the payment or forgo payment for a quicker eviction process.

Seven-day notice to remedy

When your tenant is not complying with the lease, you should file a seven-day notice. This notice basically says that they have seven days to correct what they are doing wrong. This can include anything in violation of the lease terms, like having a pet or damaging the house.

Using the correct reason to end the lease with the proper length of notice is the way you avoid problems in court later on.