The Florida Bar

Landlord-Tenant Law

December 12, 2022

Landlord-tenant law is the area of law that covers the rental and lease of residential and commercial property. Residential property is where individuals or families reside, commercial property is where businesses set-up their physical location.

For most residential properties, landlords are required to follow rules that apply to your type of housing, and will also have to follow city, state, and federal laws about providing tenants with basic housing. This is sometimes referred to as the implied warranty of habitability, and it covers basic things such as roof repairs.

In addition, landlords are subject to the rights and responsibilities created by the lease. This document will typically cover topics such as how much rent you pay, when rent is due, and what happens if the tenant is late paying rent.

Both landlords and tenants can deal with a variety of legal issues when dealing with a commercial or residential lease agreement.

Landlord-tenant attorneys can typically work on the following matters:

  • Rental and Lease Agreements
  • Rent and Security Deposit Issues
  • Tenant Dispute
  • Tenant Eviction

Also see: Consumer Pamphlet: Rights and Duties of Tenants and Landlords

Changes may occur in this area of law. The information provided is brought to you as a public service, and is intended to help you better understand the law in general. It is not intended to be legal advice regarding your particular problem or substitute for the advice of a lawyer.