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Rights and Duties of Tenants, Sharon Middleton

 

What are the basics of rental agreements?

What are the basics of rental agreements?

If a rental agreement isn't in writing, are there still rights and duties?

If a rental agreement isn’t in writing, are there still rights and duties?

Which laws govern tenants' rights?

Which laws govern tenants’ rights?

What rights do tenants have?

What rights do tenants have?

What responsibilities do tenants have?

What responsibilities do tenants have?

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RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF TENANTS OVERVIEW

What are the basics of rental agreements?

If you rent a house, apartment, condominium or mobile home, you enter into a legal contract known as a rental agreement. This agreement does not have to be in writing. If it is in writing, it is a called a lease and it includes certain basic conditions specified by law.

If a rental agreement isn’t in writing, are there still rights and duties?

Under Florida law, landlords and tenants both have rights and duties even in the absence of a written lease.

Which laws govern tenants’ rights?

A tenant has certain rights and responsibilities under Florida laws. A tenant in federally subsidized rental housing has rights under federal law, as well. The Florida Residential Landlord Tenant Act prevails over what written leases must say.

What rights do tenants have?

A tenant is entitled to the right of private, peaceful possession of the dwelling. The landlord may only enter the dwelling in order to inspect the premises or to make necessary or agreed repairs, but then only with reasonable notice and at a convenient time. However, if an emergency exists, the requirement for notice may be shortened or waived.

What responsibilities do tenants have?

A tenant has legal responsibilities, which if not observed can lead to eviction. The tenant must pay the agreed upon rent and do so on time. The tenant must comply with building, housing and health codes. The tenant must maintain the dwelling without damage, other than ordinary wear and tear, keep the dwelling clean, and maintain the plumbing. The tenant must not violate the law or disturb the peace, nor allow guests to do so.