Now that the CDC eviction moratorium has expired, renters nationwide are subject to legal eviction. If you have eviction law questions about your rights as a landlord, we can answer them.
As a landlord, you are in the business of providing housing to your tenants. You each sign an agreement outlining the expectations of both parties, including how much rent your tenant will pay. Although there was a period of time during the COVID-19 pandemic when landlords were unable to evict their tenants due to non-payment, that time has passed. If you are a landlord dealing with a tenant who is not paying rent, you need to be aware of your rights under Florida’s eviction law.
What Was The CDC Eviction Moratorium?
In 2020, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention issued a moratorium on evictions to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and to give financial assistance to renters who were unable to work due to the shutdowns. Renters and occupants of other residences, such as long-term-stay hotels, had to sign a declaration that certified that they qualified for this pause on paying rent.
This moratorium remained in effect until June 2021, when the Supreme Court blocked any extensions.
Eviction Law After The Moratorium
Now that the CDC Eviction Moratorium has expired, renters are again subject to eviction by their landlords. It is crucial that you know your rights as a landlord and are familiar with eviction law. Our lawyers at Casais & Prias have experience with Florida’s eviction law and can help you navigate a case if you need to evict a tenant for non-payment. A landlord can evict a tenant for a variety of reasons. The type of eviction and the kind of notice that is issued will depend on the situation.
Three-Day Notice To Pay Rent Or Quit – If a tenant has not paid rent, a landlord can give notice that they have three days to pay, or the lease will be terminated. If, at the end of three days, the tenant has not paid, the landlord can file a lawsuit to evict.
Seven-Day Notice To Cure – If the tenant has violated the lease agreement, the landlord can notify them that they have seven days to come back into compliance. If the violation is not corrected, the landlord can file a lawsuit of eviction.
Seven-Day Unconditional Quit Notice – This type of notice can be used if the tenant intentionally destroys the rental property, or repeatedly violates their lease within a 12-month period. In this case, the landlord may terminate the tenancy at the end of seven days without giving the tenant an opportunity to correct the violation(s).
These are not the only circumstances where a landlord can file an eviction lawsuit against a tenant, which is why you need an eviction law attorney to explain all of your options.
How An Eviction Law Attorney Can Help
If you need to evict a renter who is refusing to pay rent, has caused damage to your property, or is causing repeated disturbances, you should contact an attorney right away. There are certain legal actions that you can take, and having a legal representative assist you will help your case.
Your lease agreement is a legal contract that assigns responsibilities to both the landlord and the tenant. When one party does not follow the rules set out in the agreement, a breach of contract could result in legal action. Each party has rights that need to be protected. As a landlord, you must understand what your rights are. Our team of eviction law attorneys understands your rights and will fight to get you the results you deserve.
Contact us today if you have questions about your rights as a landlord. We can help you with your eviction lawsuit and work with you towards a more favorable outcome than you would likely get on your own.