Southern Florida has a strong rental market, with condos, single-family homes, townhouses, and apartments are available for rent. Mostly, tenants and landlords in Hollywood, Miami, and other communities work hard to have good working relationships. They may sign lease agreements to make sure everyone understands their obligations, for example.
Despite this, disputes between landlords and tenants can and do occur.
Why Do Landlord Tenant Disputes?
Most commonly, disputes arise when one of these situations occurs:
- Property damage occurs and there is a dispute about who is responsible and who needs to pay for repairs.
- The tenant is not paying rent.
- The premises have mold, serious damage, pests, or other issues which make it uninhabitable and action is not being taken about these issues in a timely way.
- An injury happens at the rental property and there is a disagreement about who will pay damages.
- There are numerous complaints about the tenant from neighbors.
- There is an accusation that the rental property is being used for illegal activity.
- The landlord enters the rental property without proper notice.
- The terms of the lease are violated.
- The tenant is served with what they believe is an illegal or unlawful an eviction notice.
- A tenant feels they have been discriminated against by the landlord because of their race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or other protected category.
Resolving Landlord Tenant Disputes in Southern Florida
The Florida laws governing leases are complex and sometimes even lease agreements are written in such a way that it’s difficult for tenants and landlords to understand who is correct in a dispute. In addition, landlords and tenants may have different understandings of tenant laws in Florida.
For all these reasons, and since someone’s home and income may be at stake, it can be useful to speak to a landlord tenant disputes claims attorney in your community. An attorney can help with arbitration and negotiation and can look out for your best interests. He or she can also take the case to court if someone is acting in bad faith.
It can also be a good idea to speak with an experienced attorney if, like many people in Florida, you are renting from a real estate company. These large companies often have teams of attorneys on their side and even contacting someone at the company to try to resolve a dispute can be challenging. An attorney can help with these issues.
Contact Flaxman Law Group Today
If you’re a tenant in a dispute with a landlord, you may face losses if you suddenly need to move, need to find a new place to live because your home is uninhabitable, or need to pay for repairs your landlord is responsible for. If you’re a landlord, you may be facing losses if your tenant’s activities scare away other paying tenants or if your tenant causes serious damage to your property or stops paying rent. There may be additional losses in either case, too.
In either situation, if you want to consult with an attorney to find out what your options are, contact Flaxman Law Group. Our team has more than sixty years of combined experience and our attorney Charles Flaxman, worked for ten years in the insurance industry before becoming an attorney to help plaintiffs. Attorney Steven Flaxman has extensive experience with property damage cases.
Call Flaxman Law Group today at 866-352-9626 and schedule a free, no obligation consultation. You can also contact us online.