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    EVICTION
     

     

    The eviction process can be very technical. If you do not prepare and serve all your notices properly, and if proper procedures are not followed, your case can either be thrown out of court or significantly prolonged.

     

    If you don’t have an attorney you risk losing out on rent and damages that may be due to you. In addition, you may end up having your case dismissed and having a tenant living in your property for free.


    DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU!

    With one call to our office, we can detail a customized legal plan for eviction proceedings that puts less stress on you and allows you to get a fresh start with a new tenant in your property.

     

    Start your tenant eviction online today. Fast turnaround!


    FAST, TENANT EVICTION PROCESS

    STEP 1
    COMPLETE THE NEW CASE EVICTION REGISTRATION FORM
     

     

    STEP 2
    ATTORNEY CONSULTATION
    After successfully submitting the Eviction Registration Form, an Attorney will contact you to discuss your case.
    You may also call the office at 561-899-8184 to schedule your appointment.
    During your consultation, the Attorney will discuss registration form, analyze your tenant troubles and provide immediate feedback.

     
    STEP 3
    SUBMIT YOUR PAPERWORK

    NO OFFICE VISIT NECESSARY
    You can fax, scan/email or bring your documents into the office for processing.
    You will also hire the firm, sign a retainer and pay your legal fees.
     
    STEP 4
    WE FILE YOUR CASE
    Using your information and documents, we will prepare and file your case with the court.
    We will keep you informed throughout the entire process.
    Most uncontested evictions take 4-6 weeks to complete.
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    GENERAL INFORMATION
    THE UNCONTESTED EVICTION PROCESS

    The eviction process can be very technical. If you do not prepare and serve all your notices properly, and if proper procedures are not followed, your case can either be thrown out of court or significantly prolonged.

    Don’t let this happen to you!

    With one call to our office, we can detail a customized legal plan for eviction proceedings that puts less stress on you and allows you to get a fresh start with a new tenant in your property.

    Start your tenant eviction online today. Fast turnaround!

     

    1. Post and/or hand delivery of a three day notice, seven day notice or notice of lease termination
    2. Wait 3 or 7 days, not including weekends and holidays
    3. File Eviction Lawsuit with the County Court
    4. Serve tenant with summons
    5. Wait 5 days
    6. If tenant does not answer, file Request for Default
    7. Clerk’s default
    8. File Final Judgment of Eviction with Judge
    9. If tenant is still on the property, get Writ of Possession approx. $90.00
    10. Writ of Possession issued
    11. Schedule removal of tenant with Sheriff

     

    THE CONTESTED EVICTION PROCESS

     

    After the tenant is served with the evictions summons and complaint, the tenant has 5 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and Legal Holidays) to file an answer to a landlord’s complaint. If the tenant files an answer to your complaint, the eviction becomes contested. Important Notice: A Contested Eviction will incur additional Attorney Fees ($200.00 per hour) and other costs.

     

    An answer can be any type of response, even a handwritten note from the tenant to the Judge. If an answer has been submitted it is strongly advised that you retain an attorney.


    After filing an answer, the case can take many unpredictable turns, depending on what the tenant said in the answer. This can lead to litigation, hearings, mediation, and even trial. Our attorneys can help you navigate through this process and avoid the countless legal pitfalls that you may encounter. This is especially true if the tenant has paid representation or legal aid.

     

    *OPTIONAL SERVICES

     

    NOTICE POSTINGUpon retaining us for your eviction, we can provide you with a three-day seven-day notice, or fifteen-day notice and a helpful checklist at no extra cost. If you would like the firm to serve the notice on your tenant or post the notice at the property, the minimum non-refundable service charge is $75.00 – $100.00, depending on the address.

     

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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    EVICTION FAQ’S

    1. What is an eviction for possession only?

    An eviction for possession only is the legal means by which a property owner takes back possession of rented property from a tenant, without asking the Court for anything further.


    2. What is an eviction for possession and damages?

    Aside from obtaining possession, the property owner obtains a Judgment from the Court

    that in effect recognizes and orders the tenant to pay money damages or the losses suffered by the property owner.


    3. What damages may a property owner seek from a tenant?

    Generally, a property owner is entitled to recover the amount of rent lost and attorneys’ fees and costs associated with the eviction lawsuit.


    4. Why would a property owner choose not to sue for possession and damages?

    A property owner may seek possession and damages in eviction proceedings. However, there are 2 legal, and in our opinion practical hurdles, to obtaining damages.


    4-1. The first has to do with “Service of Process”, the means by which the tenant is given notice that legal proceedings have begun. In order to obtain a damages judgment the “Service of Process” must be personally served on the tenant. In other words, the tenant must be personally handed the eviction complaint requesting the damages by a process server. The tenant is not required to open his door or otherwise cooperate with the process server in his attempt to deliver the eviction complaint to the tenant. A tenant who evades being served with the eviction complaint will delay the eviction proceedings and add costs to the proceedings.


    4-2. The second has to do with collecting the damages. It is unlikely that the tenant will simply pay the judgment amount. Especially since most evictions are started due to non-payment. As such, the property owner must locate and petition the Court to garnish an asset of the tenant to satisfy the money damages. This will cause the property owner to incur additional fees and costs that may not produce any result.


    5. Why is seeking possession through eviction proceedings easier than damages?

    By enacting Landlord – Tenant laws The Florida Legislature has established the rights of landlords and tenants and the procedures for enforcing those rights. Current law allows a property owner to obtain possession through “Summary Procedure”. This dramatically shortens the time periods required for Answers and Motions and requires that the Court advance eviction cases on the docket. Also, because an eviction for possession is considered by the Court as a lawsuit involving rights over a piece of property, personal service is not required, as it is for damages. The eviction complaint can be “posted” on the premises to grant the Court jurisdiction to make determinations over the property. The option of “posting” the complaint on the premises usually makes obtaining “Service of Process” easier and less costly.


    6. Why and when can a property owner evict a tenant?

    A tenant may be evicted for breaching the terms of his rental agreement or failing to leave the rented property once the rental agreement has ended. The tenant can then be evicted as soon as the landlord provides notice to the tenant that his rental agreement has been terminated due to the breach or passage of time and the tenant refuses to leave the property.


    7. What constitutes a breach of the terms of the rental agreement?

    The most common breach for which eviction proceedings are started is non-payment of rent. Other breaches may include but are not limited to violations by the tenant of community association rules for those rental properties located in community associations, illegal activities of the tenant conducted on or affecting the rented property or violating pet restrictions set by the property owner. (Illegal activities can be criminal or civil, such as violating zoning laws by operating a business in a residential area.)


    8. What notice must be given to a tenant for not paying rent (Non-Payment of Rent Breach)?

    It is of the utmost importance for a property owner or his agent to strictly adhere to the requirements established by law as to the notice that must be provided to the tenant. What follows below is a brief introduction of some, but not all, notice requirements and should not replace the advice of an attorney. You should consult with an attorney prior to taking any action regarding tenant notices. It is noteworthy that most landlord – tenant cases are decided based on notice requirements.


    Non-Payment of Rent Breach is the most common breach. It requires a 3-day notice to pay or vacate. The notice basically informs the tenant that they have failed to pay the rent as required and provides the tenant 3 business days to either pay the rent due or move out. This notice also serves as a notice of termination should the tenant refuse or fail to either pay the rent due or move out upon the expiration of the 3 days.


    9. What notice must be given to tenant for breaching the terms of the rental agreement not related to payment of rent?

    It is of the utmost importance for a property owner or his agent to strictly adhere to the requirements established by law as to the notice that must be provided to the tenant. What follows below is a brief introduction of some, but not all, notice requirements and should not replace the advice of an attorney. You should consult with an attorney prior to taking any action regarding tenant notices. It is noteworthy that most landlord – tenant cases are decided based on notice requirements.


    The answer depends on whether the breach is something the tenant can correct or not. A “curable” versus a “non-curable” breach.


    Curable Breach – If the tenant’s breach is curable, such as parking in the wrong space, it requires a 7-day notice to fix the breach or move out. This notice must explain to the tenant what the violation of the rental agreement is, what must be done to correct it and provide the tenant 7 days to correct it or move out.


    Non-Curable Breach – If the tenant’s breach is non-curable, such as intentional destruction of the property or committing the same curable violation within a year, it requires a 7-day notice to vacate. Again this notice must explain to the tenant what the violation of rental agreement is, that it is non-curable, that the rental agreement is ended and that the tenant must move out within 7 days.


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