What can I do if my landlord is not making repairs or maintaining my rental property?

by John Morey | Jun 22, 2015

Regardless of whether you have a written lease or not, your landlord is required by Florida law to maintain certain aspect of your rental property. However, often times a landlord will try to skirt the law or save themselves money by not holding up their end of the bargain. If you have a landlord who is refusing to make repairs, is making shoddy repairs, or is just generally failing to maintain the property they way that they are supposed to, we can help!

 In the event that your landlord is not repairing the property or maintaining certain aspects, you must provide them with a seven-day notice to make repairs. Although we often receive phone calls from tenants telling us that they have been texting, calling, emails, and otherwise notifying their landlord of necessary repairs for weeks or even months, these methods simply may not suffice. Florida law requires that a tenant provide their landlord with written notice, in the form and manner required by law, or your lease agreement.

 It is only once the tenant has properly notified their landlord of the necessary repairs that the tenant can take action on their part. Depending on the severity of the issues, a tenant may have the option to withhold a portion of rent, withhold all rent, or even terminate their lease agreement if the repairs are not done by the deadline provided in the notice. It is extremely important that you provide your landlord with a properly drafted notice before withholding rent or terminating your lease. All too often tenants provide their landlord’s with legally insufficient notice, begin withholding rent upon that defective notice, and find themselves being evicted by the landlord for non-payment.

 A properly drafted seven-day notice from one of our landlord tenant attorneys can save you time and money in the long run. There is nothing worse than receiving a call from a tenant who thought they provided their landlord with a proper notice to make repairs, only to find themselves now being evicted because their notice was found to be defective. You have to be very careful when drafting the seven day notice in order to ensure that it is legally sufficient and served on time. At the Morey Law Firm, we can help with drafting most types of notices to your landlord. Contact our office today by submitting a free case review through our website or by contacting our office at (407) 426-7222.