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We strive to provide the most effective and efficient residential and commercial tenant eviction legal services available.
One of our practice areas is landlord-tenant evictions. The Eviction Department is supervised by attorney Kevin H. Fabrikant. We perform tenant evictions for large apartment complexes, real estate managers, and for individual landlords. Tenants who do not pay rent cause huge financial strains upon landlords. Furthermore, tenants who breach lease agreements for any other reason can cause substantial problems for landlords as well as other tenants on the property. Thus, our goal is to promptly remove those tenants not complying with their leases. We accomplish our goal by being extremely time conscious and meticulously following legal eviction procedures, while at the same time offering an affordable fee to our clients. Experience with tenant eviction procedures, dedication to our clients and conscientious efficiency is how we are able to meet our goal of completing each eviction case within 30 days.
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We try to charge flat fees for the eviction services we perform for our client throughout the entire eviction case. We start with the initial flat fee for the eviction of $550. We are able to charge such a low fee because we have processed thousands of eviction and learned how to streamline the process to perform the eviction efficiently and timely. Additional fees may apply, ask us for details.
We help you keep updated through the use of our Weekly Summary Reports. Once a week, typically on Fridays, we issue a case status report that details the eviction case’s progress and what is pending and the next steps we plan on taking. We also send regular notifications to our clients as the case progresses that detail what has occurred and whether the landlord or property manager needs to take some action to assist us in the eviction case.
We process tenant evictions throughout Florida. We have multiple office locations with our main office in Broward County, conveniently situated in Hollywood. Most of our clients hire us through email or the telephone. Clients are also welcome to come into the office or make an appointment at one of the other locations. Sometimes we do meeting via online video systems for convenience. Our familiarity with the courts throughout Florida enables us to efficiently and effectively process eviction cases in all Counties and therefore provide a reliable service for our clients.
Our goal is to complete each eviction case within 30 days. We know that losing time can mean losing a lot of money and maybe even placing the property at risk. We adhere to strict timelines for internal office procedures to work to achieve our goal. It is not an easy task because different County courthouses have different procedures to process cases. And the judges are each able to have procedures they want followed, which are not all the same. But we maintain our commitment to conclude each case as quickly as possible.
KEEPING TENANT SECURITY DEPOSITS
A security deposit is held by a landlord as security for the tenant’s complete performance under the lease. After the tenant vacates, the landlord should do a walk-through of the property with the then-former tenant present. Any damages to the property should be noted on a move-out form. Taking pictures of damages can also prove useful later. Then, the landlord can perform an accounting of damages caused to the property beyond reasonable wear and tear, unless the lease has other provisions regarding damages. And an accounting of any sums that should have been paid by the tenant but which remain outstanding should be performed.
The landlord then has limited time to properly serve documents upon the former tenant in order to keep the security deposit and apply it against money the former tenant owes for damages and rent or other money owed to the landlord. Proper procedures must be followed, or the landlord may forfeit the right to keep the security deposit.
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USING TENANTS' PROPERTY AS SECURITY FOR RENT DUE
Commercial tenants place their personal property onto the leased premises. This includes things like inventory, equipment, and supplies. The landlord is, by law, granted a lien on the tenants’ personal property. The landlord can enforce this lien right by stopping tenants from removing their personal property from the rental premises. A Distress Writ is a legal mechanism to prevent tenants from taking their property out in a midnight rush to abandon the premises and try not to pay rent owed.
Our firm can seek issuance of Distress Writs for commercial landlords.
LANDLORDS HAVE AUTOMATIC LIENS ON TENANT PROPERTY
Florida law grants landlords in commercial properties the right to assert a statutory lien on all of the personal property the tenant brings onto the premises. The lease may also allow for a consent or contractual lien on tenant property. The landlord can take steps to enforce the lien, by retaining the property of the tenant and by foreclosure of the lien.
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LAWSUITS AGAINST LEASE GUARANTORS
A guarantor to a lease is a person or company that promises to pay money that the tenant fails to pay. Enforcement of lease guarantees involves compelling the guarantor to be notified of the tenants’ default, and a demand for payment. Otherwise, a lawsuit against the guarantor may be required. The defenses a guarantor can raise against the landlord’s lawsuit to enforce the guarantee are usually quite limited, making enforcement of the guarantee more likely to succeed. A transfer of the leased property could have an effect on the guarantee.
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OTHER LANDLORD MATTERS
We help residential and commercial property landlords with evictions and many more landlord matters. Find the information below and much more at our help center.
Renting stores or office spaces that are in areas where zoning laws are strictly enforced are challenging to get. Usually, these leasing agreements have many requirements such as excellent credit scores and many other stipulations having commercial landlords and commercial tenants agreeing to each other terms and conditions to finally lease the unit.
Thorough Tenant Screening:
One of the most effective ways to prevent evictions is by conducting thorough tenant screening before signing a lease agreement. Screen prospective tenants carefully by verifying employment, income, rental history, and conducting background and credit checks. Look for red flags such as a history of late payments, eviction records, or criminal offenses. By selecting responsible and reliable tenants from the outset, you can reduce the likelihood of future eviction proceedings.
Clear and Comprehensive Lease Agreements:
A well-drafted lease agreement is essential for outlining the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. Ensure that your lease agreement clearly defines expectations regarding rent payment, maintenance responsibilities, property rules, and procedures for addressing disputes or breaches of the lease. Include clauses that address common issues such as late payments, property damage, and unauthorized subletting. By setting clear expectations from the beginning, you can minimize misunderstandings and conflicts that could lead to eviction.
Open and effective communication is key to maintaining a positive relationship with your tenants and addressing issues before they escalate. Establish regular communication channels with your tenants and encourage them to reach out to you promptly if they encounter any problems or concerns. Be responsive to their inquiries and requests, and address maintenance issues in a timely manner. By fostering a respectful and communicative environment, you can build trust with your tenants and prevent misunderstandings that could lead to eviction proceedings.
Proactive Maintenance and Repairs:
A well-maintained property not only attracts quality tenants but also reduces the likelihood of disputes and evictions. Conduct regular inspections of your property to identify any maintenance issues or safety hazards. Address any repairs promptly to ensure that your property remains in good condition and meets health and safety standards. Proactive maintenance not only preserves the value of your investment but also demonstrates your commitment to providing a safe and habitable living environment for your tenants.
Flexibility and Compassion:
In some cases, tenants may experience financial difficulties or unforeseen circumstances that make it challenging for them to meet their rent obligations. As a landlord, it's important to approach these situations with empathy and flexibility. Consider offering payment plans or temporary rent reductions to help struggling tenants get back on track. Additionally, explore alternative solutions such as mediation or rental assistance programs to resolve disputes amicably and avoid eviction as a last resort.
Eviction Law Firm
Preventing evictions requires proactive measures and a proactive approach from landlords. By implementing thorough tenant screening, clear lease agreements, effective communication, proactive maintenance, and a compassionate approach to problem-solving, landlords can protect their investment and maintain positive relationships with their tenants. Ultimately, fostering a collaborative and respectful environment benefits both parties and contributes to a successful and sustainable rental business. Call the Eviction Law Firm at 877-573-8428
Understanding Eviction Laws:
Eviction laws can vary significantly depending on jurisdiction, making it essential for landlords to familiarize themselves with the specific regulations governing their rental properties. Generally, eviction laws outline the legal procedures that landlords must follow when seeking to remove a tenant from a property. These procedures typically include providing proper notice to the tenant, filing eviction paperwork with the appropriate court, and attending eviction hearings if necessary.
Key aspects of eviction laws that landlords should be aware of include:
Grounds for Eviction: Most jurisdictions allow landlords to evict tenants for reasons such as non-payment of rent, lease violations, property damage, or illegal activities. However, landlords must have valid legal grounds for eviction and cannot terminate a tenancy arbitrarily or discriminate against tenants based on protected characteristics.
Notice Requirements: Before initiating eviction proceedings, landlords are usually required to provide tenants with a written notice informing them of the reason for the eviction and the steps they can take to remedy the situation. The notice period and format may vary depending on local laws and the specific circumstances of the eviction.
Legal Process: Once the notice period has elapsed and the tenant has not resolved the issues leading to the eviction, landlords can file an eviction lawsuit, also known as an unlawful detainer action, with the court. The tenant will have an opportunity to respond to the lawsuit, and if the court rules in favor of the landlord, a writ of possession may be issued, allowing the landlord to regain possession of the property.
Best Practices for Landlords:
While eviction may sometimes be necessary as a last resort, landlords can take proactive steps to prevent disputes and maintain positive relationships with their tenants. Some best practices include:
Clear Communication: Open and transparent communication between landlords and tenants can help prevent misunderstandings and resolve issues before they escalate. Establishing clear channels of communication and addressing concerns promptly can foster trust and cooperation.
Thorough Tenant Screening: Conducting comprehensive background checks and screening potential tenants can help landlords identify reliable renters with a history of timely rent payments and responsible behavior. Thorough screening can reduce the likelihood of future eviction-related issues.
Written Lease Agreements: A well-drafted lease agreement is essential for outlining the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants. The lease should clearly define rent payment terms, maintenance responsibilities, pet policies, and other relevant provisions to avoid ambiguity and potential disputes.
Timely Maintenance and Repairs: Landlords have a legal obligation to maintain their rental properties in a habitable condition. Promptly addressing maintenance requests and ensuring that the property meets health and safety standards can help prevent tenant grievances and potential legal issues.
Seek Legal Guidance: When faced with complex landlord-tenant disputes or eviction proceedings, landlords should seek legal guidance from experienced real estate attorneys who can provide tailored advice and representation. Legal professionals can help landlords navigate the intricacies of eviction laws and ensure that their rights are protected throughout the process.
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Navigating landlord-tenant disputes and eviction proceedings requires a comprehensive understanding of relevant laws and adherence to best practices. By familiarizing themselves with eviction laws, maintaining open communication with tenants, and taking proactive measures to prevent disputes, landlords can effectively manage rental properties while safeguarding their rights and interests. Additionally, seeking legal guidance when necessary can help landlords navigate challenging situations and achieve favorable outcomes in eviction proceedings.
If you need any assistance, call the Eviction Law Firm at 877-573-8428