Florida has specific Statutes and rules for Commercial Evictions. However, the written Lease should also set forth the terms and understandings with the tenant about how the landlord-tenant business relationship be conducted. These terms include the rental rate, when rent is due, what will be provided by the landlord, and what to do in the event of a casualty event, to name just a few.
Types of Commercial Properties
There are many different types of commercial properties. This means the terms between the landlord and the tenant will be different to accommodate the different types of properties. We at The Eviction Law Firm have learned over the many years of performing commercial tenant evictions what procedures must be followed and what laws exist to protect Landlords, Investors and Property Mangers, and to efficiently perform tenant evictions.
Do You Have Tenants That…
- – do not pay rent on time
- – cause problems with code violations
- – breach their lease agreement for any other reason
– we provide tenant EVICTIONS
Evictions involve the civil courts for the removal of tenants. While generally not complex cases, they do involve specific procedures unique to eviction lawsuits. At any time, an eviction case can involve more significant litigation. At the Eviction Law Firm, we try hard to keep eviction cases simple and conclude them quickly.
An eviction is a legal process brought by a landlord or property owner, or by someone on their legal behalf, to remove a tenant from the rental property. The legal process includes the filing of a lawsuit and presenting evidence to the judge to show why the judgment for eviction should be entered and the tenant removed. The judgment for eviction orders the tenant to vacate the property, but if the tenant does not comply, then the Sheriff is hired to remove the tenant. If after the Sheriff removes the tenant and the tenant tries to come back, they will be a trespasser.
At the time the Sheriff performs the removal of the tenant, the landlord or property manager should be prepared with a locksmith to access the property and people to remove the tenant’s personal property such as desks, inventory, furniture, and clothing, from the rental property and put it on the property line. The tenant’s belongings are placed on the property line so the now former tenant can go back and collect their property without being a trespasser. And once the removal is performed, the landlord or property manager is not liable for what happens to the personal items.
SHERIFF – after the judgment for eviction is entered by the Judge, if the tenants still do not vacate, the Sheriff of the County where the property is located is hired to go execute a writ of possession by removing the tenants and occupants.
LOCKSMITH – the Sheriff does not break downthe door, so the landlord or property manager should have a locksmith present when the Sheriff performs the removal of the tenants to make sure there is access to the property.
ABANDONED INVENTORY OR EQUIPMENT – When a tenant is removed by the Sheriff or abandons the property, they may leave personal property items at the premises. Unfortunately, this can place a heavy burden on the landlord or property manager to deal with the property left over. Throwing away in the trash may not be a legal option. The landlord may have to store the property, or sell it at an auction, or even may allow the tenant to retrieve the personal property later. The language in the lease agreement may also determine what should be done.
SELF-HELP EVICTIONS ARE NOT ALLOWED: while tempting, landlords and property managers must use the court process to evict a tenant. The law does not allow the landlord to change the locks or cut off utilities or take other actions that unreasonably interfere with the tenant’s access to the rental property – except through the court processes.