• Commercial Leases: Will a Force Majeure Clause Get You Out of Paying Rent?

    During this COVID-19 crisis, force majeure clauses in commercial real estate contracts are a hot topic in real estate.  A force majeure clause excuses a party from performing a contractual obligation due to an unforeseen event beyond a party’s  control. While force majeure events  have generally included wars, weather disasters, terrorism, and government action, Florida […]

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  • Florida Landlord’s Guide to Security Deposit Disputes in Small Claims Court

    Defend yourself if a tenant sues you in Florida for the security deposit. Even the most meticulous landlord may be sued by a tenant over the return of a security deposit. Fortunately, you can take some basic steps to minimize the possibility that you’ll spend hours in court haggling over back rent, cleaning costs, and […]

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  • Florida Security Deposit Limits and Deadlines

    A breakdown of Florida landlord-tenant laws on security deposits. Most residential leases and rental agreements in Florida require a security deposit. This is a dollar amount, usually one month’s rent, that’s intended to cover damage to the premises beyond normal wear and tear, and to cushion the financial blow if a tenant skips out early […]

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  • When Can Tenants Withhold Rent?

    Find out what justifies rent withholding in Florida if your rental unit has serious defects. Florida tenants are legally entitled to rental property that meets basic structural, health, and safety standards and is in good repair. If a landlord fails to take care of important maintenance, such as a leaky roof or a broken heater, […]

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  • Florida Tenant’s Right to Break a Rental Lease

    Learn when and how tenants may legally break a lease in Florida and how to limit liability for rent through the end of the lease term. Many tenants who sign a lease for their apartment or rental unit plan to stay for the full amount of time required in the lease, such as one year. […]

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  • Selling a Home in Florida? Key Legal Requirements

    Selling a home in Florida can be different than selling one in any other state, both in terms of laws and traditional procedures. Here are some important facts to know. From contract forms to closings, here is what sellers of a Florida home should expect and plan for. Role of Real Estate Agents in Florida […]

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  • Selling a Florida Home: What Are My Disclosure Obligations?

    Guidance on what residential real estate sellers must tell prospective home buyers when selling a house in Florida. Florida, like many other states, requires sellers of homes and other residential properties to make certain disclosures to buyers about the property’s condition and history. This is a shift from the traditional legal principle of “let the […]

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  • Selling a Home in Florida? Key Legal Requirements

    From contract forms to closings, here is what sellers of a Florida home should expect and plan for. Selling a home in Florida can be different than selling one in any other state, both in terms of laws and traditional procedures. Here are some important facts to know. Role of Real Estate Agents in Florida […]

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  • Pros and Cons of Buying Newly Built Homes

    How to reduce costs and risks when buying a new house. There’s something inherently appealing about a brand new house — you get to pick out the countertops, drapes, and appliances, and have everything designed just the way you want it. New houses often come with more space and better appliances, require less immediate fix-up […]

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  • Get Your Security Deposit Back!

    Know your rights when it comes to getting your deposit back in full and on time. Most tenants who are moving out of a rental want their deposit back as soon as possible, either to make a deposit on a new rental or for use in a down payment on a house or condo. Unfortunately, […]

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