In our experience, one of the most difficult relationships can be that between landlord and tenant. There are times when things go smoothly. Too often, however, landlords or tenants must deal with someone who does not understand or follow the rules that have been defined in a lease. When you run into trouble, whether you are a landlord or a tenant, it is wise to contact a Fort Walton Beach landlord or tenant attorney.
At Anchors Smith Grimsley, we talk with landlords and tenants frequently. Our lawyers handle all types of matters regarding landlord-tenant issues. When things are done correctly from the beginning, there is a greater chance of success. When both parties know and understand their rights and responsibilities, it leads to greater respect and consideration all around.
With our knowledge and experience, we can help you with:
- Drafting of commercial and residential leases
- Collection of past due rents
- Tenants’ rights
- Residential and commercial evictions
- Return of deposits
- Enforcement of landlord liens and other rights
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With decades of legal experience, our landlord/tenant lawyers here at ASG will help you get the outcome you are seeking. We provide our clients with the best in practical solutions. We step in to negotiate first. As a last resort, we will turn to litigation. We work hard to ensure that our clients walk away satisfied by how the situation was handled.
Many times, relationships between landlords and tenants break down over time. On both sides, there are often problems figuring out one’s rights and obligations to the other party. Often, the easiest and fairest way to a resolution is through a FWB landlord or tenant attorney.
Because most legal issues we see between landlord and tenants arise quickly, you want an equally quick solution. At ASG, our attorneys are ready to help you with any issue that arises from a landlord-tenant relationship. All sides must be aware of their rights and the rights of the other side. Our lawyers have experience making this happen and are able to reduce conflict dramatically.
In any landlord/tenant relationship duties and rights are defined in the written lease if the parties have executed a lease. Otherwise rights are defined by Florida Statutes and case law.
What Rights do Landlords Have?
The most basic right of a landlord is that he/she be entitled to collect rent from their tenants. When a tenant fails to pay the agreed-upon rent, the landlord must turn to other measures, including having that tenant evicted.
If you have been wondering if there are such things as an evictions lawyer/attorney, you have come to the right place. There is a process to having a tenant evicted. It does not need to be complicated, but it is not something a landlord should undertake on their own.
Landlords also have specific rights when tenants do damage to the property. When this happens, the landlord should seek monetary restitution. Sometimes the damage is accidental or a result of negligence. Other times, it will be intentional. Either way, the tenant can be billed for all damage he or she has caused. Only reasonable wear and tear is not an issue.
Tenants can be difficult to deal with, especially when people are not clear on their rights. Sometimes it requires some legal language to get a landlord’s attention. Whatever the difficulty, or if you want to avoid difficulties developing, a landlord/tenant attorney from ASG will act on your behalf.
What Rights do Tenants Have?
Some tenants will tell you they do not have any rights when it comes to a landlord and tenant situation. However, tenants do have rights, and their most basic right is to a unit which is not only clean, but livable. If you are a landlord in FWB, you are obligated to provide for your tenant units which meet basic standards for habitation. Otherwise, tenants do have the right to seek out a tenant rights lawyer.
Requirements for what is habitable vary from state to state, but all include water, electricity, some type of heating if the climate demands it, and sufficient protection from all weather-related elements, such as a roof, windows, and proper insulation.
As well as these basic tenant rights, tenants also should feel safe living in their rented units. There is an obligation on the part of the landlord to ensure that common areas of buildings meet Florida building codes.
In addition, there should be no areas where safety hazards arise. When things break down, such as elevators or furnaces, it is up to the landlord to have those things repaired quickly. This is often a big area of dispute. In many cases, tenants are without working elevators or heat and the landlord is nowhere to be found. Our experienced tenant/landlord attorneys can help in these circumstances.
Another area in which a tenant or landlord rights lawyer can help is in the arena of discrimination. When a landlord decides to offer units for rent, he cannot discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or religion. In the United States these things are expressly forbidden by law. This applies to both renters and sellers of real estate.
Likewise, you cannot discriminate based on someone’s disabilities. If a disabled tenant comes along who can afford a unit in your building and you know they are a good risk, they have sufficient income and their credit is good, these tenants should be allowed to make reasonable modifications to their unit or apartment to make it more accessible to them.
Lastly, tenants are legally protected against unfair eviction. No landlord can throw someone out of their place before their lease expires unless they did something to deserve it. If you are a landlord or tenant, and you are not sure, this is where you should speak with an experienced evictions lawyer or attorney.
At ASG, we handle every type of landlord and tenant dispute. Put yourself in good hands and let us help you with drafting commercial and residential leases or negotiating legal documents that will work for you. If you are a landlord or a tenant in Fort Walton Beach, FL in need of legal representation, our firm can help. Give us a call today.