If the landlord does not comply, a tenant must notify the landlord, in writing, by hand delivery or mail of noncompliance with Florida law or the requirements of the rental agreement. The written notice shall also indicate the tenant’s intention to terminate the rental agreement due to this noncompliance. The tenant may terminate the rental agreement if the landlord fails to come into compliance within seven days after delivery of the written notice.
If the tenant does not comply, a landlord must notify a tenant in writing of any perceived noncompliance except for the failure to pay rent. If the issue can be corrected, the tenant will have seven days in which to make the correction. If the tenant still has not complied after seven days, the landlord can begin the eviction process based on noncompliance. If the issue is one in which the tenant should not be given an opportunity to correct it (i.e., destruction, damage, intentional misuse or continued unreasonable disturbance), the tenant will have seven days to surrender the premises.
Each eviction case is unique, so be sure to obtain legal advice. A landlord may not evict you solely in retaliation for the tenant complaining to a governmental agency about code violations or asserting other tenant rights.
Information on the Monroe County State Attorney’s Office website is for informational purposes only.
It should not be used as or be construed as legal advice. Contact an attorney if you have a legal issue.