In a perfect world, all tenants would pay their rent on time, abide by the rental agreement, and become the model of rental perfection. Unfortunately, none of us live in that world. Sometimes, no matter how carefully you screen and select prospective renters, you'll have to evict a tenant. For landlords in and around the Miami area, here's what you need to know to make sure the process runs smoothly.
Understand Everyone's Responsibilities
Before you get to the point of needing to evict a tenant, understand all of your responsibilities as well as the tenant's.
Landlord responsibilities include making sure the property is livable. This means it must have:
As the landlord, you're responsible for keeping the property maintained that it meets these requirements. You must cover the financial expense of doing so.
Tenant's have their own responsibilities which include:
Both you and your tenant must comply with your rental agreement. If you want to change a clause, you'll need to wait until it's time to sign a new lease. In Miami Beach, if you want to change an oral month-to-month agreement or a written agreement with no specified duration, you must give 30 days written notice.
How to Evict in Miami
Not every landlord or tenant takes their responsibilities as seriously as others. Sometimes, life happens and bills go unpaid. Either way, you may find yourself in the position to evict your tenant. The process has multiple steps, and it's important to follow each one exactly.
The eviction process can be complicated and lengthy. You need to understand how it works so that you know how best to deal with tenants who do not comply with the rental agreement. It's always advisable to discuss the eviction process and other issues with tenants with your attorney. Your attorney will make sure you are compliant with Florida and Miami landlord/tenant laws and the eviction process.
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