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Learning from a Google Review Alex P and Alan West: Embracing Feedback By Creating the Talk to the Attorney Option

Posted by Debi Rumph | Nov 10, 2023 | 0 Comments

Our firm deeply values client feedback, recognizing its significance in shaping our services. We appreciated the feedback so much that we devoted a blog article to it: Learning from a Google Review: Embracing Feedback By Creating the Talk to the Attorney Option. In sum, to cater to diverse client needs, we introduced the “Talk to the Attorney” session, offering advice based on client-provided information. To learn more about the TTTA session, please watch this short video: Talk to the Attorney. This option, though accompanied by disclaimers and risks, acknowledges that affordability matters to our clients. We appreciate the insight received, enabling us to refine our approach and express heartfelt gratitude to our clients for their invaluable feedback.

Can my landlord break my lease to sell in Florida? Can a landlord terminate a lease early to sell the property in Florida?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Oct 20, 2023 | 0 Comments

The blog explores whether landlords have special privileges when selling rental properties. The answer is no, but landlords might attempt lease termination if the tenant violates terms. Landlords, especially those planning to sell, might avoid new leases or use month-to-month agreements. Tenants, particularly on month-to-month leases, have rights, although limited. To protect oneself, understanding rights and acting promptly is crucial. Consulting an attorney before agreeing to or resisting a lease termination is wise. For assistance or inquiries, contacting (407) 294-9959 or completing an interactive form is recommended.

Free Moving Tips From the Perspective of The Law Offices of Debi Rumph's Tenants’ Clinic Corner to Maximize a Return of your Security Deposit

Posted by Debi Rumph | Oct 14, 2023 | 0 Comments

The blog post offers essential advice for tenants preparing to move out of a rental property in Florida. It emphasizes clear communication with landlords about necessary repairs and suggests formal notification methods for documented cases. The post stresses the importance of utilizing move-in inspection reports and scheduling move-out inspections to ensure a fair assessment of the property's condition. Tenants are encouraged to document move-out conditions through photographs and videos, with specific tips on creating timestamped evidence. Independent witnesses during move-out inspections and confirming the return of keys are highlighted as crucial steps. Providing a forwarding address, waiting for the security deposit return, and timely objections to security deposit claims are emphasized to protect tenants' rights.

What Pests are Allowed in Florida Renters rights?/Which Pests Must Landlords Eliminate?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Oct 06, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a Florida resident, dealing with pest infestations can be a significant challenge, requiring a substantial investment of time, knowledge, and money to resolve. However, you can take control of pest-related issues in your home by understanding and applying the responsibilities of landlords as outlined in the Florida Landlord and Tenant Act. It's crucial to know your rights as a tenant, demand effective pest control measures, and seek help if needed.

How Long do Florida Landlords have to Return the Security Deposit?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 29, 2023 | 0 Comments

In Florida, landlords have specific obligations regarding the return of a tenant's security deposit. When no claims are made on the deposit, Florida law, Fla. Stat. s. 83.49(3)(a), requires landlords to return it within 15 days after the tenant moves out. However, if the landlord intends to make a claim, they must notify the tenant within 30 days of the tenant's departure, as per Fla. Stat. s. 83.49(3)(b). This notice period, combined with the initial 15-day timeframe, typically results in a maximum of approximately 60 days for returning the deposit. These timelines ensure that tenants receive their deposits promptly.

The Evolution: From "Free Consultations" to Tailored Legal Sessions

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 28, 2023 | 0 Comments

A free consultation may sound like an enticing offer, but how often have you walked away from one feeling more bewildered than enlightened, or as if you've just endured a high-pressure sales pitch? In this article, we'll explore the transformation of legal consultations and why certain law firms, especially those offering lower fees, are moving away from the conventional "free consultation" model.

Mastering Live In-Person Court Testimony

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Testifying in person can be intimidating, but this article provides essential insights. In a civil lawsuit, you'll need to testify honestly under oath. Preparation is key; discuss your case with your attorney to anticipate questions. Arrive early at the courthouse, maintain courtroom etiquette, and stay composed. Expect the opposing attorney to challenge your case vigorously. Follow these do's: notify your attorney of concerns, learn courtroom procedures, stay respectful, listen carefully, and consult with your attorney. Don't interrupt, engage in disrespectful behavior, or answer questions you don't understand. By following these guidelines, you can navigate live in-person testimony effectively for a fair resolution.

Who Do You Call When Landlord Won't Fix Things in Florida?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 26, 2023 | 0 Comments

Call Debi "Queen" Rumph. an attorney who is passionate about tenant law. As a tenant, it's important to note that you may be responsible for repairs instead of your landlord. This can be a costly surprise, so it's best to work with a lawyer who specializes in tenant law to come up with a plan on how to break free of that burdensome lease and dissolve that potentially expensive obligation. Tenants may need to withhold rent to ensure necessary repairs are made, but this can lead to potential eviction proceedings. It's crucial to retain a strategic lawyer who has extensive experience in tenant law to avoid costly eviction proceedings, unnecessary expenses, and being held responsible for repairs that you may not be entitled to.

How Can I Break My Lease In Florida Without Penalty?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 22, 2023 | 0 Comments

Terminating a lease in Florida without penalties is possible with careful strategy and legal knowledge. The process depends on the tenant's unique circumstances. Start by reviewing your written lease, even if it's expired, and look for termination clauses, expiration dates, and renewal provisions. Check if any lease provisions violate the Florida Landlord and Tenant Act; if they do, the landlord can't enforce them. Consider individual factors like lease duration and the landlord-tenant relationship. In most cases (90%), tenants can legally terminate the lease, but in complex situations, negotiate a reduced termination fee with the landlord. Seek legal advice if needed.

Can You Stop Paying Your Landlord Rent If Things Aren’t Fixed in Florida?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 15, 2023 | 0 Comments

As a tenant, living in a safe and habitable rental home is your right. It can be frustrating and concerning when your landlord fails to address necessary repairs. Many tenants wonder if they have the option to withhold rent until the repairs are made. While the answer is not straightforward, understanding the factors involved can help you make an informed decision. While withholding rent may seem like a viable solution, it is essential to approach the situation strategically to avoid potential eviction. Before taking this step, weigh the pros and cons, and consider seeking legal guidance. Doing so can ensure that your rights are protected and that you have a solid defense in case an eviction action is initiated against you.

How long does a landlord have to get rid of roaches in Florida?/Can I break my lease because of roaches in Florida? Part II

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 08, 2023 | 3 Comments

This blog article explores the timeframe within which a landlord in Florida must address a roach infestation if they are responsible for pest control. It references Fla. Stat. s. 83.51(2)(a) as the guideline for this situation, highlighting its complexity and likening it to a puzzle with missing pieces. According to this statute, landlords of dwellings other than single-family homes or duplexes are required to provide "reasonable provisions" for roach extermination. If the infestation reaches a point where temporary evacuation is necessary, the landlord is not accountable for damages but must offer rent relief. Tenants are allowed to temporarily vacate for a maximum of 4 days with 7 days' written notice when extermination becomes imperative.

Can I sue my landlord for not making repairs in Florida? Can You Sue Your Landlord for Not Making Repairs in Florida? Exploring Tenant's Rights

Posted by Debi Rumph | Aug 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

This article answers the question: Can I sue my landlord for not making repairs in Florida? Suing a landlord for failing to make necessary repairs in Florida is a complex matter, shaped by a multitude of factors. This article delves into the intricacies of this issue, highlighting the importance of understanding responsibilities, legal statutes, and types of damages sought.

Received A 15 Day Notice in Florida? What Is Your Next Move? What do you do when you get a 15-Day Notice to Vacate From Your Landlord in Florida?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Aug 25, 2023 | 0 Comments

The blog article delves into the intricate world of tenant law, highlighting the need for a personalized approach in addressing legal challenges. Written by Debi Rumph (aka Queen), a respected tenant lawyer, the article emphasizes the complexity of Florida tenant law and the importance of tailoring strategies to individual situations. Rumph underscores the significance of addressing key questions such as goals, lease terms, expiration dates, and appropriate legal service. Only by meticulously considering these factors can tenants strategize effectively. The article concludes with a compelling call to action, urging readers to seek professional guidance at the Law Offices of Debi Rumph to protect their rights.

The CDC Has Issued A New Eviction Moratorium In Communities With Substantial or High Levels of Community Transmission of COVID-19

Posted by Debi Rumph | Aug 05, 2021 | 0 Comments

The CDC's New Eviction Moratorium (“New Moratorium”) is set to expire on October 3, 2021, unless extended, modified, or rescinded. See However, the New Moratorium does not apply to everyone. To be entitled to pr...

It’s Time to Plan Right Now!!! The CDC Eviction Moratorium is now extended until July 31, 2021—Which is intended to be the Final Extension!

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jul 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Moratorium's new expiration date is July 31, 2021, unless extended, modified, or rescinded. See However, this extension is intended to be the LAST extension. What Should A Tenant Do to Assert CO...

Can’t Pay Your Rent? Our Florida Wants to Help!

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jun 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Our Florida is a Florida federally-funded relief program to support residents and businesses as they continue to recover and rebuild.  It makes up to 12 months of rental payments and utility payments for those who are eligible. Am I eligible? You are eligible if you: • Are a renter in Florida; ...

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