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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 | 2 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; ...

Have You Withheld Rent from Your Landlord? What is Next?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jan 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Although Florida law requires a tenant to withhold rent to preserve the tenants' rights under the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (“Act”), doing so can be quite tricky. If you have not already done so, you may want to read the following articles: Put Your Landlord On Notice For Failure To Mak...


Posted by Debi Rumph | Dec 16, 2020 | 0 Comments

A free telephone call can be a fantastic experience. It gives you an law firm's undivided and direct attention to get much-needed information on a subject. However, it has its limitations. Therefore, you should prepare yourself as best you can to maximize your experience. We provide five (5) m...

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