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Florida Eviction Moratorium Extended Until August 1, 2020

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jul 01, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID 19 Tenant Rights If you have read my article:  Corona Virus 19, Florida Evictions, and Tenant's Rights, by now, you know that depending on a tenant's circumstances, in Florida, a landlord may have been prohibited from filing an eviction against a tenant up until at least May 17, 2020.  Howe...

Has Your Landlord Locked You Out? What Should You Do Next?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jun 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Has your landlord locked you out? In my experience, the best thing a tenant can do is to do the following—in the following order: 1. Make a police report. 2. Confirm the lockout with video and/or witnesses. 3. Send the landlord texts or emails requesting that the locks be changed back. 4. Send yo...

Florida Eviction Moratorium Extended Until July 1, 2020

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jun 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID 19 Tenant Rights If you have read my article:  Corona Virus 19, Florida Evictions, and Tenant's Rights, by now, you know that depending on a tenant's circumstances, in Florida, a landlord may have been prohibited from filing an eviction against a tenant up until at least May 17, 2020.  Howe...

Florida Eviction Moratorium Extended Until June 2, 2020

Posted by Debi Rumph | May 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

COVID 19 Tenant Rights If you have read my article: Corona Virus 19, Florida Evictions, and Tenant's Rights, by now, you know that depending on a tenant's circumstances, in Florida, a landlord may be prohibited from filing an eviction against the tenant up until at least May 17, 2020. However, if...

As a Tenant, You MAY Have an OBLIGATION to Withhold Rent in Florida for a Landlord’s Failure to Make Repairs. But Can You AFFORD to do so?

Posted by Debi Rumph | May 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

When a landlord fails to make repairs to a rental home, it, understandably, causes the tenant concerns.  Who has the obligation to make repairs?  What should a tenant do if a landlord fails to make repairs?  What options are available to a tenant under such circumstances? Must a Landlord Make Rep...

Corona Virus 19, Florida Evictions, and Tenant’s Rights

Posted by Debi Rumph | Apr 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

With so many businesses closing their doors, unfortunately, many tenants are finding themselves either underemployed or even completely unemployed.  The obvious result is that many tenants are struggling to pay their obligations, including their rental payments. However, the good news is that ten...

Tenant protection loophole prompts mass evictions

Posted by Debi Rumph | Mar 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Renters across California came home to an early Christmas present from their landlords this season: a 60-day notice to vacate. Reports of sudden eviction drives are emerging throughout the state, spurred on by AB 1482's effective date of January 1, 2020. The new law caps annual rent increases in ...

2020: The year of the amended tax return

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, enacted on Dec. 20, 2019, included several tax changes with retroactive impact, requiring taxpayers and their advisors to consider filing amended 2018 tax returns. These include 28 regularly expiring tax breaks that had expired at the end of 2017 and h...

Proving Landlord Retaliation

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

How difficult is it to prove landlord retaliation?  It's not easy as one may think. Get witnesses. If the only person who witnesses the retaliation is you and the landlord, it will become a credibility battle in court.  Therefore, try to get witnesses to the retaliation.  For example, if a landlo...

What is Illegal Landlord Retaliation?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Dec 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Most often in my practice, landlords retaliate for the following reasons: The tenant demanded repairs that the landlord was obligated to perform. The tenant reported landlord to a governmental agency for some reason. The tenant failed to pay rent on time. How do these landlords actually r...

Top 4 Reasons Tenants Do Not Buy Renter Insurance

Posted by Debi Rumph | Oct 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

A 2014 poll from the insurance information institute found that 37% of renters don't get a renter insurance policy. It was astonishing to find out the reasons tenants gave for not purchasing it; they were mostly all myths and misconceptions. You've got belongings, and most of them are likely wort...

Your Rights as a Tenant

Posted by Debi Rumph | Aug 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

If your application to rent an apartment is rejected, you have a right to know why. It is illegal for a landlord to refuse your rental application for discriminatory reasons. This article focuses on the general rights of tenants, as governed by state and federal law. Federal Anti-Discrimination...

FAQ — Landlord Responsibilities: Criminal Activities

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jun 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding landlord responsibilities when it comes to protecting their tenants from criminals and other tenants. • What responsibilities does a landlord have for the tenants' safety and security? • Are there ways that a landlord can limit thei...

How to Get Your Security Deposit Back

Posted by Debi Rumph | May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Disputes over security deposits are the most common disagreements between tenants and landlords. Due to this, states have laws and regulations concerning what landlords can use the security deposit for, and the timeline for when a landlord has to return the security deposit. As in any legal dis...

Requirements for Landlord Entry

Posted by Debi Rumph | Apr 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Every tenant has the right to privacy; however, a landlord has also the right to maintain their property. Sometimes, a landlord must enter a tenant's apartment to deal with emergencies; such as making repairs or showing the apartment to another potential tenant. Even though a tenant cannot unreas...

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