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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...

Adding a Roommate to Your Lease

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

If you are thinking about asking someone to live with you and share expenses, then you should learn what is required to add a roommate to your lease. Be aware that if your lease specifically states that no roommates are allowed, you could be evicted by adding a roommate in violation of this claus...

Who is responsible for repairs?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The property manager/owner is responsible for ensuring the property is fit to live in and in a good state of repair. The tenant must notify them of any repairs needed. If a tenant, or their guest, damages the property, they may have to pay for repairs. Example 1. If a tenant breaks a window by th...

The landlord is selling

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A landlord is allowed to sell their property during your tenancy even if you have a fixed term tenancy agreement. The landlord or the landlord's agent has to comply with the tenancy law when they are selling. Viewings and inspections If they give you the proper notice, the landlord has a right to...

Can a tenant break a lease because of mold?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Nov 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

A tenant residing in Florida may have certain legal rights when the landlord fails to maintain the premises.  Due to the warm and humid climate in South Florida, it is common for tenants to have roof leaks, air conditioning leaks, and pipe bursts all of which introduces water into the property.  ...

Knowing When to Walk Away from a Lease Negotiation

Posted by Debi Rumph | Sep 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Experience is the best teacher… and this month, I learned quite a bit.  In the age of working in the cloud, I have finally decided it's time for me to reduce my business office's foot print.  I no longer need 800 square feet.  So, I started looking at executive offices.  It makes sense to share a...

Actions That Could be Considered Retaliation by A Landlord

Posted by Debi Rumph | Aug 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

According to landlords, there are many things tenants do that irritate landlords—even unintentionally.  Fortunately for tenants, Florida's law attempts to protect tenants from these irritated landlords who may be tempted to take revenge against an unsuspecting tenant. Tenants, who in good faith, ...

Dealing with disruptive neighbors

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jul 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Everyone is entitled to live peacefully in their home regardless of where they live, or whether they rent or own a property. You're not expected to tolerate excessive noise or physical or verbal abuse from a neighbor. Disruptive behavior Disruptive behavior is anything that unreasonably or repeat...

What pet-owning tenants should know about no-pets clauses

Posted by Debi Rumph | Jun 01, 2018 | 0 Comments

In certain situations, a landlord may not be able to enforce a no-pets clause. Most standard leases and rental agreements contain no-pets clauses. Such provisions are legal everywhere, and courts generally allow a landlord to evict a tenant who acquires a pet in violation of a lease clause and re...

Late Rent Fees

Posted by Debi Rumph | May 04, 2018 | 0 Comments

The basics of late rent fees, including the limits on how much landlords can charge, is an important issue that all tenants should attempt to understand. Landlords often impose a late fee when rent is even a few days late. But the size of the late fee may be subject to legal limits, and in some s...

Paying Your Rent with Money Orders

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you paying your rent with a money order?  Are you getting a receipt for each payment?  If not, you can find yourself in a world of trouble.  Note, those little money order receipts you get with each purchased money order are only good for tracing a cashed money order—they do not, on the hand,...

How to be “the perfect tenant!”

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Come on, let's face it. We all think it, we all know it: We're perfect. We put ourselves on a pedestal because our brains are wired to do so, so it's not always easy to see when we're wrong. And when it comes to being a tenant you are, of course, the definition of perfection. That's why it is so ...

Can a landlord come into my apartment whenever they want?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Generally speaking, no. A landlord has a right to enter rental units in the case of emergency or to make repairs. Usually, in the case of repairs, they are required to ask permission and/or to provide advance notice before entering. State law often governs the requirements of this notice.

I am in foreclosure – what do I do?

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you have been served with foreclosure papers or will be within a short period of time, you should know that the worst thing that you can do is NOTHING. Ignoring your real estate problems will only make them worse. Homeowners facing these difficult and challenging circumstances are urged to con...

Residential Real Estate Attorney

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you are looking for someone to give you reliable legal representation for a real estate transaction, Attorney Debi V. Rumph is the person to call. Debi is versed in the following housing related issues: foreclosures, real estate closings, and tenants. In order to develop her practice in reside...

Representing Tenants

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tenants can have a lot of difficulties with landlords and their leases. We have made it our mission to provide the necessary information that tenants need to sail smoothly through these complex situations. On our Tenant Clinic page, we list some of the most common problems that we see leading to ...

Real Estate Closings

Posted by Debi Rumph | Feb 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Are you interested in buying or selling a home? Did you know that hiring a lawyer to represent you in this process can get you the results you desire? Often homeowners and potential buyers are led to believe they do not need to hire a lawyer for the buying/selling of a home. This is not the case....

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