Is Florida Becoming More Landlord Friendly?

Florida’s legislature recently passed amendments to the state’s landlord-tenant laws that appear to provide more rights — and fewer burdens — for landlords.

Included in the multiple revisions to the state’s rental laws are:

A provision that gives tenants only a 3-day grace period before a landlord can file for eviction for failure to pay rent;

The right to evict tenants without providing additional notice for a second offense within one year. The statute includes unauthorized guests, cars or pets, poor housekeeping and parking violations as grounds for eviction;

The right to continue an eviction in some cases when the tenant submits partial rent payments; and

Deletion of some of the more onerous security deposit disclosures.

The changes passed both the state house and senate with significant majorities. The new law is expected to take effect July 1.

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